HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison men's golf has had a pair of players named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars as seniors Rich Leeper (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) and Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) have earned the honor, announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I 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.
“I am proud of Ryan and Rich," Head Coach Jeff Forbes said. "They worked hard on and off the course and deserve this honor.”
A kinesiology major with a sports management concentration, Leeper was second on the team in scoring, posting a 74.33 average in nine tournaments and 24 rounds of competition. The senior had nine rounds of par or better and four top-10 finishes, including a tournament victory at the Bash at the Beach. His career-low 9-under 204 at the Bash earned him medalist honors by one shot over Smith as well as CAA Golfer of the Week recognition, with the mark the third-lowest 54-hole score in program history. Leeper also tied for fifth at the CAA Tournament, earning All-Tournament honors. He finishes at 75.35 strokes per round in 74 career rounds, finishing his career ninth in JMU scoring average.
Also a kinesiology major with a sports management concentration, Vince competed in 11 tournaments and 30 rounds, posting a 75.33 average for the season. He had two rounds of par or better and posted a pair of top-20 finishes forthe season. Vince's best finish was in the season-opening Golfweek Program Challenge, as he shot a 3-under 213 and tied for sixth. Duringt aht tournament, he posted a career-best 5-under 67 in the first round. He also had a tie for seventh at the CAA Men's Golf Championship. In his career, Vince played in 94 rounds and averraged 74.62 strokes, ranking second among players since 1993-94.
Both are classified as Kinesiology majors because they came in to JMU before Sport Management formed its own college. They both have a sport management concentration.