July 23, 2014
NORMAN, Okla. – Rice University men’s golfers Tommy Economou and Landon Michelson were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America, the organization announced on Wednesday.
To qualify for the award, NCAA Division I student-athletes 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 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.
A junior in 2013-14, Economou finished third on the team with a 74.69 stroke average over 26 rounds of action. The Hillsborough, Calif. native led the Owls in three of the team’s final four tournaments of the season, including third place overall at the 2014 Conference USA Championship. He also paced the squad at the Bandon Dunes Championship (seventh place overall) and Lone Star Invitational, where he tallied a career-best 69 en route to a 216 (E) over three rounds. The Economics major has been named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his three seasons at Rice.
Michelson was Rice’s lone senior on the course in 2013-14, but helped lead the Owls to their first Conference USA Championship. He ranked second on the team with a 74.63 stroke average and tied for the team lead, playing in all 35 possible rounds. The Miami, Fla. native led Rice in scoring once this season and placed second on the team six times. He carded a career-best 70 three times on the season. His best finish of the year came at the Bandon Dunes Championship in March, where he took home 12th place with a 218 (+5). He graduated in May with a degree in Sport Management and was twice named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and earned All-America Scholar honors as a junior as well.
In all, 207 NCAA Division I men’s golfers earned the honor, including nine other student-athletes from Conference USA (LA Tech – 2, Marshall – 2, Middle Tennessee – 2, East Carolina, Southern Miss, UTEP).