Andrew Skibski Repeats on GCAA Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Team

Andrew Skibski, an athletic training graduate, is Adrian's first two-time GCAA Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar in eight years. (Graphic by Patrick Stewart)
Andrew Skibski, an athletic training graduate, is Adrian's first two-time GCAA Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar in eight years. (Graphic by Patrick Stewart)

GCAA news release

NORMAN, Okla. — Andrew Skibski (Monroe, Mich./St. Mary's Catholic Central High School) has accomplished what no other Adrian College men's golf student-athlete has done in eight seasons...repeat on the Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Team for NCAA Division III, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. 

Before this week, David Sreiberg (2009-10, 2010-11) was the first Adrian men's golfer to twice earn GCAA All-America Scholar accolades.

It was a record setting year for the award as 540 student-athletes earned the title of All-America Scholar, the most since the awards inception in 1982. Out of the 540 honorees, 266 players were Division I selections, 112 in Division II, 23 NAIA recipients, and 18 NJCAA award winners. 2019 marks the first year in which NJCAA players are eligible for the award.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically in Division I, II, III, and NAIA, or receiving their Associate's Degree and in their last year of athletic eligibility in the NJCAA. In addition, they 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, 77.0 in NJCAA, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

Skibski advanced to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot after earning first-team Academic All-District® 6 Men's At-Large recognition for the first time during his senior season. This awards program is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom.

Skibski was a three-time All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association pick, including first team recognition as a junior in 2017-18. He also was chosen the MIAA Men's Golfer of the Week twice during the 2018-19 season among three times in his career. He owned a 76.3 average overall to lead the Bulldogs in scoring for the last three seasons and his 73.8 stroke average in the MIAA this season ranked eighth. The latter figure is AC's best conference score since at least the 1977-78 season.

"Andrew carried a 3.96 GPA during his undergraduate career at the College. He was a two-year captain as our leader," said Bulldogs golf coach Ryan Williams. "He was extraordinary in the class room and on the golf course, so it was certainly fitting that he is our first-ever candidate on the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Everything he does, he pours 100 percent of himself into and it shows with the results that he produces. His numbers on the golf course speak for themselves, playing in every tournament over four years for us. He is a remarkable student-athlete in every sense of the word and deserves every accolade that he gets."
 
Skibski led the Bulldogs lineup that produced five top-20 individual finishers at the nine-team Pfeiffer University Invitational on March 4-5 to begin the spring schedule. He carded a 79+77=156 for eighth place out of a field of 46 student-athletes on the 6,952-yard course on The Club at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville, S.C. Adrian was ahead of NCAA Division II scholarship Alderson Broaddus (347+331=678, 7th) and the host Pfeiffer Falcons, who are a former Division I program (347+340=687, 8th).

With the conclusion of the MIAA Fall Championships in October, Skibski ranked in the MIAA top-10 (73.8 average) for six rounds in conference play. He twice recorded a 69 for the squad's lowest score, including a runner-up finish at the Sep. 12 MIAA Jamboree #1 in Battle Creek at the Bedford Valley Country Club.

A year ago, Skibski was the first Adrian men's golfer since Cameron McKee in 2013 to place on the All-MIAA First Team.

He helped Adrian to a No. 108 team ranking by GolfStat. Active in community service, Skibski made the 2017-18 GCAA All-America Scholar Team.

The athletic training major will attend graduate school in the master's athletic training program at Adrian in the fall. He also plans to help the Bulldogs golf program as an assistant coach.

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