May 22, 2013
FORT WORTH – TCU senior men’s golfer Eli Cole was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team this week by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). His name will advance to the national ballot for consideration for Academic All-America honors.
Cole was selected in the Men’s At-Large category, which includes the sports of golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, swimming and diving, tennis, gymnastics and wrestling. Only those individuals with a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher are eligible for nomination. He is the first TCU student-athlete in any sport to earn honors from CoSIDA this season.
A native of Beverly Hills, Calif., Cole is competing this year for TCU as a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Arts program after earning his bachelor’s in mathematics in May 2012. He added to a list of individual honors that includes two academic all-conference awards in addition to a spot on the 2011 Cleveland All-America Scholar team.
On the course, Cole is one of the senior leaders for this year’s Horned Frogs squad that has qualified for next week’s NCAA Men’s Golf Championship for the fourth time in the last five years. He owns college golf’s No. 100 individual ranking according to the Golfweek/Sagarin national performance index and is among the top-220 amateur golfers in the world (R&A).
Cole is having his best season for TCU in 2012-13, owning a career-low stroke average of 72.44, which is more than 2.5 strokes better than his top previous season mark. He has finished among the top-10 individuals in five of TCU’s 12 tournaments, also a career-best figure.
TCU concludes its season next week at the NCAA Championship in Alpharetta, Ga. Competition at The Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course begins Tuesday and runs through June 2.