Golf balls will be tee’d up on the fairway for the upcoming Sonoma State University Men’s Golf season, and not only will the Seawolves have talented golfers on the course, the team will feature two Division II Academic All-American scholars.
In July, The Golf Coaches Association of America announced SSU golfers Brandon Lee and Nicolas Daniels were chosen as Cleveland Golf/ Srixon Golf Division II All-American scholars for their outstanding achievement in the classroom and on the golf course.
In order to qualify for this prestigious award, the student athlete must shoot an average score of 78 per match and maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average.
This will be the second and third All-American Scholar golfers that head coach Val Verhunce has had on his team while coaching at SSU.
“They’re just great kids on the golf course and in the classroom,” said Verhunce. “They are doing what’s right for their team and the university.”
There are 312 Division II schools across 45 states, with 200 of the schools carrying men’s golf programs.
There were 91 men’s golf student-athletes selected as All-American Scholars, with two of them, Lee and Daniels, from Sonoma State. Five other golfers were chosen from the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Nicholas Daniels transferred from Santa Rosa Junior College and is from Windsor. Daniels represented the Seawolves on the scorecard all season long with the third best scoring average during the past season.
Brandon Lee, a junior from Alpharette, Georgia, is coming off a big season for the Seawolves. He was named Ping Golf NCAA Division II All-West Region Golfer and was also named an All-CCAA golfer this past season. He competed in the Division II Nationals at the Rock Barn Golf Spa in Conover, North Carolina, where he placed 33rd overall.
This season, Lee and Daniels look to lead the Seawolves golf team to their first CCAA title since 2009. Their first match of the fall will be The Oredigger Invitational on Monday, September 21, in Denver, Colorado. The Seawolves will then return home to Rohnert Park for the Sonoma State Invitational at Foxtail Golf Club on October 13.