Amherst's Sharaf Tabbed GCAA/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar

May 16, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior men's golfer Justin Sharaf (Danvers, MA) was named a Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA)/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar for the second straight season. Sharaf, a two-year captain, was one of just two men's golfers from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) to earn All-America Scholar honors, along with Williams College's Matthew Slovitt.

A three-time Second-Team All-NESCAC selection and two-time GCAA/PING All-Northeast region honoree, Sharaf has been one of Amherst's best and most consistent players over the last four seasons. He led the Jeffs in five of eight tournaments this season, including a third-place showing at the Northeast Preview, hosted by Skidmore College. In his junior campaign, Sharaf placed in the top ten in four of 10 tournaments, highlighted by a first-place finish at the Palamountain Invitational, hosted by Skidmore. As a sophomore, he was named to the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Division III Team New England after an outstanding performance at the NEIGA Championships.

In order to qualify for Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status, an athlete of junior or senior academic standing must play in at least 70% of his team's competitive rounds over a minimum of two years of collegiate competition. He must have a stroke average under 79.0 and a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20. An honoree must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.