NORMAN, Okla. Kansas State rising senior Kyle Yonke has earned recognition for both his athletic and academic success, as he was named a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Thursday.
Yonke was among 99 student-athletes from Division I to garner recognition from the organization and one of just 13 from the Big 12 Conference. His selection marks the second time in the last three years that a Wildcat golfer has been selected as an All-America Scholar, as Matt Van Cleave earned the distinction in 2004.
The native of Lubbock, Texas, Yonke saw action in all 13 events for the Wildcat men’s golf team in 2006-07, finishing the regular season tied for first on the team with a 75.24 stroke average. He collected four top-20 finishes, including a career-best eighth-place finish at the 2007 Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic with a 1-under par 215 (72-73-70) in March. A marketing major, Yonke has twice been named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team.
Juniors and seniors with a 3.2 minimum cumulative grade-point average are eligible to be a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar. In addition, athletes must obtain under a 76.0 stroke average for Division, under a 78.0 for Division II and 79.0 for Division III.
The Kansas State men’s golf team opens their 2007-08 season on Monday, Sept. 17, at the Kansas Invitational at Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence, Kan.