PHILADELPHIA - The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) has announced its 2011-12 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for NCAA Division I, and Penn's P.J. Fielding and Scotty Williams are among the 146 players nationally to be honored by the organization.
To be eligible for All-America Scholar recognition, an individual must be a junior or senior academically and have competed in at least two full years at the collegiate level (competing in 70 percent of his team's competitive rounds or in the NCAA Championships). The stroke-average maximum for Division I players is 76.0, and the minimum grade-point average (GPA) is 3.20.
Williams can add the GCAA honor -- his second in as many years -- to a stellar list of academic honors he accumulated during his career. He was an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in the at-large category in 2009-10, and last spring he received Academic All-Ivy recognition.
A recent graduate, Williams became the first player in Penn men's golf history to earn first-team All-Ivy honors all four years when he finished fifth at the Ivy League Championships in late April. For the year, Williams was in the lineup for 10 of Penn's 11 events and had a 74.3 stroke average in 25 tournament rounds. The stroke average was second-lowest on the team. In the team's first event of 2011-12, Williams set a collegiate low when he shot a 67 in the first round at the Maryland Intercollegiate. Williams, who was individual medalist at the 2010 Ivy League Championships, gave Penn the team title this year with his putt on the third playoff hole that vanquished Dartmouth.
A rising senior, Fielding also played in 10 of Penn's 11 events, and in 24 tournament rounds he had a 74.8 stroke average which was third on the team. He was the Quakers' low scorer at three events, including the Ivy League Championships where he carded 83-72-70--225 to finish fourth overall and earn first-team All-Ivy recognition. Earlier this spring, he was recognized as Academic All-Ivy.