Van Cleave and Schumacher Garner Academic All-Big 12 Honors
DALLAS - Kansas State seniors Matt Van Cleave and Nick Schumacher were among 23 student-athletes named to the 2005 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Golf Team, the league office announced Wednesday.
For the second consecutive year, Van Cleave was named to the first team, which consists of 14 members who have maintained at least a 3.20 GPA. The Maryville, Mo., product is the fifth Wildcat to be selected to the first team more than once. A social science major, Van Cleave is the first Wildcat to be named to the first team in consecutive seasons since Matt Williams and Scott McNeely were honored in 2000-01 and 2001-02.
Schumacher, a native of Lubbock, Texas, was named to the second team and is a first-time recipient of the conference honor. A finance major, Schumacher was one of nine student-athletes selected to the second team. Student-athletes must maintain a GPA between 3.0 and 3.19 to be eligible for the second team.
"Obviously, it is a very deserving award for both Matt and Nick," head coach Tim Norris remarked. "You like to see your seniors do well. They’ve certainly provided great leadership this year. There are no better examples to follow then the examples those guys have set on and off the golf course."
In eight seasons at the helm of the K-State golf program, head coach Tim Norris has now had 17 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Golf Team. In all, K-State has had 25 student-athletes named to academic all-conference teams since the 1990-91 season.
Van Cleave has appeared in all 11 events this season and leads the team with a stroke average of 72.42 in 33 rounds. He has finished in the top 15 for seven straight events and has placed in the top five in four of six spring events. Van Cleave picked up his second-career victory at the Matlock Invitational in February, when he carded a 4-under 212.
Schumacher is third on the team with a stroke average of 74.79 in 24 rounds. He has participated in the last eight events and has earned four top-15 finishes in six spring events. His best finish came at the Matlock Invitational, where he tied for 10th at 4-over 220.
"It’s nice to see players make that team that are very integral parts," Norris said. "These guys are playing each and every week and at the same time they are keeping up with there academics, which is not an easy task. I’m very proud of both those guys and how they’ve represented
The Kansas State men’s golf team returns to action Friday at the Big 12 Championships in Trinity, Texas.