NORMAN, Okla. – The Golf Coaches Association of America honored Cal with a 2013 Team Academic Award on Wednesday. The Golden Bears were one of an all-time 143 teams across all levels of collegiate golf (NCAA Division I, II, III; NAIA; NJCAA DI; NJCAA DII) that posted GPA’s of 3.00 or higher.
“Academic excellence has long been a key component in the culture of this program,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “I’m proud of our players for once again balancing the challenges of academics and athletics at Cal. This is yet another well-earned honor for this historic team.”
Cal’s historic 2012-13 season is considered one of the finest in the history of college golf with the Bears winning 12 of 14 stroke-play tournaments to set a modern-era NCAA single-season win record previously established with the 10 victories recorded by the 1985-86 Oklahoma State team. Cal was ranked No. 1 in the final 2012-13 team rankings released after the conclusion of the season by both Golfweek and Golfstat despite losing to Illinois in the match-play semifinals of the NCAA Championship.
To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors a college or university must submit the GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year.