Marquette was on a short list of Division I programs with four players named to the All-America Scholar list.
July 23, 2015
GCAA Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars
NORMAN, Okla. -- Four Marquette players - Brandon Cloete, Nick Nelson, Pat Sanchez and CJ Swift - were named to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar team by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) for their academic accomplishments during the 2014-15 season.
The four selections for MU to the All-America Scholar team are the most in a single season in program history - Marquette players had only earned the distinction four other times prior to last season. Marquette won its second BIG EAST Championship in April and advanced to NCAA Regionals for the second time.
“To have four student-athletes from the same team garner All-America Scholar status while capturing a BIG EAST title and advancing to the NCAA tournament, is an impressive accomplishment,” coach Steve Bailey said. “I’m extremely proud of our team and glad to see their efforts rewarded on the course and in the classroom.”
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 and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2.
Cloete earned All-America Scholar accolades for the second straight year - he was third on the team in scoring (74.59) last season and wrapped up his Marquette career third in all-time scoring average (74.26 / 53 rounds). Cloete, a product of Knysna, South Africa, graduated from MU in May.
For Nelson, the GCAA distinction is another accomplishment in a summer that has included a pair of wins on the amateur circuit. Nelson was named to the All-BIG EAST squad for the first time in his career in April when he finished 10th at the BIG EAST Championships. During the season, Nelson was second on the team in scoring average (74.36) and played in all 33 rounds.
Sanchez was tabbed BIG EAST Player of the Year by the league’s coaches in May - he became MU’s second player to earn the conference’s top honor. He was the BIG EAST individual co-champion after posting a 54-hole score of 1-under-par (215) to finish atop the leader board at Callawassie Island Golf Course. Sanchez, a native of Mazatlan, Mexico, was fourth in BIG EAST scoring average (73.61) and was named to the PING GCAA All-Midwest Region team.
Swift, who will return for his fifth season with the Golden Eagles this fall, enters the upcoming year 15th in school history in scoring (75.70 / 71 rounds). He was fourth on the team in scoring (75.95) in 21 rounds played last season, one of five MU players to rank in the BIG EAST’s top 20.