BOULDER — John Souza, who graduated this past May after earning three letters as a member of the University of Colorado golf team, was named to the Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar for the second straight year.
Souza, who owned a 3.32 grade point average majoring in Economics while earning a minor in Communication, was also the Pac-12 Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2017-18 academic year.
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 and have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I.
Souza owned a career average of 73.45 for 95 rounds, with his best season as a senior last year with a 72.81 mark for 37 rounds. He is one of 13 Buffaloes to be afforded the All-America Scholar honor, the 20th time a CU golfer has been recognized as Souza joined six previously who have earned the honor twice: John Luoma (1994-95), Mike Troyer (1994-95), Knut Ekjord (1997-99), Ben Fiala (1999-2000), Stephen Carroll (2002-03) and Philip Juel-Berg (2015-16).
In addition, the entire team was honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), as the 10 Buffaloes on the 2017-18 squad had a combined grade point average of 3.18.
"These are tremendous honors for the team and for John," said CU head coach Roy Edwards. "We ask a lot out of our team by missing a lot of class and this is a bi-product of their hard work in handling all the demands that come with being a student-athlete. In John's case, he leaves here as one of our most decorated athletes combining academics and athletics. He was a dedicated student, athlete, and teammate and he earned everything. I also want to congratulate our academic coordinator Katharine Lindauer, as she deserves a lot of credit."