The Oklahoma and Oklahoma State golf teams were well represented on the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 Golf Teams announced this week.
Four members of the Oklahoma men’s golf team were among 46 student-athletes selected to the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 Team, the league office announced Thursday.
Seniors Brad Dalke (communication) and Blaine Hale (management) were selected to the first team, which requires at least a 3.20 GPA. Juniors Riley Casey (economics) and Thomas Johnson (communication) earned second-team honors with GPAs between 3.00-3.19.
The first-team award is the third in a row for Hale, while Dalke earned first-team honors for the second straight season.
On the first team for Oklahoma State were Austin Eckroat (General Business), Matthew Wolff (Sports Management) and Hayden Wood (Finance and Marketing).
On the second team were Zach Bauchou (University Studies/Education) and Viktor Hovland (General Business).
On the women’s team, OU led the way with five selections. Honored on the first team were Julienne Soo (Accounting), Sydney Youngblood (Communication), Kaitlyn Milligan (Psychology) and Karen Arimoto (Communication). Hannah Lee (Communication) was on the second team.
Oklahoma State’s Chih-Min Chen, Stephanie Astrup and Emma Whitaker were on the first team. Chen (Sr., Sports Management) is the 10th Cowgirl golfer to earn three career Academic All-Big 12 awards, and joined Kansas’ Ariadna Fonseca-Diaz as the only honorees nominated with a perfect 4.0 GPA. A three-time WGCA All-American Scholar, Chen is hoping to soon join Cowgirl legends Karin Kinnerud and Pernilla Lindberg as the only four-time All-American Scholars in program history.
This is the first career Academic All-Big 12 awards for Astrup (So., Psychology) and Whitaker (So., Business Management/Business Finance), who both became eligible for the honor this year.
To qualify for the Academic All-Big 12 Team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher, either cumulatively or over each of the two previous semesters, and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.