By Blake Moore
ADA – Ohio Northern men's golfers Zach Goodchild (Pickerington/North) and Nick Anderson (Mason) recently added their names to the annual Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar awards list, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Wednesday, July 25.
The upperclassmen joined 62 other NCAA Division III student-athletes who were added to the 2017-18 listing, which was previously released in May with 37 golfers honored. In addition, 267 NCAA Division I, 126 NCAA Division II, and 24 NAIA student-athletes earned recognition, setting a new record for All-American Scholars in one season.
In order to receive the honors, athletes must meet the following criteria:
- Be a junior or senior in academic standing.
- Must have competed in golf at the collegiate level for three full years.
- Participate in at least half of his team's competitive rounds for the season.
- Have a stroke-average under 79.0 at the NCAA Division III level.
- Maintain a 3.20 minimum cumulative grade-point average.
- Must be of high moral character and good standing at his college or university.
Goodchild, a statistics/risk management and insurance major at Ohio Northern, received his second successive All-America Scholar honor.
On the course this season, he would lead the Polar Bears with a 74.8 stroke-average, which stands second all-time in school history behind his 74.4 stroke-average set during his junior campaign.
The senior also posted a career-best 36-hole effort (141) and tied the 18-hole school record (67) in his final year, leading him to a victory at the Defiance Spring Invitational.
Additionally, he would claim an individual title at the Bluffton Fall Classic and record his highest career finish at the OAC Championships where he ended in a tie for fourth place and earned All-OAC honors.
Anderson, a junior civil engineering major at Northern, picked up his first All-America Scholar nomination.
In 16 rounds, he would record a 78.4 stroke-average to post the second-best mark on the team.
Anderson also recorded three individual top-10 finishes this season at the Defiance Fall Invitational (2nd), the Spiess Invitational (5th), and the OAC Fall Preview (t-6th).
The men's golf program ended the 2017-18 season with a 25-50-1 record and a fourth-place finish in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships under fifth-year head coach Chad Bucci.