By Blake Moore
ADA — The Ohio Northern men's golf team tied a program record with four Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference honorees named for the 2018-19 campaign, the league office announced Tuesday morning.
Seniors Nick Anderson (Mason) and Joshua Turich (Centerville), junior Ryan Tatman (West Chester/Lakota East), and sophomore Ethan Smith (Chillicothe/Southeastern) were all honored with the award for their performance in the classroom this season.
To receive Academic All-OAC honors, student-athletes must be a sophomore-or-higher in academic standing, maintain varsity-level status during the season, and own a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade-point average.
The OAC office recognized 417 student-athletes from the league's 10 member institutions in 10 sports this spring for their commitment to academic excellence. In all, Ohio Northern had 57 student-athletes honored with the award.
Anderson, a senior civil engineering major, received his second career honor with the announcement after winning the award in 2016-17 as a sophomore.
This season, the Mason native ended third on the team with an 80.0 stroke average in a career-high 17 rounds.
He posted his season-best 18- and 36-hole scores with an 83-74—157 at the Otterbein Classic on April 6 and 7. In addition, the senior recorded a career-best 72-hole score with a 77-79-80-76—312 at the 2019 OAC Championships from May 3-5.
During his career, Anderson recorded a 79.2 career stroke average in 57.5 rounds at Ohio Northern. He has been named a 2018 GCAA Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and a two-time Academic All-OAC honoree.
Turich, a senior studying mechanical engineering, garnered his third consecutive Academic All-OAC honor.
In the 2018-19 season, Turich led ONU with a 77.4 stroke average in 17 total rounds.
He fired career-lows for a single round and 36 holes with a 71-74—145 to earn medalist honors in a home dual with Tiffin on April 13. He also tied his career-best 72-hole score with a 75-78-82-71—306 at the 2019 OAC Championships to tie for 18th.
Turich has compiled a 79.66 stroke average in 59.5 career rounds during his four years with the Polar Bears. He also received All-OAC honors during his junior season after ending ninth at the 2018 OAC Championships.
Tatman, a junior mechanical engineering student, has received the honor the past two seasons.
The West Chester product ended fourth on the team this season with an 80.7 stroke average in nine rounds.
Tatman carded a single-round season-best 76 on the final day of the 2019 OAC Championships. Additionally, he registered an 82-78—160 for his season-best 36-hole score at the Mt. St. Joseph Invitational on March 23 and 24.
Through three seasons, the junior owns an 80.76 career stroke average in 37 rounds.
Smith, a second-year biology major, received his first honor with Tuesday morning's announcement.
This season, he finished seventh on the team with an 86.1 stroke average in 11 rounds.
He posted a season-best 79 for a single round during day two of the Polar Bear Fall Classic on September 2. He carded a season-best 36-hole score of 163 on two occasions, shooting an identical 82-81—163 at the Bluffton Fall Classic and a home dual against Tiffin.
In two seasons, Smith has played 26 rounds for the Polar Bears and recorded an 84.58 career stroke average.
Ohio Northern ended the 2018-19 season with an 18-48-1 overall record and finished ninth in the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships.