July 30, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB juniors Brian Hollenbeck and Matt Grush were honored as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-Amerca Scholars for 2009, it was recently announced. The duo gives the Gauchos eight such honorees since 2000.
Athletes named to the team must be a junior or senior academically, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or above, competed in 70-percent or more of the team's total rounds and possess a stroke average of 76.0 or lower.
Hollenbeck and Grush are each majoring in business economics. Grush received the same honor in 2008.
"I'm proud of Matt and Brian," said UCSB golf coach Steve Lass. "They really put the work in to get it done in the classroom and they are deserving of the recognition."
Hollenbeck was also named to the Big West's Spring All-Academic Team and in April the Gaucho golf team as a whole received an Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award from the NCAA,, ranking among the top 10 percent of all Division I golf programs in Academic Progress Rate (APR).
UCSB's Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-Amerca Scholars
Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.