Golfers Gutgsell, Yi Honored as All-America Scholars

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Golfers Gutgsell, Yi Honored as All-America Scholars

BATON ROUGE – While the LSU men’s golf program certainly received its share of recognition for an outstanding 2010-11 campaign on the course, juniors Austin Gutgsell and Sang Yi have been honored for their performance in the classroom as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for 2011.

The LSU tandem was among 138 players in NCAA Division I named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars and announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Wednesday evening.

In order for a student-athlete to be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, he must be either a junior or senior academically while competing at least two full seasons at the collegiate level. He must also have participated in 70 percent of his squad’s competitive rounds during the previous season or competed at the NCAA Championships, finished the year with a scoring average under 76.0 strokes per round and maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 during his collegiate career.

In addition, a student-athlete must also be of high moral character and in good standing both academically and athletically at his college or university to receive recognition.

Gutgsell, a Mandeville native who has maintained a cumulative 3.45 GPA during his college career, made 11 tournament starts for the Tigers in 2010-11 while finishing the season with a 75.45 scoring average.

In October, Gutgsell enjoyed the best performance in his three seasons with the Tigers as he took home an individual championship for the first time in his career at the David Toms Intercollegiate at the Country Club of Louisiana. Gutgsell fired a career-low 10-under par 206 at the Country Club of Louisiana to claim the individual crown en route to earning Golfweek National Player of the Week honors after the tourney.

Yi, who has maintained a cumulative 3.40 GPA in three seasons at LSU, wrapped up his junior season for 2010-11 with a career-low scoring average of 73.55 strokes per round to finish the campaign as the team’s third-leading scorer while competing in 12 tournaments.