Scholarship Fits WSU Golfers to a Tee

OGDEN, Utah – Six members of the Weber State University golf team have achieved the academic equivalent of a hole in one, by being named to the 2005 Scholar All-American Team.

WSU is one of only three NCAA Division I schools in the nation to place at least six golfers on the academic All-American teams. To be selected to the team intercollegiate golfers must meet criteria for scholarship, athleticism and character.

"This honor reflects the caliber of student athletes our golf program recruits," said Molly Smith, professor of Health Promotion and Human Performance and faculty representative for Wildcat Athletics.

Clay Bingham, Greg Buckway and Matt Williams were selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America and Cleveland Golf, following the 2004-2005 season.

Bingham, from Spanish Fork, is working toward a degree in Spanish teaching. Buckway, of West Jordan, is a political science major. Williams is from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and majoring in finance. Bingham and Williams will be seniors for the upcoming season, while Buckway will be a junior.

On the women's side, Heather Balli, Katie Higham and Jessica Thomas were among the 199 women's collegiate golfers to be recognized by the National Golf Coaches Association. Balli, a senior for the upcoming season and president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, is from Littleton, Colo., majoring in elementary education. Higham, who led the Wildcats as a freshman last season, is from Shelley, Idaho, pursuing a major in health promotion. Thomas, from Layton will be entering her junior year and has yet to declare her major.

The women's team also features senior Amy Mombert who was named a scholar All-American by the NGCA for 2003-2004.

"Having seven returning scholar All-Americans is a great tribute to the kids in our program and how hard they work on the course and in the classroom," said WSU director of golf Jeff Smith. "It takes a total commitment to be a true student athlete."

The only other programs in Division I golf to return seven Scholar All-Americans are Ball State University and the University of South Carolina.

To qualify for the GCAA award, the student athlete must have an overall grade point average of 3.20 and must have competed in 70 percent of the college's regularly scheduled competitive rounds. To qualify for the NGCA award, the student athlete must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher and have competed in 50 percent of the school's competitive rounds. The student athlete must also be of high moral character and in good standing with their college to be eligible.

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Contact:

Molly Smith, Wildcat Athletics NCAA Faculty Representative
(801) 626-7361 · mmsmith1@weber.edu

Jeff Smith, head golf coach
(801) 626-7219 · jsmith13@weber.edu

Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu