|Manhattanville Golf Team Named GCAA Division III Academic National Champion|
After another stellar season on the course, the Manhattanville men's golf team received the highest academic honor in the country this week by being named the Division III Academic National Champion, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and presented by Farmers Insurance on Wednesday.
After earning GCAA All-Academic Team honors in 2010-11, the Valiants further excelled both in the classroom and on the course in 2011-12 in order to become the top academic team in D-III. The team boasted a cumulative GPA of 3.498 for the entire school year, just missing the President's Special Recognition honors (GPA of 3.50 or higher) that were bestowed on only 13 teams throughout all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA institutions. In addition, the Valiants boasted a pair of Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars – graduate student George Tischler and senior Mike Cresci – for the second straight year and had a department-best six honorees named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Manhattanville, which by virtue of its award also earned GCAA All-Academic Team honors for the second straight year, was one of only nine teams in Division III to earn the All-Academic recognition while also qualifying as a team for the NCAA Division III Championships during the spring.
"I am very proud to be associated with this group of players who have had such success not only on the course, but also in the classroom and in our community," said head coach Nikhil Kumar.
On the course, Manhattanville set a new team scoring record (310.0 strokes per round) for the third straight season and won a record three invitationals over the course of the year, helping the squad earn the program's first-ever GCAA national ranking at the end of the fall semester. In the spring, the team cruised to the program's third straight Freedom Conference Championship with a dominating 55-stroke victory in Hershey, earning the team a third straight spot in the NCAA Division III Championships. As a result, all five starters were named to the All-Freedom Conference teams (including four first-team honorees, led by Freedom Player of the Year Nick Sica), while Tischler went on to earn GCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors as well.
With the 2012-13 season just over a month away, the Valiants will be returning to the course soon to start the quest for a fourth straight Freedom Conference title and NCAA Championship appearance. The season opens on September 8 and 9 at the Trinity (Conn.) Fall Invitational.