NORMAN, Okla. – UMKC men’s golf was one of only 24 NCAA Division I programs to receive President’s Special Recognition academically, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced. To qualify, a program must record a cumulative team grade point average of 3.5 or higher. During the 2016 spring semester, the ’Roos recorded a 3.54 GPA in addition to winning the Western Athletic Conference title and making an NCAA Regional appearance on the links.
“There are so many great programs in college golf. For our program to be honored this way alongside only 23 others is very humbling,” head coach J.W. VanDenBorn said. “It is yet another testament to the culture our players have created here at UMKC. As a coach, it is extremely gratifying to see them recognized for their academic effort knowing the value they have placed on the privilege of being a student-athlete. It is an honor to be involved with these guys every day and to be a part of a special group and special season. I know we are all excited to build on our successes on and off the course going forward.”
The ’Roos were led in the classroom by Nick Auer (Wichita, Kan.), Jack Hermeston (Newcastle, England) and Thibault Vieilledent (Cannes, France), with all three posting a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring term. Auer is majoring in Accounting while Hermeston and Vieilledent are both studying Business Administration in UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management.
Matthew Sieg (Osseo, Wis.) recorded a 3.8 GPA while Cameron Wiltse (Chanute, Kan.) registered a 3.7 in the spring. Francois Lagraulet (Bordeaux, France) and Antoine Rozner (Paris, France) closed the semester with respective 3.5 GPAs. All four are Business Administration majors in the Bloch School. Both Rozner and Wiltse graduated following the spring semester. Rozner and Vieilledent were also previously named All-American Scholars by Cleveland Golf/Srixon and the GCAA.