Rocket golfers Colin Joseph and Stephen Watts have each been tabbed as 2016-17 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced yesterday.
A record total of 260 players in Division I, 108 in Division II and 20 in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics earned the honor.
A finance major with a 3.837 grade-point average, Joseph ranked third on the team with a career-low 75.0 stroke average. He capped off his junior campaign by tying for fourth place at the 2017 Mid-American Conference Championships with a collegiate-best one-under par 287 (74-69-69-75) en route to earning MAC All-Tournament Team honors. A two-time Academic All-MAC selection as well as team co-captain, Joseph shot par or better on five occasions last year, including a collegiate-low four-under par 66 at the Macdonald Cup.
Watts also will be entering his senior season in the 2017-18 academic year and holds a 3.558 grade-point average in finance. He ranked second on the team last season with a career-best 74.6 stroke average and shot par or better on a squad-best seven occasions. A two-time Academic All-MAC selection as well as team co-captain, Watts’ top showing in 2016-17 was a third-place finish after carding a collegiate-best six-under par 204 (66-67-71) at the Macdonald Cup.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically; compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level; participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds; have a stroke average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and 79.0 in Division III; and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient also must be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.