July 24, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming golfer Eric Parish has been named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced on Wednesday. He is the 10th Cowboy to earn the prestigious honor and first since Phil Henzlik, Gabe Maier and Zach Zaremba each were recognized in 2010.
"This award is perfect for Eric because I know how important both academics and athletics are to him," Wyoming head coach Joe Jensen said. "I know how hard he's worked to play at a competitive level and maintain a high GPA. He earned his way onto this team and has become a great contributor. He has earned all the praise that goes with this award."
A native of Laramie, Parish completed his junior season in the Wyoming program in 2012-13 with a 75.87 stroke average for fifth on the team. He finished in UW's top three at six events, including second at the last two tournaments of the season, and shot a season-low 69 twice. In the classroom, he owns a cumulative 3.75 grade-point average in mechanical engineering and was named to the MW's Academic All-Conference team and was a recipient of the MW Scholar-Athlete Award this season.
"We all know how difficult Eric's major is and we see how much time he puts into school," Jensen said. "It shows how important his education is to him. At the same time, to be able to be competitive on the playing field is a testament to his dedication. Our team is on the road a lot and that puts a lot of pressure on our students, so I give him credit. He's worked very hard for this."
A total of 152 men's golfers were recognized by the GCAA at the NCAA Division I level, while Parish was one of just four honorees from the Mountain West. The guidelines to earn GCAA All-America Scholar accolades are very stringent. To be eligible in Division I, a student-athlete 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 or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke average less than 76.0 and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.