EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men’s golfers Charlie Netzel and Michael Sharp have been named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, as announced by the GCAA. In total, now just 15 MSU golfers have earned this prestigious honor.
A total of 260 players in Division I, 108 in Division II and 12 in NAIA earned the honor. The 260 Division I players was a new record.
Netzel, from Western Springs, Illinois, had a solid senior campaign for Michigan State. The senior, who is majoring in management, is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Netzel earned PING All-Midwest Region and second-team All-Big Ten accolades this season.
The senior had one tournament victory, capturing the Colleton River Collegiate in March. He had a career-low 205 at the prestigious Alister MacKenzie Invitational. He ended the season strong with back-to-back top 10 finishes to end the regular season. Netzel averaged a 72.89, which was the lowest of any Spartan competing in more than six events, and the sixth-lowest in MSU history.
Sharp, a junior from Kendallville, Indiana, had a breakout season for the Spartans. The junior was the only men’s golfer in the Big Ten with a perfect 4.0 GPA, earning Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors.
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Both Sharp and Netzel competed in all 15 events during the 2016-17 season. Sharp finished with a 73.90 scoring average. The junior’s best tournament was finishing second in the Bearcat Invitational in September, finishing with a 211 (68-73-70). At the Inverness Intercollegiate, Sharp shot career-low 67 in the first round.
In 2016, Netzel and Josh Heinze both earned Scholar All-America honors. The duo of golfers were the first to be honored with the award since current assistant coach Dan Ellis in 2013. Netzel has now earned the recognition for two-straight seasons, becoming the fifth Spartan to win the award twice.
The Spartans captured three tournaments during the 2016-17 campaign, winning the Bearcat Invitational, the Quail Valley Intecollegiate and the Colleton River Collegiate. MSU also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season.
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 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 78.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2.
Michigan State was also recognized by the GCAA with All-Academic Team honors for achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 academic year. This was the fifth-straight season that the Spartans were honored as a GCAA All-Academic Team.