NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men’s golf team was one of just 37 Division III collegiate squads to be recognized as an All-Academic Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) for the 2016-17 year, as announced by the national organization last week.
“The golf program, under the direction of head coach Joel Baptista, has worked diligently to earn this recognition,” stated Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis. “The team should be proud of the balance they've demonstrated on and off the course, resulting in this honor.”
With a team GPA of 3.05 for the academic year, the Corsairs met the 3.0-plus requirement to earn national academic distinction. UMass Dartmouth joined Johnson & Wales as the only two Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) teams to earn such distinction from the GCAA. A total of 183 institutions were recognized as All-Academic across all three Divisions.
On the course during 2016-17, UMass Dartmouth collected six top-five finishes at its events and took sixth with a score of 633 at the 2016 GNAC Championships. The Corsairs’ highest two-round finish came at the Husson Invitational, where Baptista’s charges gathered third place with a cumulative score of 619, and sophomore Jackson Mitchell (Marion, Mass.) tied for the individual title at 147 strokes. In the spring, UMass Dartmouth closed the year with its lowest single-round score of 317 at the Blazer Invitational, placing fourth.