NORMAN, Okla. – The Golf Coaches Association of America announced today that University of Tennessee at Martin graduate Austin Swafford was named to the Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar list for the 2016-17 season.
A total of 260 Division-I golfers achieved the right to be called a Golf All-America Scholar. Swafford is one of 10 Ohio Valley Conference honorees and is one of 19 recipients from colleges or universities located in the state of Tennessee. He is the second Skyhawk in as many years to win this award, joining former teammate Ben Reeves.
Swafford capped off a remarkable playing career with an All-OVC nod in 2016-17, ranking eighth in the league with a 73.4 scoring average. He became only the seventh player in UT Martin golf history to tally All-OVC accolades, finishing in the top-six in five different tournaments during his senior campaign. He also was a key contributor to the Skyhawks’ first-ever OVC championship in 2016 while capturing OVC Freshman of the Year accolades in 2014.
A Lebanon, Tenn. native, Swafford graduated from UT Martin this past spring with a degree in finance. He accumulated a 3.45 overall Grade Point Average and received OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll honors in each of his first three seasons as a Skyhawk.
To be eligible for the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar list, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in at least 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 76.0 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.