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July 26, 2017

Golfers Sarah Montone, Brooke Sharpe and Sarah Thompson earned All-Americah Scholars honors.Men’s golfer Kyle Gaines (Oxford) and women’s golfers Sarah Montone (Novi), Brooke Sharpe (Kitchener, Ont.) and Sarah Thompson (Canton) were all tabbed All-American Scholars. 

Gaines was honored by the Cleveland Golf/Srixon Golf Coaches Association (GCAA), while Montone, Sharpe and Thompson were honored by the All-American Scholars by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

A total of 260 men’s golfers in Division I were honored with All-America Scholar status, including just three from 2016-17 Horizon League members in Gaines and Valparaiso's Nick Seitz and Peter Webb.

A total of 969 women's collegiate golfers were recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

It is the second year in a row that Gaines has received the academic distinction as he becomes just the fifth Titan in school history to earn the honor twice.

Gaines graduated with a 3.32 GPA in business as he concluded another great year out on the links. He was selected First Team All-Horizon League after registering a career-best 74.7 average, third in the Horizon League. He played in all 11 tournaments on the year and led the Titans in six of them posting seven top-20 finishes, five top-10 efforts and winning the Bulldog Florida Invitational. He wrapped up his collegiate career fifth all-time in the Titan record book with a 75.12 average.

For Montone, it marks the third time she has received the accolade tying for the most in school history (Lindsey Lammers, Collette Hansen), while Sharpe and Thompson are the 11th and 12th Titans be recognized by the WGCA.

Montone started her MBA as a senior and recorded a 3.98 GPA as an undergrad. A starter for the last two years, she ended her senior campaign with a career-low 83.46 average in 2016-17 and finished 11th in school history with an 84.27 average.

Sharpe posted a 3.557 GPA in Business as well as a career-best 80.9 average on the course this past season. Her career saw her finish 10th in school history with an 83.78 career average.

Thompson will go down as one of the best golfers in school history as she made the grade with a 3.52 GPA in biology. The Co-Horizon League Player of the Year and First Team All-Horizon League as a senior, wrapped up her career second in the school record book with a 77.77 average.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, an individual 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 in Division I, maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2 and be of high moral character and in good standing at his college or university.

The Women's Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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