OU golfers named Scholars

NORMAN–University of Oklahoma golfers Blaine Hale and Grant Hirschman were among the 265 student athletes named Division I Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Wednesday.

Hale and Hirschman were pivotal to OU’s run to the 2018 Big 12 Championship, while helping the Sooners advance to the match play quarterfinals at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

In Hybl’s nine seasons at OU, his golfers have now earned 15 academic All-America accolades. Hirschman is the first Sooner under Hybl’s direction to earn back-to-back academic All-America selections by the GCAA.

Additionally, Hale and Hirschman are two of six Sooners in program history to receive both athletic and academic All-America recognition in a season, joining Grant Waite (1987), Abraham Ancer (2013), Michael Gellerman (2015), Max McGreevy (2017). Hirschman also did so in 2017.

Hirschman finished his stellar career ranked third all-time at OU in career stroke average (72.19). The Collierville, Tenn., native was a co-medalist at the 2018 Big 12 Championship, the first Sooner to earn medalists honors at the event since 2002. Hirschman also played 162 career rounds, the most by a Sooner in program history.

Hale played in 12 events, logging a 71.69 stroke average as a junior. He claimed six top-10 finishes in 2018 and earned a season-best fourth-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Norman Regional. Hale fired 10 rounds in the 60s this season.

To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum cumulative 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.

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