July 29, 2015
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s golf team added to its lengthy list of accomplishments for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday as it received Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team honors.
South Carolina is one of 169 teams from all levels of collegiate golf to earn the honor. To be eligible for the recognition, a school must submit a GPA for each golfer on its roster and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Including the Gamecocks, a total of six SEC schools received the honor. Four Gamecocks ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” Sean Kelly, Matt NeSmith, Will Starke and Caleb Sturgeon ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars last week.
Carolina turned in one of the greatest seasons in school history in 2014-15. The Gamecocks won a school-record five tournament titles, recorded a school-record 10 top-five finishes and shattered the school record for team scoring average in a season by more than four strokes (282.85).
Individually, the Gamecocks combined for 33 top-20 finishes in team events, including 11 top-fives and three tournament wins. Starke earned second-team PING and Golfweek All-America honors, while NeSmith, who won the SEC individual title, garnered third-team PING and Golfweek All-America honors.