Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Overstreet named SEC's top academic golfer
Arkansas golfer Mason Overstreet tees off on the first hole during the first round of an NCAA golf tournament on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 in Ponte Vedra, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas senior Mason Overstreet was named the SEC men’s golf scholar-athlete of the year on Wednesday for the second consecutive season.
The Kingfisher, Okla., native has already graduated with a degree in business finance with a 3.88 grade point average. Overstreet is also a nominee for the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Overstreet has been on the SEC academic honor roll four times in his career and has posted a 4.0 GPA five times to earn Chancellor’s List recognition. With only four career “B”s on his transcript, he has also made the Dean’s List three other times.
The NCAA runner-up as a true freshman in 2017, Overstreet boasts a career scoring average of 72.04, which ranks second on Arkansas’ all-time list behind only the 71.8 average of Sebastian Cappelen (2010-14).
Overstreet and PGA pro Austin Cook of Jonesboro are the Razorbacks’ only two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the year recipients in men’s golf. Overstreet is the fifth SEC golfer to earn the honor in consecutive years.
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