NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma men’s golfers Michael Gellerman and Charlie Saxon were among the 210 Division I golfers named as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
As juniors, both Gellerman and Saxon put together their best seasons as Sooners in 2013-14. They were recognized as members of the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First Team, with the recognition being the second of Gellerman’s career and the first of Saxon’s. Additionally, Gellerman and Saxon were placed on the PING All-Central Region Team.
“Having two guys this year as All-America Scholars is very impressive, and we are extremely proud of Michael and Charles,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “They both are hard workers in the classroom, and they truly are deserving of the award and what it stands for.”
Gellerman concluded the season with a 72.22 (+0.90) scoring average, the best of his career and a significant improvement from a 74.43 (+2.83) mark as a sophomore. At the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in April, Gellerman grabbed his first career victory with a 6-under-par 204, a career-low 54-hole total. The Sterling, Kan., native carded nine rounds in the 60s last season, including a career-best 66. In 2013-14, Gellerman recorded one win, three top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes and eight top-20 finishes. He was named to the 2014 All-Big 12 team.
Saxon fired a career-low 206 (-4) at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic, tying him for fourth place, his best finish in a team event. The junior had two top-five, four top-10 and seven top-20 finishes last season, as well as seven rounds in the 60s. His 72.60 (+1.27) scoring average was second best for the Sooners and his career best.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon 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, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
At least one Sooner golfer has received the honor in each of Hybl’s five seasons at OU. As a team, the Sooners were recognized as an all-academic team by the GCAA for posting a 3.0 or better GPA.