Senior-to-be receives Golf Coaches Association of America academic award.
July 21, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma senior-to-be Riley Pumphrey was one of 138 NCAA Division I men's golfers named this week as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, as presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America. It is the third academic award this year for Pumphrey, who was also named to the academic all-district first team and to the Academic All-Big 12 first team.
"I am extremely proud of Riley and his accomplishments in the classroom," said OU head coach Ryan Hybl. "We really preach to the guys what it means to be a great student as well as a great athlete, and this honor shows his hard work in the classroom has paid off."
Pumphrey became the eighth OU golfer to be named to an All-America Scholar. It is OU's 11th such award, as three recipients were two-time honorees. The last Sooner named an All-American Scholar was Tyler Rody in 2010.
"This is our second All-America Scholar in two years, and we have only had seven other guys reach this platform in the history of our program," said Hybl. "That makes me excited, and my hope is our young guys each year buy into that thought."
Pumphrey, a finance major, is a regular in Oklahoma's lineup. During his recently completed junior campaign, he participated in a team-high-tying 13 tournaments, including the NCAA East Regional and the NCAA Championships. Pumphrey posted the lowest scoring average of his career this past year (73.19), which was third best among OU's regulars. His top performance of the season came in the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational when he tied for sixth place, one of his eight top-25 performances on the season. Pumphrey was also OU's top performer at the Puerto Rico Classic, tying for eighth place.
Additionally, Pumphrey was a key contributor in the team's record-breaking performance at the Desert Shootout in March. The Sooners set school standards for lowest round (18-under 270 in second round) and lowest 54-hole total in relation to par (-48). OU turned in three of the lowest seven rounds in school history in the event.
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 two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, hold a stroke average under 76.0 and maintain a minimum cumulative 3.2 grade-point average. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.