LaPlace golfer’s academics earn honors at SELU

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Southeastern Louisiana University golfers Brett Bergeron and Hugo Leon were among 96 Division I players from across the country who were named earlier this week as Cleveland Golf All-America scholars in a release by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-America Scholars Committee.

&#8220I am very happy for Brett and Hugo,” Southeastern head coach Tim Baldwin said. &#8220To have two players selected GCAA Academic All-Americans is quite an accomplishment for our golf program.

&#8220Brett and Hugo should be very proud, they are well deserving of this honor. Both work hard in the classroom and are very competitive on the golf course. Both players will be return as seniors this fall and have the opportunity to become the first two-time selections in school history.”

Bergeron, a junior from LaPlace with a 4.0 grade point average in finance, was named last month as a third-team member on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Team. He participated in nine tournaments for the Lions in 2005-06, averaging 74.62 per round for the fourth-lowest average on the team.

The New Orleans native and Riverside Academy graduate was the 2003-04 SLC Student-Athlete of the Year in golf and was the 2002-03 SLC and LSWA Freshman of the Year.

Leon, a junior from Santiago, Chile with a 3.2 GPA in management, participated in 10 tournaments in 2005-06 and finished third on the team in scoring average, equaling his previous best at 74.4.

The pair joins former standouts Joey DePaula, who was honored as an Academic All-American in 1985, and Anders Hofvander, who was named a Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar in 2005.

Only juniors and seniors are eligible to be a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average. In addition, golfers must have under a 76.0 stroke average for Division I, under 78.0 for Division II and under 79.0 for Division III.