Francis Marion University junior Sebastian Backlund has been named to the list of Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for the 2011-12 season.
Backlund, a native of Bollebygd, Sweden, becomes the eighth Patriot golfer to earn national academic honors, but the first since the program moved to NCAA Division I affiliation.
The Golf Coaches Association of America announced that 146 golfers at the Division I level were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for this past season. To be eligible for All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically – having competed in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participated in 70 percent of his team’s competitive rounds or competed in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0, and maintain a minimum cumulative 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.
Backlund owns a 3.947 cumulative grade point average as an economics major. He maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA for the 2011-12 academic year.
On the course, he led the Patriots in stroke average at 73.39, while playing all 28 rounds this past season. He registered four Top-20 showings, and helped the team to a 98-92-4 record. His year was highlighted by winning the individual title at the Big 5 Tournament in Philadelphia last fall and with a second-place finish at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va., this spring.
He was also named the team’s most valuable player for the second year in a row.