BRISTOL, Tenn. – During the summer months, many coaches associations had out awards for student-athletes in that sport, and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced their Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar athletes earlier this week. King University's men's golfer, Ross Maietta was one of 75 NCAA Division II golfers that earned the distinction.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, must be a junior or senior academically, compete in three full years at the collegiate level and participate in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds. The individuals also have to have a GPA of at least a 3.2 and NCAA Division II golfer must have a stroke average under 77.0. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
Maietta was one of three golfers to play in all 20 rounds for the Tornado, compiling an average of 76.25 strokes per round, which ranked third on the team. His best tournament of the season may have come at home in the King University Invitational at the Country Club of Bristol. He followed his first round of 73 with a second round of even-par 70 to finish sixth, his best finish of the season, with a stroke total of 143. He nearly cracked the top-10 again in the final two regular season tournaments of the year, finishing 12th at the Bearcat Invitational with a three-round total of 220 (73-74-73) and took 11th at the Cliffs Intercollegiate with a total of 149 (77-72). In his three years at King, the Bexley, England native carries a 3.32 GPA while majoring in business.
Along with being one of 75 NCAA Division II golfers to earn Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar honors, Maietta was only one of three golfers from Conference Carolinas that earned this honor as Nicholas Fonseca of Barton College and Tucker MacDonald of North Greenville University joined him.