NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma graduate Abraham Ancer has been named a Division I Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Wednesday.
Ancer is just the second golfer in program history to win academic and athletic All-America recognition, joining Grant Waite, who graduated from OU in 1987. At least one Sooner golfer has received the honor in each of head coach Ryan Hybl’s four seasons at OU.
“I have to say that I feel extremely honored and proud about this accomplishment,” Ancer said. “Going into my college my goal was to be an All-American, and being able to do that both athletically and academically tells me that my time at OU was well worth it.”
Ancer received the honor for the second consecutive season and is the fifth OU golfer to be recognized as a two-time honoree. For the past two seasons, he was named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team.
“Abe was such a good performer for us on the golf course and in the classroom,” Hybl said. “He always took care of his business, and having him as a two-time All-America Scholar is very special for him and our golf program.”
In May, Ancer graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies. As a senior, he helped lead the Sooners to their third-straight NCAA Championships, where they finished 11th for the second year in a row.
Ancer recorded eight top-20, five top-10 and three top-five finishes and posted a team-best 72.71 scoring average in 2012-13. He competed in all 13 team tournaments for the Sooners and posted a season-best tie for third place at the Big 12 Championship.
Ancer finished second in OU history in career scoring average with a 72.42 (+0.93 in relation to par) behind only three-time All-American Anthony Kim (71.73, +0.22 in relation to par).
To be eligible for Division I 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 or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum 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.