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McConnell and McKay Earn Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Honors

July 31, 2013
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Graduated senior Max McKay was one of two Liberty golfers named to the 2012-13 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Team.

2012-13 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Team 

For the first time in program history, Liberty had a pair of golfers named to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Team in the same season with senior Max McKay and junior Ian McConnell both receiving collegiate golf's top individual academic honor.

A total of 248 collegiate golfers were named to the 2012-13 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Team, sponsored by the Golf Coaches Association of America, including 152 Division I golfers.

To be eligible for the team, an individual must be a junior or senior academically and have competed in at least three full years at the collegiate level.

The golfer must also have participated in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds or competed in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

McKay and McConnell are the ninth and 10th golfers in Liberty's program history to be named to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Team. Preston Dembowiak was the last Liberty golfer to be named to the team, garnering a spot on the academic all-star team in both 2010 and 2011.

Both McKay and McConnell helped the Flames to their third-straight NCAA Regional appearance this past season. Liberty finished the year ranked No. 44 in the final GolfStat ranking and No. 38 in the season-ending Golfweek ranking.

McKay ranked fourth on the team with a 74.68 stroke average and was second on the team with 10 rounds at par or better. He also finished second on the team with five top 10 finishes, giving him 16 total top 10 finishes for his career.

McConnell was fifth on Liberty's roster with a 74.77 stroke average. He helped the Flames capture their lone team title during the season at the Rees Jones Invitational, as he individually finished in second place with a three-over par 219 (68-74-77).

GCAA/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars
1993 – Chris Easley
1995 – Todd Setsma
1996 – Chad Hall
1997 – Mark Setsma
2002 – Rob McClellan
2004 – Jonathan Dickinson
2005 – Jonathan Dickinson
2008 – Jay Calvo
2010 – Preston Dembowiak
2011 – Preston Dembowiak
2013 – Ian McConnell
2013 – Max McKay