The Redbird men’s golf team earned the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Presidents Special Recognition honor, which goes to a team finishing its season with a GPA of 3.5 and above. Illinois State was one of 56 schools to reach that prestigious level.
In addition, four Redbird student-athletes were named GCAA Division I Srixon/ Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars. They were Dan Anfield, Joel Durnford, Andrew O’Brien, and David Perkins.
To be eligible for the scholar award, student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior, or senior academically. They must also have a stroke-average under 76.0. The four finished inside of the top-five on the team in scoring average, led by Perkins’ 69.4 stroke average.
Perkins was named the Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Year. He was also named an All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America and PING. His 69.39 stroke average was the lowest by a Missouri Valley Conference golfer since the 2003 season. Before the season was shut down due to the virus, Perkins was on the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, which is given to the top amateur golfer in the country.