LUBBOCK, Texas – The accolades from a historical 2017-18 campaign for Texas Tech men's golf keep rolling in.
Three Red Raiders—Hurly Long, Fredrik Nilehn and Ivan Ramirez, have been named Cleveland/Srixon Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), just days after Tech, as an All-Academic team, received President's Special Recognition from the GCAA for a team GPA over 3.5.
To be eligible for the honor, 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 career 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.
"What else can you say about these guys?" Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands said. "They've left a lasting impression on this program, both with what they have been able to accomplish on the course and in the classroom, and that includes Ivan, who still has another year to add to what is shaping up to be a pretty awesome career as a Red Raider. It's been an honor to coach these men."
Nilehn, the 2018 Big 12 Golfer of the Year, was a semifinalist for every major National Player of the Year award after bringing home two individual titles on his way to a 70.1 scoring average for the season, a school record.
Long began the 2017-18 season by snagging the course record at Pebble Beach with an incredible second-round 61, en route to winning the Carmel Cup. He capped off his senior year with a dominating 5&3 win in the NCAA Match Play quarterfinals against Alabama.
Ramirez put together a phenomenal week in Stillwater at the NCAA Championships, going -5 for the stroke play portion at one of the nation's most difficult courses, tying for fourth place. He now owns the best individual finish at the NCAA Championship in program history.
Tech had five Red Raiders named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team earlier this year, including two (Kyle Hogan and Sandy Scott), who did so with 4.0 GPAs.
The Red Raiders made an incredible run to the match play portion of the NCAA Championship, taking third place in the stroke play portion of the championship. Tech will return four of the five players who took part in that historical week for the 2018-19 season, including Ramirez.
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