Senior Jake Arnett of the Oglethorpe men's golf team earned spots as a Division III Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and on the Division III Ping Southeast All-Region team Tuesday night at the Golf Coaches Association of America Division III National Awards Banquet in Lexington, Kentucky, as part of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships.
It marked the fourth consecutive year in which Arnett took Southeast All-Region honors, and his second straight all-America scholar award. He's now earned both honors in every year he's been eligible for them.
They served as the latest in a series of honors for Arnett in his final year with the Petrels. He won SAA Men's Golfer of the Year honors from the league's coaches for the second consecutive year, sweeping to his first career individual SAA title at the conference tournament in late April. It marked the school's third individual SAA title and broke the record for the best three-day score in SAA Championships history. It was his third individual medal of the season, after he took the honors at the SAA Fall Preview and the Oglethorpe-Royal Lakes Fall Invitational. He's also garnered seven top 10 finishes this season and did not finish worse than eighth the entire spring season. He's currently the 13th-ranked player in all of Division III golf.
To be eligible for all-America scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically and compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in either 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds or at the NCAA Championships, have a stroke average under 79 per round for the season, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his institution.
A total of 98 players earned All-Region honors from around the six NCAA Division III men's golf regions -- Central, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Southeast and West.
Arnett and the rest of the Petrels will be back at Keene Trace Golf Club in nearby Nicholasville on Wednesday for the second round of the national tournament. They'll tee off from the Champion Trace course at 12:50 p.m. and enter the day tied for fourth after posting 7-over-par 295 on the Keene Run course Tuesday. Arnett finished the day tied for 20th after a 1-over 73 Tuesday morning.