KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Men's Golf student-athlete junior McCain Schellhardt earned status on the 2018-19 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Team, announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Wednesday. The native of Edmond, Okla., was also a 2019 Academic All-WAC selection earlier this month.
Schellhardt was a key aspect of a program to win its second-consecutive Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship and claim its highest NCAA Regional finish in school history. McCain collected 2019 WAC Golfer of the Year accolades and was recognized on the 2019 All-WAC First Team. He led the conference in stroke average (71.39) and finished first on the team in seven of 11 events. He fired a 70 or lower 12 different times and recorded five top-five tournament finishes. He finished his junior campaign with a team-low total score of 218 (+5) at the NCAA Regionals.
"McCain has been an exemplary student- athlete since he arrived on campus," said head coach J.W. VanDenBorn. "His commitment and dedication to both his academics and sport have elevated our program in his time in Kansas City. We couldn’t be more proud of his representation of Kansas City golf."
It was a record setting year for the All-America Scholar award as 540 student-athletes earned the title, the most since the awards inception in 1982. Out of the 540 honorees, 266 players were Division I selections, 112 in Division II, 23 NAIA recipients, and 18 NJCAA award winners. 2019 marks the first year in which NJCAA players are eligible for the award.
To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically in Division I, II, III, and NAIA, or receiving their Associate’s Degree and in there last year of athletic eligibility in the NJCAA. In addition, they participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 78.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, 77.0 in NJCAA, and maintain a minimum cumulative career 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.