AMERICUS, Ga. - Georgia Southwestern State University men's golfer Nick Ward has been named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the second time in his career.
A native of Eastbourne, England, Ward graduated in May from GSW with a degree in business management and carried a 3.891 cumulative GPA. He was named the 2016-17 Peach Belt Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and won the 2016 PBC Elite 15 Award for men's golf, which is presented in each of the league's 15 championship sports to the student-athlete participating in the conference tournament with the highest cumulative GPA.
Ward was named to the PBC All-Academic team four times during his time at GSW and is also a four-time PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar. He received four academic scholarships including the Wheatley Leadership Scholarship for four years.
On the course, Ward played on Hurricane teams that won three tournaments over his collegiate career and reached the 2015 and 2016 NCAA regionals. He was named PBC All-Conference twice and an All-American in 2015. He was third on the Hurricanes in stroke average in 2016-17 serving as the team captain and finished in the Top 10 at the 2017 PBC Championships to take sole possession of the GSW record for most Top 10 finishes in a career (14).
To be eligible for All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 78.0 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.