Two Aces earn preseason honors

Former University of Evansville golfers Michael Sainz and Griffin Wood were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America.  It marked the second time each has been honored with the prestigious award.

A total of 146 players in Division I earned the honor.  To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon 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 76.0 in Division I 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.

Both Sainz and Wood recently completed their senior seasons with the Aces and made lasting impacts on the program.  Sainz finished his career with a stroke average of 75.13, the third lowest since 1990.  His efforts were recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference as he was named a 2012 MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention.

Sainz had a stellar fall in 2011, finishing in a tie for fifth at the UD Invitational and tied for sixth at the SIUE Intercollegiate to wrap up play in the early season.  He tallied a 78 or lower in each round of the fall season as a senior.

Boonville, Ind. native Griffin Wood also received the honor for the second time in his UE career.  Wood wrapped up his career with a stroke average of 75.00, the second best for the Aces since 1990.  He led UE in average for the senior season (74.41) and the spring of 2012 (74.60).

Wood recorded five top ten finishes in his final season at Evansville, led by a third place finish in the season-opening Fossum Invitational.