Barry's Stapff Wins Men's Golf Elite 89 Award
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Daniel Stapff, a senior at Barry University, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship.
Stapff, majoring in finance, currently carries a 3.918 GPA. Stapff was presented with the award at the Cardinal Club Course on Monday afternoon in Louisville. For Stapff, it was the second time in three years that he has earned the men’s golf award. He was also the recipient of the inaugural award in 2010 as a sophomore.
Stapff leads the top-ranked Buccaneers with a 72.64 stroke average. He took the individual medal at the St. Edward’s Invitational to set a school record for career wins with four, and has five other top-five finishes this season.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.