Thursday, July 26, 2012

Two OU Men's Golfers Named All-America Scholars

NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma graduate Riley Pumphrey and senior-to-be Abraham Ancer were among the 146 NCAA Division I male golfers named as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America Wednesday.

At least one Sooner golfer has received the honor in each of head coach Ryan Hybl's three seasons at OU.

"I am so proud of Abe and Riley for their commitment to be great off the course," Hybl said. "This makes two years in a row for Riley and that is a short list in our program’s history."

Pumphrey, a three-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 team, received the honor for the second consecutive season. He became the fourth OU golfer to be recognized as a two-time honoree.

"Academics are a great part of what Coach emphasizes," Pumphrey said. "You have to make your grades to stay eligible. When you make good grades and do well in school, it makes playing golf a whole lot easier."

Ancer, also an Academic-All Big 12 first-team selection, was Oklahoma's eighth recipient of the award.

"Academics are just as important as athletics to me," Ancer said. "I feel very honored to be named an All-America Scholar."

Pumphrey, who graduated with a Bachelor's degree in economics, and Ancer (multidisciplinary studies) led the team back to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships this season. Each was named to the 2012 Ping DI All-Central Region Team by the GCAA. Ancer’s two-top five and four top-10 finishes lead the team. Pumphrey is right behind with three top-10 finishes. Ancer, Pumphrey (or both) have also been the team’s top performing individual in nine of the squad’s 13 events.

Pumphrey’s season was highlighted by two eighth-place ties at the UTSA/Oak Hills and Linger Longer Invitationals.

Ancer also led the team with a 72.50 scoring average and competed in all of OU’s 13 team events. His share of third place at the 2012 Big 12 Championship marked a season-best finish.

"Becoming an Academic All-American is much harder than most would think," Hybl said, "so, again, I am proud of these two guys."

To be eligible for Division I Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, hold a stroke average under 76.0 and maintain a minimum cumulative 3.2 grade-point average. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

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