SKYHAWK GOLF PROGRAM SPOTLIGHTED BY NCAA FOR TOP ACADEMIC PERFORMANCES
May 17, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Tennessee at Martin golf team has earned a public recognition award by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for its continued academic excellence.
This announcement is part of the overall NCAA Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top Academic Progress Rates within their respective sports. The UT Martin golf program was one of 1,284 teams from 312 Division I schools that posted multiyear APR’s in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The 2016-17 Skyhawk golf squad was the fourth UT Martin team to ever receive a NCAA public recognition award, joining women’s tennis (2012-13 and 2004-05) and women’s cross country (2004-05).
The Skyhawks were part of 98 NCAA Division I golf programs and one of 29 total Ohio Valley Conference sports programs to earn the 2016-17 award. UT Martin was one of just two public institutions (alongside Tennessee Tech) in the state of Tennessee to have its men’s golf team honored by the NCAA.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance. A team’s APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible, multiplied by 1,000. It includes four years (this year’s numbers included the school years of 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17). High –performing teams receiving public recognition awards posted APR scores ranging from 985 to a perfect 1,000.