Jeff Carlson and Kyle Mason Lauded For Their Success In The Classroom

Jeff Carlson
Kyle Mason

A pair of seniors, Jeff Carlson (Holland/West Ottawa) and Kyle Mason (Mt. Pleasant) of the 2006-07 Ferris State University men's golf team, have been named 2007 Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars for Division II as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-America Scholars Committee.

The All-America Scholar recognition is the second such honor for both Carlson and Mason. They both were awarded the same accolades for the 2005-06 season.

The two are among 34 men's golf student-athletes selected for Division II and were of five from Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)-member institutions to be chosen as Division II All-America Scholars by the GCAA, which is the professional association of menís golf coaches and is based in Norman, Okla. Established in 1958, the GCAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, promoting, and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes who participate in collegiate golf at all levels. Through its established events and programs, the GCAA maintains a goal of increasing awareness and the status of men's collegiate golf.

Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar Team recognition is only bestowed to juniors and seniors, who carry a 3.2 mininum cumulative grade-point average. In addition, those men's golf student-athletes must obtain under a 78.0 stroke average for Division II.

A 2006-07 GCAA Division II PING All-America Honorable Mention selection, Carlson concluded the 2006-07 campaign with a career single-season best 74.59 strokes per round average (2,163 total strokes) in 29 rounds. The 2006-07 NCAA-II All-Great Lakes Region honoree totaled nine top-20 place finishes, which included three top-five efforts. Carlson also received both All-GLIAC Second-Team laurels and Bulldog Most Valuable Player Award kudos for the 2006-07 season.

Carlson, a four-time all-conference pick, closed out his four-year career at Ferris State with a 75.64 stroke average (8,094 total strokes) in 107 rounds. He totaled 26 top-20 place finishes and was among the top five individuals on six occasions. Carlson was Ferris' top individual finisher in eight tournaments during his career.

The three-time (2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07) GLIAC All-Academic Team selection garnered top individual medalist honors at the 2007 NCAA-II Great Lakes Super Regional (May 7-9) with a first-place 206-stroke total in leading the Bulldogs to the regional crown. The professional golf management/marketing major then helped Ferris claim 17th place with a four-round 1,245 stroke total at the 2007 NCAA-II Men's Golf Championships (May 22-25) in Allendale, Mich., by turning in a team-leading 43rd-place tying score.

Mason averaged 76.77 strokes per round (1,996 total strokes) in 26 rounds this season. The 2005-06 All-GLIAC First-Team performer recorded four top-20 place finishes in the 2006-07 campaign, including twice among the top 10.

The 2005-06 FSU Most Valuable Player wrapped up his four-year career with a 76.26 strokes average (7,855 total strokes) in 103 rounds while accumulating 22 top-20 place finishes and six in the top five. He paced the Bulldogs in four tournaments in his career.

Mason attained all-conference honorable mention laurels in 2004-05 and was a co-recipient of the 2003-04 squad's Bulldog Award for hard work and dedication.

A three-time (2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07) GLIAC All-Academic Team selection, Mason has received the FSU President's Academic Award in each of the last two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07) for having the team's highest cumulative grade point average. Mason is a recreation leadership management major.

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