FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas men’s golf team earned President’s Special Recognition for their team grade point average by the Golf Coaches Association of America as part of the organization’s annual Team Academic Awards presented by Farmers Insurance. Arkansas is one of 12 teams in the nation who earned a cumulative 3.5 GPA for the 2011-12 academic year, with nine student-athletes combining for a 3.61 team GPA over the 2011 fall and 2012 spring semesters. Teams had to earn a combined 3.0 GPA to be recognized by the GCAA with just the 11 schools taking President’s Special Recognition for a 3.5 GPA or better and DePaul being named the Academic National Champion for its national leading grade point average. “I am very proud of the fact that this team was able to be successful not just on the golf course, but also in the classroom,” Arkansas Head Coach Brad McMakin said. “The nature of our sport keeps guys out of class for several days at a time and they continue to improve in both areas which speaks to the type of young men that they are.” The team academic award is the third national academic honor bestowed upon the team or member of the Arkansas men’s golf squad. Along with the team academic award, senior-to-be Austin Cook was recognized earlier in the spring as the Southeastern Conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was also named Capital One Academic All-District VI. Along with the national accolades, then freshman Kolton Crawford was named to the SEC First-Year Honor Roll and Sebastian Cappelen, Cook, Joe Doramus, Josh Eure and William Meason were included in the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll. Eight Razorback student-athletes also earned a place on one of Arkansas’ three academic honor rolls for either the fall, spring or both semesters. On the course this season, Arkansas won a school record seven tournaments, breaking an 18-year-old school record as they took the team title in seven of 11 tournaments. The Razorbacks were a top 10 ranked team throughout the season in all three men’s golf polls and were just edged at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional for an opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championship. Arkansas returns five of the six players who saw significant action in 2011-12 and add to that two of the top 10 junior players in the country for 2012-13.