By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – For the fifth straight year, at least one member of the Tennessee Tech men's golf team was named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
A total of 266 student-athletes in Division I, 112 in Division II, 23 in NAIA and 18 in NJCAA earned the honor for the 2018-19 season, including Golden Eagle Cameron Yeary. Additionally, 60 honorees were added to the previously released Division III Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics.
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 NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
"This award for Cameron is well-deserved," Tech head coach Polk Brown said. "I am so proud of him for earning this honor. He truly is the epitome of a student-athlete. His classroom work is exceptional and his efforts on the golf course match accordingly. Most importantly, he is an outstanding young man. I look forward to him continuing this type of success in his senior season. We are very fortunate to have him here in Cookeville."
The Knoxville native was among a group of 14 from the Ohio Valley Conference included in the 266 players chosen from throughout NCAA Division I schools.
Yeary played in all 11 of Tech's events throughout the season, turning in a scoring average of 74.31, a pair of All-Tournament honors and was named the team's Most Improved Player for the second straight year. He shaved more than a stroke off his scoring average from his sophomore to junior campaign and played his best golf of the year down the stretch for the Golden Eagles.
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