RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- After qualifying for the NCAA Division II postseason for the first time, California Baptist University had its first group of NCAA Scholar All-Americans unveiled Wednesday.
Neil Hand, Fredrik Hansson and Micah Machado were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon NCAA Division II Scholar All-Americans by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Wednesday afternoon. It continues a trend of academic success for the Lancers, who won the NCCAA Scholar Team Award in 2013 with a 3.54 team grade-point average and had Sean Lopez named an NCCAA Scholar Athlete in 2012.
CBU produced three of the GCAA's 75 Scholar All-Americans in NCAA Division II this year. To qualify for the award, individuals had to be junior or seniors academically, must have competed in at least three full years collegiately and participate in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds, logged an average of 78.0 and maintained a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Recipients also had to be of high moral character and be in good standing at his university.
Machado is a three-time PacWest All-Academic selection. He led the Lancers' lineup with a 75.06 average this season, carding eight rounds of par or better. His best finish came when he placed second at the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout with a 221. The senior finished his career as the program's career record holder for rounds of par or better with 19 in all and was an All-PacWest finisher in 2013.
Hansson earned two PacWest All-Academic honors in his CBU career and averaged 77.69 this season. He has also posted some historic performances over the years. The graduate student won the SNU Arizona Intercollegiate in 2010 with a 208 -- the program's lowest individual 54-hole total -- after shooting a 63 in the second round, which still stands as a single-round record at CBU. That year he was named an NAIA All-American second-teamer.
Hand just completed his junior season in which he posted an average round of 77.55. He is also a three-time PacWest All-Academic selection. He was a consistent scorer for the Lancers this season, with four rounds of par or under. He finished a career-best 14th at the Mission Cup this past year with a two-round total of 158. His 29 rounds played this season rank him in a tie for fifth in single-season history. With his senior season quickly approaching, Hand will look to move up the Lancers record leaderboard, like Machado and Hansson, before graduating.