Five West Virginia Golfers Earn Big 12 Academic Honors

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Five West Virginia Golfers Earn Big 12 Academic Honors

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 17, 2018) – Five members of the West Virginia golf team were honored as part of the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Golf Teams, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

West Virginia golfers Drew Dewald, Etienne Papineau, Avery Schneider and Max Sear were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. Junior Tristan Nicholls earned Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honors.

“All the credit goes to these student-athletes and our academic support staff, especially our academic advisor Stephanie White,” coach Sean Covich said. “They have all found a way to balance our golf travel schedule and their demanding academic requirements. I’m really proud of the standard these guys have set for our young program.”

Dewald, who joined the Mountaineers out of McLennan Community College in 2016, is a senior management major. Schneider is a senior biology major who hails from New Albany, Ohio and joins Dewald in earning his first Big 12 honor. Sear, a junior management major from Unionville, Ontario, also earns his first Big 12 honor.

Papineau is a sophomore hailing from Quebec, Canada, and is majoring in sport and exercise psychology. He earns his first Academic All-Big 12 honor after being named to the All-Rookie Team last season. Nicholls, a junior economics major from Queensland, Australia, was previously named to the 2016 Big 12 All-Rookie Team.

Fifty-one student-athletes were honored as part of the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Golf Team. Forty-three golfers earned first team accolades, while eight were named to the second team.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

The Mountaineers travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, next week to participate in the 2018 Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship. The event is set to take place April 23-25 at Southern Hills Country Club.

Via WVU Sports. Follow @WVUSports and @WVUGolf on Twitter

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