May 16, 2017
FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin landed a pair of golfers on the Southland Conference All-Academic team, announced today by the league office. Seniors Major Monzingo and Baxter Ward each earned one of the five spots on the team.
To be eligible for the Southland Conference All-Academic team, golfers must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s events. Voting was conducted by the league’s head coaches, sports information directors and academic representatives.
Monzingo earned an automatic spot on the All-Academic team by virtue of being named a first team All-SLC selection. The senior from Trophy Club ended the 2016-17 season as the Lumberjacks’ scoring average leader at 73.42, the sixth-lowest in program history, while leading the team with 12 rounds of par or better. A marketing major, Monzingo ended the year with three top-10 tournament finishes, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Colin Montgomerie Invitational.
Ward adds another accolade to his resume after being named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection last week, capturing a spot on the men’s at-large team. The senior from Armidale, Australia posted a 75.00 scoring average in 23 rounds played, finishing the year with seven rounds of par-or-better. A business economics major, Ward closes out his SFA career 12th all-time in career scoring average (75.14) while ranking ninth all-time in career par or better rounds (20).
Monzingo and Ward become the first SFA golfers to capture Academic All-SLC honors since Kyle Robbins earned a spot on the team in both 2010 and 2011. The 2016-17 Southland Conference men’s golf All-Academic team had a definitive international flavor with the five recipients spanning five different countries, hailing from England, Germany, Australia (Ward) and Sweden with Monzingo representing both the United States and the Lone Star state.
2017 Southland Conference Men’s Golf All-Academic Team
- Louis Tomlinson – Central Arkansas
- Major Monzingo – Stephen F. Austin
- Paul Oberman – Southeastern Louisiana
- Baxter Ward – Stephen F. Austin
- Markus Kreiger – New Orleans