Trio recognized for posting stroke average under 79.0 and maintaining 3.20 GPA
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 1, 2017) – Three members of the Western New England University men's golf team have been named Division III Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Recently graduated senior Matt Fontaine (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and rising seniors John Abbott (Higganum, Conn.) and Mike Metcalf (Longmeadow, Mass.) were recognized by the GCAA for having a stroke average under 79.0 during the 2016-17 season while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher.
Fontaine, the 2016-17 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earns All-America Scholar honors from the GCAA for the second consecutive season. The three-time All-CCC performer turned in a 78.8 stroke average while posting a 3.63 cumulative GPA as an accounting and finance major.
He registered a trio of second-place finishes, including back-to-back runner up efforts this spring at the Rhode Island College Invitational (April 14) and Western New England Invitational (April 20) with matching scores of 72. Fontaine also turned in a second place finish at the CCC Fall Qualifier on October 4 after firing a 75.
Abbott garners All-America Scholar accolades from the GCAA for the first time in his career after earning his second straight All-CCC selection. The Higganum, Conn. native led the Golden Bears with a 76.8 stroke average in ten events and 16 rounds this past season, while registering a 3.93 cumulative GPA as a communication major.
The 2015 CCC Rookie of the Year posted five top-ten finishes in 2016-17, including third place performances at the Rhode Island College Invitational and Johnson & Wales University Wildcat Invitational (April 22-23). Abbott carded a season-best score of 73 at the RIC Invitational while also recording a pair of 74s during the fall portion of Western New England's schedule.
Rounding out Western New England's three All-America Scholar honorees is Metcalf, who joined Fontaine and Abbott on the All-CCC first team while posting a 3.63 cumulative GPA as an accounting & finance major.
The Longmeadow, Mass. native turned in an average score of 77.8 in ten events and 16 rounds. Metcalf was among Western New England's most consistent golfers, as he finished in the top-10 in seven of the ten events he played in, including all five this spring. He placed second overall in the 85-player field at the JWU Wildcat Invitational with a two-day score of 151 (77+74).