DESTIN, Fla. – The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced its 2013 Cleveland Golf/Srixon Division III All-America Scholar team on Tuesday evening at its annual awards dinner and Washington and Lee junior Mark Sowinski (Greensboro, N.C. / Bishop McGuinness) was among those honored at the event.
Sowinski was one of 30 Division III players to receive the All-America Scholar Award, which honors juniors and seniors who have played in at least 50 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.
Sowinski is one of just three W&L golfers ever to receive the award, joining Tim Gavrich '11 and Nathaniel James '08, who earned it twice.
Sowinski played all 21 rounds for the Generals during the 2012-13 year, posting a 78.7 scoring average. His best finish was tying for 12th at the season-opening Tom Kinder Invitational hosted by Bridgewater after he carded a +3 score of 72-75—147. He shot a low round of 70 at the Marine Corps Intercollegiate, and he placed 24th overall at the ODAC Championship with a score of 81-84-82—247.
A two-time winner of the Cy Twombly Award as the team's most improved golfer, he has lowered his stroke average from 86.5 as a first-year, to 81.5 as a sophomore and 78.7 this season. For his career, Sowinski has played a total of 40 rounds and he claims an 80.3 stroke average.