June 24, 2008
Six men's golfers were among the 77 University of Alabama student-athletes named to the 2008 Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll. The spring list of award winners includes student-athletes from the sports of golf, baseball, softball, tennis, track and field, rowing, lacrosse, equestrian and cross country.
The six Crimson Tide golfers named to the list included 4.0 student Joseph Sykora of Daphne. The three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American was a senior this past season. He won the Topy Cup/U.S. vs. Japan Matches and finished second at the 2008 SEC Championships. He majored in accounting, receiving his undergraduate degree in May 2007 and his graduate degree in 2008.
Fellow senior Mark Harrell, a 2008 All-SEC golfer who will graduate this summer with a degree in management, was a repeat academic honoree having earned the honor in 2007 as well. Harrell played in the 2007 U.S. Open as an amateur, is a three-time U.S. Amateur participant and won a collegiate tournament, setting the Alabama 54-hole record at 198 this past fall when the Hazlehurst, Ga., native won the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
Matt Hughes, a 2007 U.S. Amateur participant, made the Academic Honor Roll for the third straight year. The Dalton, Ga., native is a marketing major and was a junior on the Alabama team in 2008. Montgomery's Matthew Swan, a junior on the Tide golf team this past season and a three-time U.S. Amateur participant also made the list. The winner of the 2008 Puerto Rico Classic and 2008 All-SEC golfer is a communication studies major and is making his second straight SEC Academic Honor Roll appearance. Tuscaloosa's Ben Moody, the 2006 Alabama State Amateur Champion made his first appearance on the list. Moody is a general studies major. And Stewart Whitt, a senior consumer sciences major from Athens, earned a spot on the Honor Roll for the fourth straight year.
Tide golf coach Jay Seawell has produced 31 SEC Academic Honor Roll honorees in his six seasons as Alabama's head coach. A total of 940 student-athletes in the league were named to the Honor Roll. It requires a GPA of 3.00 for either the preceding academic year or a cumulative GPA of 3.00 at the nominating institution, among other requirements.