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From left: Gasser, Lazzara, Merkel and Stinson.
Photo by: SE Sports Media/Sideline Sports
Menís Golf Leads Nation with 4 All-America Scholars

MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's golf team tied with national champion Alabama for the most All-America Scholars of any program in the country, as announced this week by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Joe Gasser, Tony Lazzara, Tyler Merkel and Alex Stinson were each named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, as the Cardinals led the nation for the second year in a row. For seniors Gasser, Lazzara and Stinson, it was the second straight year they were recognized.

A total of 152 players in Division I earned the honor. To be eligible, an individual must be a junior or senior, maintain a stroke average better than 76.0 and hold a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2.

A recipient must compete in at least three full years in college, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

All four Ball State golfers recognized were also named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team this spring. Here are their cumulative GPAs and season stroke averages:

Gasser -- 3.254 GPA, 74.36 stroke average
Lazzara -- 3.432 GPA, 75.78 stroke average
Merkel -- 3.867 GPA, 72.91 stroke average
Stinson -- 3.653 GPA, 74.33 stroke average

Ball State was one of just four teams across all divisions to have four players honored, joining Alabama, Division II Florida Southern and Division III Greensboro College.

The Cardinals' four selections are tied with last year's team for the second-most in program history. The team had a school-record five recipients in 2006, another year in which it led the country.

Earlier this month, the Ball State women's golf team led all Division I programs in the country with five All-America Scholar awards from the Women's Golf Coaches Association.

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