April 18, 2012
Complete 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Golf Release
IRVING, Texas – Four Baylor men’s golfers were named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Golf Team, the conference office announced Wednesday. Baylor’s four honors and three first-team selections are tied for the second-most in program history.
Baylor increases its total to 26 Academic All-Big 12 selections under ninth-year head coach Greg Priest, including 20 first-team honorees. In all, Baylor has 38 Academic All-Big 12 selections, including 26 first-teamers, in the conference’s 16-year history.
Seniors Joakim Mikkelsen and Lorenzo Scotto and junior Jerry Ruiz represented Baylor on the first team. Sophomore Niclas Mansson earned second-team honors.
Mikkelsen, a speech communication major from Drammen, Norway, picked up first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors for the third straight year. The 2012 Byron Nelson Award finalist has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his seven semesters at Baylor. A 2011 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, he leads the Bears with a 71.03 scoring average, -0.67 score vs. par, 22 rounds of par or better and seven top-10 finishes. His 11 top-five and 18 top-10 career finishes are tied for third-most in program history.
Ruiz, a double major in sports, sponsorship & sales and information systems, collected first-team Academic All-Big 12 accolades for the second straight year. Through 15 rounds, the Puebla, Mexico, native owns a 74.00 scoring average.
Scotto, a double major in distribution management & technology and international business, garnered Academic All-Big 12 honors for the fourth time and first-team recognition for the third straight year. The Pordenone, Italy, native has a 72.79 scoring average through 24 rounds, while posting four top-25 finishes this season.
Mansson, a sophomore academically majoring in business, has a 74.33 scoring average in 18 rounds. The Halmstad, Sweden, native posted his career-first top-five finish at the Border Olympics in March. His true freshman season in 2010-11 was cut short due to a wrist injury and was granted a hardship waiver.
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the academic golf squad consisted of 41 first team members (25 women, 17 men) and 13 second team selections (eight women, six men). First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second-team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
Baylor closes out its spring schedule April 21-22 at The Aggie Invitational in Bryan, Texas.
2012 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 MEN’S GOLF TEAM (BAYLOR SELECTIONS)
Joakim Mikkelsen, Sr., Speech Communication (Drammen, Norway)
Jerry Ruiz, Jr., Sports Sponsorship & Sales / Information Systems (Puebla, Mexico)
Lorenzo Scotto, Sr., Distribution Management & Technology / International Business (Pordenone, Italy)
Niclas Mansson, So., Business (Halmstad, Sweden)