GW Golf's Liu and Pumariega Named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars
July 25, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - Former George Washington golf student-athletes Martin Liu and Andres Pumariega have been named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Wednesday.
Liu and Pumariega are two of just 146 NCAA Division I players to earn the distinction. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of the team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average of 76.0 or lower and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.
This past season, the pair helped GW to its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship and its first trip to NCAA Regionals since 2006.
Liu, who graduated with a degree in business economy and public policy this spring, served as a co-captain during his senior season and posted a 76.0 stroke average through 32 rounds of competition. At the A-10 Championship he finished in 10th place with a two-round score of 1-under par 143. The Hong Kong native notably finished second out of 111 golfers at the Navy Spring Invitational in April with a two-round score of 144. Following the completion of his collegiate career, Liu was named to the Spring 2012 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Pumariega, who is slated to graduate in December with a degree in international business, was named the Colonials' team MVP for the second straight year. He earned a team-best 73.8 stroke average this season and racked up a number of in-season and postseason awards. During the Fall 2011 season, Pumariega was crowned co-champion of the Kiawah Classic with a three-round score of 2-under par 214 followed by an A-10 Performer of the Week nod. At the conference championship in April, the Miami native finished in second with a two-round score of 5-under par 139, just one stroke behind the medalist from Charlotte.
In addition to being named to the league's all-conference and academic all-conference teams, Pumariega also earned a spot on the NCAA Division I PING All-Northeast Region Team and was named to the Fall 2011 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Liu and Pumariega are joined as All-America scholars by fellow A-10 members Olafur Loftsoon and Tyler Mitchell from Charlotte; Nicholas Austin, Brad Miller and Daniel Walker of Richmond; Brian McKenna of St. Bonaventure; and Chris Burger from Xavier.