Mavs sweep top honors for RMAC All-Academic golf teams
Colorado Mesa University swept the individual honors on the RMAC All-Academic golf teams, with Brandon Bingaman and Jessica Berve selected the academic golfers of the year.
Bingaman, a junior who graduated from Fruita Monument High School, has a 3.63 GPA in kinesiology and Berve, a senior from Farmington, N.M., has a 3.83 GPA in chemistry.
Both were unanimous first-team selections, as voted on by sports information directors at participating schools. It’s the second straight year Berve has been the women’s academic golfer of the year.
To be eligible for the all-academic team, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA or higher, be a starter or reserve and must have completed two consecutive semesters or three quarters at their current school.
The golfers’ work in the classroom and on the golf course was considered in the voting.
Bingaman is the only CMU golfer on the men’s all-academic team, but three players from the Mavericks’ women’s team made the first team.
Jennifer Hilts, a senior from Bend, Ore., with a 3.4 GPA in nursing, and Michelle Stripp, a junior from Glenwood Springs with a 3.54 GPA in business, also made the six-player first team.
Donny Stewart, a sophomore from Delta who attends Regis, made the honor roll with a 3.57 GPA in business.
Both CMU golf teams qualified for the NCAA Division II regionals. The men’s team plays May 7-9 at the Central/West Super Regional at Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz., near Phoenix.
The women’s team plays in the Central Region tournament May 6-8 at Sierra Del Rio Golf Course in Elephant Butte, N.M.