Gandranata and Murphy Named All-America Scholars

July 13, 2009

BERKELEY - Returning senior John Murphy and newly graduated George Gandranata received Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors Monday in an announcement from the Golf Coaches Association of America.

They are two of the 108 golfers to be so recognized in Division I, where only juniors and seniors who have competed at least two full years in 70 percent of their team's rounds with a stroke average of 76.0 and a GPA of 3.2 or higher are eligible for the accolade. Recipients must also be considered to be of high moral character and in good standing at his college or university.

Gandranata ended his undergraduate studies with Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention and All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors for 2008-09. He competed in 11 of the Golden Bears' 13 events with a team-low 71.7 stroke average over 34 rounds. He has also received a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship to assist his future plans to pursue an MBA and eventually a Ph.D. in either economics or business administration.

Murphy, a 2008-09 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention, competed in 12 events with a 72.7 stroke average, finishing fifth at the Pac-10 Championship in his first year at California, one year after transferring from Old Dominion.

'We have some very high achievers, athletically and academically, and I've very pleased for George and John,' said Head Coach Steve Desimone. 'They really are the epitome of the student-athlete at this university. It's a tremendous national honor.'

The only other Pac-10 golfers to make the list were Knut Borsheim of Arizona State and Dodge Kemmer of Stanford.

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