July 24, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - On Wednesday, the 2013 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for Divisions I, II and the NAIA were announced by the GCAA. A total of 152 players in Division I, 57 in Division II and 18 in NAIA earned the honor. Among the student-athlete scholars, two honorees were Tennessee's Rick Lamb and Brandon Rodgers.
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 or compete in the NCAA Championships, 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 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.
Lamb capped off his senior season and Tennessee career with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship. The Bradenton, Fla., native finished his senior season with a 72.72 stroke average, 15 rounds of par or better, and a low round best of 65 at the SeaBest Invitational. In addition, Lamb was the winner of two individual tournaments and had four top-10 finishes during the 2012-13 season. Lamb will graduate next semester with a degree in Economics.
Rodgers, a rising senior, emerged as a key contributor for the Vols down the stretch. He finished with a 75.05 stroke average, six rounds of par or better, and was the Vols' fifth starter at the NCAA Championship. Additionally, Rodgers won his first career collegiate tournament at the 2013 Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate.
The pair was also named to the 2013 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.
The All-America Scholar recognition is just one of many honors received by the Tennessee men's golf program for their achievements in the classroom this season. Head coach Jim Kelson's team was awarded with the Tennessee Male Scholar Athlete Team of the Year earlier this year at the annual Volscars program, the program posted a perfect APR score (1000), and had three freshmen selected to the 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
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