Three Raider Golfers Earn GCAA All-America Scholar Distinction

July 21, 2022 6:37pm

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NORMAN, Okla. – Three Northwestern College men’s golf student-athletes earned Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced the NAIA honors today.

Kyle Christy, Trenton De Haan, and Alex Snyder earned the Srixon /Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar distinction for their work in the classroom, community, and performance on the golf course.

“These three young men are the definition of a student athlete,” said head coach Aaron Aberson. “They have exceled both in the classroom and on the golf course because of the hard work they put into both areas. I’m excited they were recognized for this prestigious honor.“

This past season, Christy (Jr., Orange City, Iowa) held a round average of 75.9 in five tournaments (11 rounds) with his season low round of 71 in Round 2 of the Grand View Invitational on October 19. He is a double major in Accounting and Finance at Northwestern.

De Haan (Orange City, Iowa) competed in nine tournaments this past season, twice shooting under par. His season best was a -5 finish at the Siouxland Invitational back on September 13-14 at The Ridge and Landsmeer. His season low round of 68 was hit twice, both at Landsmeer, as he shot a season average of 75.9 for the Red Raiders. He graduated this past spring with a degree in Business Administration from Northwestern College.

Snyder (Alta, Iowa) held a season average of 77.1 (20 rounds) for the Red Raiders, shooting a season low of 71 in the Red Raider Cup on April 19 at Landsmeer. He also graduated this past spring with degrees in Accounting and Finance.

Per the GCAA, to be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar nomination, an individual must be a sophomore, junior or senior both academically and athletically in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA, or receiving their Associate’s Degree and in their last year of athletic eligibility in the NJCAA. In addition, they must participate in 50 percent of their team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 76.0 in NCAA Division I, under 78.0 in NCAA Division II, under 79.0 in NCAA Division III, under 78.0 in NAIA, and under 77.0 in NJCAA, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

Sixty NAIA student-athletes and nineteen institutions were recognized by the GCAA for their efforts in the classroom for the 2021-22 academic year.