Tommie junior Michael Mortenson is among just 23 players in Division III to receive the Cleveland All-America Scholar award for 2011-12. Players with a 3.20 and higher gpa and a sub-79 stroke average are eligible for consideration.
Mortenson, who hails from Iola, Wis., population 1,100, has a 75.6 stroke average this season. He also was nominated for Capital One Academic All-America with a 3.94 gpa in Actuarial Science.
Earlier this week, he was named the recipient of the Elite 89 Award for the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships. The award goes to one individual at each of the 89 NCAA championship sites with the best grade-point average. Mortenson's gpa topped 209 others at this tournament.
He has a 75.6 stroke average this season. He recently won medalist honors at the UW-Stout tournament.
The Tommie men's golf team opened play Tuesday morning in Orlando at the national tournament. The team field will be reduced after Wednesday's round with the top 16 teams playing on Thursday and Friday.
St. Thomas won the conference's automatic berth when it won last October's 54-hole MIAC Championships by a two-stroke margin -- UST's first conference golf title in 31 seasons.
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