by Joshua Booth
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel’s Brian Krehbiel continues to rack up the academic honors connected to his sport.
Krehbiel, of Donnellson, Iowa, who graduated in May, became the first Bethel golfer to be named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar.
Presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), the award was given to 260 individuals from the 2016–17 season, spanning the NCAA D1, D2 and D3, and the NAIA.
Krehbiel was one of only 20 golfers from the NAIA who earned this title, and was joined by Landon Fox and Brian Peck of Southwestern College in Winfield as the only three from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf 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 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 78.0 in the NAIA and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2.
Recipients must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at their college or university.
This past May, Krehbiel was named to the 2016–17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District At-Large Team for men’s golf. He is a two-time NAIA Daktronics All-America Scholar-Athlete and a major contributor to the golf team’s having the highest cumulative GPA of the 11 Bethel teams named NAIA Scholar-Teams for 2016–17.
The team’s 3.60 cumulative GPA earned it a President’s Special Recognition academic award from the GCAA, the only team in the region and one of only five in the NAIA to do so.