Cameron Voth of Goessel was a member of the Bethel College golf team this spring that has been named academic national champion of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
To be considered for the honor, a team must submit a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
“This is an incredible and well-deserved honor for this team,” golf coach Gregg Dick said. “I appreciate the GCAA recognizing the importance of academics and the role it plays in successful collegiate athletics.”
Last fall, at the pre-season meeting, Dick said, “We talked about this as a team goal, because we had come close the year before. The guys took it seriously and continued to work hard and excel in the classroom all year.”
Dick said his team’s commitment to academic success may have affected their play.
“We struggled some on the course this year,” he said. “We had guys working at internships and student teaching, applying and preparing for grad school, along with trying to practice and play golf at the highest level they could.
“The thing that makes me as a coach the most proud of this honor is I know all of these guys will go out into the world and make a difference wherever they are, because of a combination of their academic preparation and competitive experiences as part of the golf team.”