COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - BYU's Jared Overton and Olli Nissinen were among 25 student-athletes recognized today for academic excellence as members of the men's 2001 Golf Academic All-Mountain West Conference Team.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significant contributor to the team.
A total of 39 student-athletes earned MWC academic honors in 2000-01, including 25 men and 14 women. Colorado State and Wyoming each had nine honorees, followed by New Mexico with eight. BYU placed four members on this year's academic team, Utah had three, and Air Force, San Diego State and UNLV each placed two individuals on the squad. Nineteen of the 39 Academic All-MWC members were repeat selections from a year ago.
Following is a list of the 2001 Men's Golf Academic All-Mountain West Conference selections grouped alphabetically by school (*notes repeat selection).
Men's Golf Academic All-MWC Team
Name School Class GPA Major
*Ben Leestma Air Force Junior 3.24 Management
Andrew Robinson Air Force Senior 3.13 Physics
Olli Nissinen BYU Senior 3.36 International Studies
Jared Overton BYU Junior 3.62 Management
James Kurtenbach Colorado St. Soph. 3.14 Univ. Open Option
Martin Laird Colorado St. Fresh. 3.68 Business Administration
Dallas Massey Colorado St. Junior 3.10 Business Administration *Tommy Sharp Colorado St. Soph. 3.36 Business Administration
*Robby Stephenson Colorado St. Senior 3.2 Business Administration
Brett Tobyne Colorado St. Soph. 3.39 Business Administration Jim Anderson New Mexico Soph. 3.45 Management
*Wil Collins New Mexico Junior 3.85 Travel & Tourism
*Scott Hailes New Mexico Junior 3.19 International Mngmnt.
*Joel Hendry New Mexico Senior 3.02 General Management
*Rob Kortan New Mexico Senior 3.56 Travel & Tourism
*Lars Johansson San Diego St. Soph. 3.56 Business
*Scott Lander UNLV Senior 3.18 Communications
Travis Whisman UNLV Fresh. 3.27 Undeclared
*Shawn Edwards Utah Senior 3.41 Recreation & Tourism Lucas Swilor Utah Soph. 3.73 Business
Paul Winterowd Utah Senior 3.73 Economics
*David Hearn Wyoming Senior 3.09 Psychology
*Jacob Hunter Wyoming Senior 3.27 Business
Kurt Kowaluk Wyoming Junior 3.37 Mathematics
Michael Mezei Wyoming Soph. 3.88 Business