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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s 2012-13 golf team has been recognized for academic achievement for the third year in a row by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

To be considered for the honor, a team must submit a GPA of 3.0 or higher (the average of the GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year).

The GCAA gives academic honors in six divisions – NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NJCAA DI and DII; and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, in which Bethel competes as part of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Members of Bethel’s 2012-13 golf team were graduating  seniors Matt Diller, Goshen, Ind., and Abram Rodenberg, Halstead,  senior Chris Santoya, Newton, juniors Garrison Gundy and Ethan Rodenberg, both of Halstead, and sophomore Matt Dewberry, Blanchard, Okla.

The GCAA, based in Norman, Okla., was established in 1958. The nonprofit organization is the professional association of men’s collegiate golf coaches. Through its established events and programs, the GCAA maintains a goal of increasing awareness and the status of men’s golf. There are more than 750 members in the GCAA representing all three NCAA divisions as well as NAIA and NJCAA.

“Farmers Insurance is proud to honor and support the GCAA and the recipients of the 2013 Team Academic Awards,” said Chuck Browning, head of sponsorship and corporate giving for Farmers Insurance. “A key philanthropic pillar of Farmers Insurance is education, so this award is a perfect fit for us and gives us a chance to extend our support of golf throughout the year.”

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Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see and

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