Three Named All-America Scholars, Golfers Earn All-Academic Status
NORMAN, Okla. - Three Loyola University Maryland golfers – Connor Flach, Ethan Wall and Jeremy Wall – were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, while the men's golf team was honored as an All-Academic team for an eighth-straight year, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Wednesday.
The three All-America Scholar honorees marks the most for the Greyhounds under head coach Chris Baloga, while it's the second-straight year Flach has been honored.
To be eligible for the accolade, 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 and maintain a minimum cumulative 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.
"I am really proud of what these three guys have been able to accomplish in the classroom and on the course," Baloga said. "It is a great honor to be an Academic All-American, so to have three players with the accolade, all while being part of the difficult Sellinger School of Business, is really special."
Flach, a finance major and two-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's golf, became the first Loyola golfer to place in the top 25 of an NCAA Regional Championship, finishing tied for 24th at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in May. For the year, he shot nine rounds at par-or-better, including four rounds in the 60s, and recorded a 73.73 stroke average. The Ellicott City, Maryland, native concluded his career with a 74.42 stroke average and as the program's career record holder for rounds played (116) and birdies made (275), while his 82 birdies as a senior ranks sixth in the single-season record book.
Ethan Wall has played in 17 tournaments for the Greyhounds after transferring from Lehigh. He participated in 18 rounds as a redshirt junior and finished the year with a 74.72 stroke average. He shot two rounds in the 60s, including firing a career-best 65 through the second round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, and posted a 74.72 stroke average. With 14 rounds at par-or-better through the last two years at Loyola, the accounting major from Brielle, New Jersey, enters his final season with a 73.83 stroke average.
Jeremy Wall, a finance major from Brielle, New Jersey, recently qualified for the 2017 US Amateur Championship after winning a 4-for-1 playoff at the Brae Burn Country Club. The rising senior played in seven tournaments this past year for Loyola and recorded a 75.62 stroke average. In playing 26 tournaments and 73 rounds throughout his career, he has shot 15 rounds at par-or-better, five in the 60s and has a 74.66 stroke average.
In addition, the Greyhounds are one of 187 teams in NCAA Division I, and one of three in the Patriot League, to earn All-Academic Team status. To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors, a college or university must submit GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year and have at least a GPA of 3.0 or better.