Junior Jacob Arnett of the Oglethorpe men's golf team completed his outstanding award season Wednesday, getting the nod as a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). It marked the first such career honor for Arnett and the first time that a Stormy Petrel has earned the award since Anthony Maccaglia in 2015.
Wednesday's announcement marked just the latest honor for Arnett for the 2017-18 season, both from the GCAA and the SAA. He was named to the All-America Second Team by the GCAA in June, and that came after earning a spot on the All-Southeast Region team in May, marking the third consecutive time he's done the latter. He was named to the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year semifinalist list earlier in the month, marking the second straight season he made his way into that group. He also shared SAA Men's Golfer of the Year honors, and took his second consecutive All-SAA First Team honor and his third straight All-SAA accolade overall. He was named SAA Men's Golfer of the Week on back-to-back weeks, after finishing tied for sixth at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational on March 18, then winning the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Golf Championship on March 25. The latter tournament featured his low round of the season, a 5-under-par 65 on the Scarlet course at Paradise Point in North Carolina. That turned out to be one of two wins he accrued on the season, as he also shared the individual medal at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in late October. He finished in the top 10 three other times, coming in tied for fifth at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in March, tied for eighth at the SAA Fall Preview in September, and tied for sixth at the SAA Championships in late April.
Arnett competed as an individual at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, in mid-May, and finished tied for 24th with a 6-over 294 over the tournament's 72 holes. That marked both his highest individual finish at an NCAA Championship and his best overall score at the event.
"We're very proud of Jake and all that he accomplished this season," said Oglethorpe Director of Golf Jim Owen. "He's just completed an outstanding junior season, and we're really looking forward to seeing what he can do as he gets ramped up for his senior year. He joins some outstanding company among other members of the Oglethorpe golf program to earn this honor, and it really points to Jake's efforts both on the course and in the classroom."
The GCAA names All-America Scholars at all levels of the collegiate game, including NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as the NAIA. A new record number of student-athletes earned All-America Scholar status, including 62 from Division III. To be eligible for All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent or more of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 79 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative career GPA of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.