NORMAN, Okla. - Newberry College golfers Matthew Killen and Ben Lown have been named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches' Association of America, it was announced Wednesday.
The Newberry contingent represents two of 49 Division II golfers to meet the requirements for this honor. 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.
Killen, who completed his second season golfing for the Wolves is a native of Yorkshire, England, majoring in sport management. Entering his senior season, Killen carries a 3.955 grade point average. Killen averaged 74.7 strokes per round over the course of 31 rounds this season, with five top 20 and four top 10 finishes. He set a career record when he shot a 65 in the first round of the season at the Rutgers Invitational, which stood as a school record until April. He was also the Wolves' low scorer at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional, as he shot a 5-over par 221 to help Newberry qualify for its second NCAA Division II National Tournament in school history.
Lown is a native of North Augusta, S.C., who graduated cum laude in May with a 3.5284 grade point average while majoring in business administration. The South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete in men's golf, Lown earns All-America Scholar honors for the second consecutive season, becoming just the second Newberry golfer to achieve that feat. Lown is one of the most accomplished golfers in program history, as he completed a school record 104 rounds in his career, which is the second most in SAC history. He had a 73.6 stroke average in 31 rounds this season and had a career stroke average of 73.8.
Lown was a three-time all-SAC golfer and set the conference tournament record as a freshman, earning medalist honors with 208 in 2008. He was also the SAC Freshman of the Year, GCAA all-region and honorable mention All-American in 2008, as he led the Wolves to their first national tournament appearance. He had five top 10 placements in his senior season and won his match in the quarterfinals of the 2011 NCAA National Tournament as the Wolves lost to eventual national champion Cal State-Monterey Bay. In Lown's career, Newberry won three of four SAC Championships, went to the NCAA Regional Tournament all four seasons and twice qualified for the NCAA National Tournament.
Newberry now has seven All-America Scholars in program history, led by two apiece from Lown (2010-11) and Daniel Lee (2006-07). Killen (2011), Sean Collard (2010) and Brandon Burnside (2009) have each earned the award once.
Killen and Lown were two of four South Atlantic Conference representatives, joined by Tusculum's Luke Fullen and Lawson George. The Newberry pair were the only Division II All-America Scholars from a South Carolina institution. The only Division I All-America Scholar from a school in the Palmetto State was Wofford's Brent Whitehead.
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