W&L's James Named to Golf Scholar All-America Team

NORMAN, Okla. -- Washington and Lee senior Nathaniel James (Keller, Texas/Keller) has been tabbed to the Cleveland Golf Division III Scholar All-America team, which was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Tuesday.

James was one of 41 Division III players to receive the award, which honors juniors and seniors who have played in at least 70 percent of the team's rounds or who have competed in the NCAA Championships. Honorees must also have a stroke average of 79.0 or under, be of high moral character and have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2 or better.

James received the honor for the second-straight year. A finalist for the 2008 Bryon Nelson Award, he is a four-year letterwinner and a team captain for the Generals. He is a four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a two-time winner of the ODAC Golfer of the Year and ODAC Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards. The ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2005, James won the ODAC Individual Championship this spring in leading the Generals to their first conference title since 1999.

A Third Team All-American as a sophomore and a First Team All-America choice last spring, James ranked No. 1 in Division III this year with a 72.5 stroke average over 21 rounds played. A politics major with a GPA in excess of 3.5, James has a 73.8 career scoring average and he has never posted a score higher than 81 over 90 career rounds. Also on the watch list for the Jack Nicklaus Award for the top collegiate golfer, James has been inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

Washington and Lee is currently competing at the 2008 NCAA Division III Golf Championships at the Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga.