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Golfer earns Academic All-District honors

May 18, 2012
Paul Hammerschmidt

Paul Hammerschmidt

Northern Illinois men’s golf junior Paul Hammerschmidt (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) has been selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A 4.0 student majoring in mechanical engineering, Hammerschmidt finished the season with a 76.9 scoring average while posting three top-25 finishes in five tournaments this season.

Hammerschmidt posted a season-best finish of 18th at the COG Mizzou Intercollegiate after firing a 54-hole total of 223. He finished the season with a 54-hole total 226 at the Mid-American Conference Championship, earning 20th-place.

“This is a terrific honor, both for Paul and for the program,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “Paul is a brilliant mind and has all of the qualities you could ask for in a student-athlete. He had a very good spring on the golf course and his academic record speaks for itself, particularly in a major as demanding as mechanical engineering. I am very proud to see Paul recognized with his honor.”

Hammerschmidt was the only Mid-American Conference representative on the District 5 At-Large Team, which is comprised of the NCAA Division I schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Hammerschmidt is also one of just two golfers on the District 5 Team and one of 10 golfers selected from across the eight total districts.

This marks the second-straight year in which NIU has been represented on the All-District Team, last year Andrew Frame and Tim Kay earned All-District honors.

Academic All-District First Team honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot; All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

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