Bennett, Sheparovich Earn Golf All-America Scholar Awards, Gaucho Team Also Honored

Brett Bennett (pictured) and Justin Sheparovich each earned their second Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Awards it was announced Thursday.
Brett Bennett (pictured) and Justin Sheparovich each earned their second Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Awards it was announced Thursday.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara golfers Brett Bennett and Justin Sheparovich were each named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars for 2020 and the Gauchos as a whole earned All-Academic Team honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday.

"I am very excited for Brett and Justin," said UCSB head coach Steve Lass. "This award represents the epitomé of being a Division I student-golfer. Playing well at the D-I level is extremely time consuming, and to combine that that with outstanding grades at a presigious academic university such as UCSB is quite an accomplishment. By receiveing these awards, they now become the 19th and 20th Gauchos to receive this honor since 2000."

The academic award was the second each for Bennett and Sheparovich who also earned the recognition in 2019.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically in Division I, II or III or NAIA, or receiving their Associate's Degree and in there final year of athletic eligibility in the NJCAA. In addition, they must have participated in 50-percent of their team's competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 76.0 in D-I, 78.0 in D-II, 78.0 in NAIA, 79.0 in D-III and 77.0 in NJCAA, and maintain a cumulative career GPA of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at their college or university.

To be eligible for the team award, a program needs to compile a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. UCSB's team grade point average for 2020 was 3.24.

Here is a list of the Gauchos that have earned the honor since 2000:

2018:  Nick Swanson
2015:  Hunter Robinson
2014:  Hunter Robinson, Brett Silvernail
2012:  Russell Boring
2010:  Russell Boring, Brian Hollenbeck
2009:  Matt Grush, Brian Hollenbeck
2008:  Matt Grush
2006:  Joe Ryon
2004:  Brian Six
2003:  Brian Six
2002:  Greg Snider
2000:  Gavin Owen