NORMAN, Okla. – Three members of the Stephen F. Austin men's golf team were named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Wednesday morning for their hard work in the classroom and on the golf course throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Junior Blake Stock joined seniors Major Monzingo and Baxter Ward on the list of 260 NCAA Division I golfers who earned All-America Scholar status. It is the second consecutive year Ward has been named an All-American Scholar by the GCAA.
In order to be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf 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 and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.20. Additionally, the recipient must be of high moral character and be in good standing with the university.
An All-Southland Conference First Team selection, Monzingo was named Southland Golfer of the Month for February 2017 and registered a team-best 73.42 scoring average in 2016-17 after playing in all 31 rounds. His scoring average ranked him third in the conference and was the sixth-best for a season in program history. A native of Trophy Club, Texas (Byron Nelson H.S.), Monzingo posted three top-10 finishes last year highlighted by a runner-up showing at the Colin Montgomerie Spring Invitational. Graduating this past May with a degree in marketing, Monzingo completed his Lumberjack career with a 75.27 scoring average to rank 13th all-time in program history. The academic honor is the second of the year for Monzingo as he also earned a spot on the 2017 Southland All-Academic Team this past spring.
Earning a spot on the All-Southland Third Team, Stock owned a 74.23 scoring average after competing in 22 rounds of golf during the 2016-17 season. The Hewitt, Texas (Midway H.S.), native registered seven rounds of par-or-better in his first year as a 'Jack, including tying for the second-lowest round in program history at the Bob Sitton Spring Break Invitational with a 9-under 65. Stock captured the Colin Montgomerie Spring Invitational individual title with a 6-under 210, tied for third at the 2017 Southland Conference Championship with a 11-over 227 and placed fifth at the Little Rock First Tee Classic with a 1-under 215 that included a 4-under 68 in the second round.
Ward competed in 23 events for the 'Jacks in 2016-17 and recorded a scoring average of 75.00 for the season. Owning a perfect 4.00 as a MBA student, Ward notched seven rounds of par-or-better golf, including shooting a season-low 70 on two different occasions. The Armidale, Australia (Duval H.S.), native finished his SFA career with a 75.14 scoring average to rank 12th all-time in program history, while his 20 rounds of par-or-better is ninth and his 99 career rounds played is tied for 14th. Wednesday's announcement adds to the list of academic accolades for Ward after being named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) at-large All-District VII selection, claiming 2017 Southland All-Academic Team honors and earning a spot on the Southland Commissioner's Honor Roll for the spring semester.
As a team, SFA took runner-up honors at the 2017 Southland Conference Championship in McKinney, Texas, after a final round surge. It was the highest showing at the conference tournament for the 'Jacks since 1999 when SFA captured the league title.