Westhorpe Earns All-America Scholar Award
By Golf // July 27, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech graduate Christian Westhorpe has been selected a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, announced Wednesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon Division II 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 70-percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 78.0 and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2.
A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
He follows in the footsteps of former Panther Zach Potter, who won the award one year ago. Westhorpe was one of only 52 Division II student-athletes selected by the GCAA.
Set Single-Season School Records
A recent graduate with a marketing degree, he concluded his two-year Panther career in May as one of the program’s best golfers. In his senior year, he set single-season school records for scoring average (73.50) and rounds of par or better (six).
He finished second in highest national ranking over a season (57), lowest 36-hole score (six-under-par) and career scoring average (74.41).
This spring, the former Brevard Community College standout placed in the top five in four tournaments. Over 30 rounds, he averaged a team-best 73.50. He was named Division II PING All-South Region and All-Sunshine State Conference Honorable Mention following the season.
Westhorpe helped the Panthers record their best season in their nine-year history. The team earned its second straight appearance in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional, while setting new single-season records for GolfStat national ranking (22), average score per round (295.70), rounds of par or better (six), lowest score for 36 holes (572) and lowest score for 54 holes (863). It also tied two school records, wins (two) and lowest round score (283).
For the first time under second-year FIT head coach Chris Saltmarsh, the Panthers checked in at No. 20 in the May 16th Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches’ Poll.