RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth University golf team was recently honored as an All-Academic Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The Rams were one of 59 Division I squads, and one of two Colonial Athletic Association teams, to received the honor. Drexel also represented the CAA. To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors a college or university must submit the grade points earned and hours attempted for each player on its official squad list for the academic year. The team GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
The recently graduated Mark Jargren (Helsingborg, Sweden) led the way in the classroom for VCU. In July, Jargren was named to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the GCAA. Jargren, a multiple dean's list honoree, boasted a 3.789 grade point average and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May with a degree in business administration and management.
VCU's efforts in the classroom haven't come at the expense of its play on the links, either. The Rams placed second at last season's CAA Championships and have placed no worse than third in six of the last seven league championships.
DePaul (Division I), Lynn (Division II), Grinnell (Division III), SCAD-Savannah (NAIA), USC-Lancaster (NJCAA DI) and South Mountain CC (NJCAA DII) were named Academic National Champions for their respective divisions. DePaul posted the highest recorded team GPA with 3.66. A total of 103 teams submitted GPAs of 3.00 or higher and earned All-Academic Team recognition. Alabama, Brown, Butler, Missouri and Yale were also accorded President's Special Recognition status for earning team GPAs of 3.50 or better.