NORMAN, Okla. - Newberry College rising senior men's golfer Brandon Burnside (North Augusta, S.C.) has been named a 2009 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America, it was announced this week.
Burnside is one of 37 Division II golfers who earned this honor in 2009. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 78.0 in Division II and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 in Division II. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
Burnside competed in eight events in the 2008-09 season, finishing with a 76.7 stroke average per round. He carded low rounds of 72 twice and had two top 10 finishes in the season, tying for seventh at the Blue Ridge Mountain Challenge and tying for sixth at the 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championships.
He has been a member of Newberry's Food Lion SAC Championship teams in 2008 and 2009, and participated in the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Regional Tournaments. He was also a member of the team that finished 19th nationally at the 2008 NCAA Division II National Championships in Houston, Texas.
Burnside becomes the second Newberry College men's golfer to earn GCAA All-America Scholar honors following Daniel Lee, who earned the honor in 2006 and 2007.
"I am so happy for Brandon as this award symbolizes Brandon being a true student-athlete," said Newberry College head men's golf coach Brian McCants. "Being named GCAA All-America Scholar was one of Brandon's two main goals entering 2008-09. He worked very hard in summer 2008 getting ready for this past year and his hard work paid off in lowering his stroke average over a full shot from 2007-08 and earning this award. Daniel Lee was a mentor to Brandon his freshman year and they continue to be real close, so l know it means a lot to Brandon to achieve this honor like Daniel did."