June 20, 2003
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - A pair of St. Bonaventure golfers, sophomore Jay Lindell and junior Jeff Tracy have earned postseason awards from the Golf Coaches Association of America. Lindell was one of 15 players selected to the Ping/GCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region team, while Tracy was named a Cleveland Golf/GCAA All-America Scholar.
Lindell is the first Bona golfer to earn All-Region accolades. The Lakewood, N.Y., native averaged a team-best 74.2 and won three tournament titles in the 2002-03 season: Duquesne, Robert Morris and Binghamton. Lindell earned All-Conference honors by virtue of his fifth place showing at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
A total of 49 institutions from the states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia comprise the Mid-Atlantic Region.
To be considered for the All-America Scholar award, student-athletes must carry a GPA of at least 3.2 and a scoring average under 78.0. An English major with a 3.4 grade point average, Tracy is the second St. Bonaventure golfer to be named an All-America Scholar by the GCAA, joining Ed Suchora, who was honored in 1995. Tracy, who also was named to the Academic All-Conference team for the second straight year, averaged 77.1 for the 2002-03 season. The Amarillo, Texas, native finished in a tie for 16th at the Atlantic 10 Championship and won medalist honors at both the St. Bonaventure Leo Keenan Invitational and the Little Three Invitational.
"These are tremendous honors, not only for the players but for the program and the University. I am very happy for Jay and Jeff because of all the hard work they put in this year," said Bonnies coach Steve Campbell. "Jay clearly established himself as one of the top players in our region. He was very consistent from the fall through the spring and capped his year with a great showing at the A-10 Tournament. Jeff deserves to be recognized because he is truly dedicated to becoming both the best player and best student he can be."