Men's Golf's Byrd, Hooper Named GCAA All-America Scholars

Recent graduates Byrd and Hooper earn prestigious academic honor


Zack Byrd was also an All-American from Golfweek and the GCAA

Zack Byrd was also an All-American from Golfweek and the GCAA

July 15, 2009

CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina men's golfers Zack Byrd and Cameron Hooper have been named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced.

The redshirt-senior was the Big South Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s golf, as he graduated with a 3.27 GPA in recreation and sports management. He was now a three-time Men’s Golf All-Academic team member and was just the second Golfer of the Year to be voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining Winthrop’s Kyle Christman in 2002. Byrd also picked up All-America honors from Golfweek and the GCAA, earning Third Team honors from both organizations.

Byrd was a unanimous Golfer of the Year selection by the head coaches after leading the Big South in scoring average, finishing the year at 72.03 strokes per round.  Byrd returned from an injury last season to post win Big South medalist honors, post four runner-up finishes this year and six overall top 10 finishes. This spring alone he averaged 70.11 strokes per round, finished 4-under par for the entire spring including the postseason, finishing in the top three in five and the top 20 in all seven of eight events.  He finished the year ranked No. 26 in the nation by Golfweek  and No. 27 by Golfstat. He scored under par in 16 of his 33 rounds this season.  Byrd also has eight rounds in the 60s, including a League-best and school-record 63, which he recorded in the final round of the Desert Shootout en route to a 15-under 201.  He also finished 7-under par at the Arizona Intercollegiate, 5-under par at the Administaff ASU Invitational, and 1-under par at the Bank of Tennessee at The Ridges. The 2005 Big South Freshman of the Year and 2005 Championship Medalist, Byrd was the sixth consecutive Chanticleer to win Men’s Golfer of the Year honors.

Hooper averaged 73.83 strokes per round on the season in 12 rounds before an injury ended his season early, with a top finish of a tie for 19th at the Windon Memorial. He posted three rounds of par or better on the year, including a season-low 69 in the second round of the Windon. The senior has a 3.673 in business marketing.

There were a total of 108 Division I players named as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I 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. There is also a clause for medical hardship that allowed Hooper to be nominated and selected to the squad.