Men's Golf Racks up Academic Awards

May 12, 2010

BERKELEY - The men's golf team was one of four Cal intercollegiate athletic programs to be publicly recognized for their academic excellence and achievement in the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rates, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

'We take pride in really challenging our players both on the golf course and in the classroom, and they have clearly answered our challenge,' said Cal men's golf head coach Steve Desimone. 'The fact that the NCAA recognized our academic excellence is just another reason to smile. These kids have worked hard and they deserve every honor and all the recognition.'

Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their APR scores. This announcement is part of the NCAA's overall academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Each year that the NCAA has reported Academic Progress Rates, all 25 of Cal's NCAA-sponsored programs have exceeded the required minimum score, with 18 sports showing improvement from the previous year in the 2009 figures.

To earn a satisfactory grade, teams must have an APR of at least 925 on a scale of 1-1000, and teams that score below 925 can be subject to loss of scholarships. The scores are based on a multiyear rate that averages scores from the past four full academic years.

Multiyear APRs for all teams will be announced at a later date.

At Cal's recent Academic Honors Luncheon, men's golf received both the team Golden Bear Award for having the highest GPA among the school's athletic programs (3.36 GPA), as well as the Big C Improvement Award for showing the greatest improvement from its historical GPA.

'We take great pride in knowing that of all 27 sports we are the No. 1 academic team at Cal,' said Desimone.

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