NORMAN, Okla. — Lincoln Memorial University men’s golf alums Braden Galyon (Powell, Tennessee) and Rand Wasson (Norris, Tennessee) were two of the 91 total NCAA Division II student-athletes to earn Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar recognition, it was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
In order to be eligible for the All-America Scholar award, a junior or senior student-athlete must participate in at least 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, compete for a minimum of three full seasons of collegiate golf, finish with a stroke average of 78 or better, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2.
The 2014-15 SAC Men’s Golfer of the Year, Galyon led the Railsplitters in his final season in the blue and gray with a 72.96 stroke average, the second-lowest single-season mark in school history. He finished inside the top 10 in seven of his 12 events.
The Powell native compiled a ridiculous 756-199 win-loss record with a .792 winning percentage. Galyon received one of the four individual, at-large selections to participate in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional.
Galyon won two tournaments during his senior season, breaking through for the first victory of his career at the State Farm Intercollegiate last October. In that event, he fired a Woodlake Golf Course record 8-under par round of 64 to fuel a dominant, wire-to-wire win.
Galyon added another triumph to his resume at the Tennessee River Rumble in March, the final regular season event of his tenure, shooting rounds of 70 and 73 to finish at one-under par.
Galyon claims the fourth-lowest career stroke average in program history with a 74.49 average, while his .730 win-loss percentage is ranked No. 4 on the school’s all-time list. He is the owner of two of the six lowest single-season stroke averages in program history.
Wasson, the 2013-14 SAC Men’s Golfer of the Year, completed his final season with the Railsplitters with a 73.85 stroke average and a 526-100 win-loss record. The Norris product produced a pair of top-5 finishes, tying for third place at the Tusculum Fall Classic and taking a share of fifth place at the Tennessee River Rumble.
Wasson added a pair of 11th-place finishes as well, accomplishing that feat at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate and the State Farm Intercollegiate.
Wasson earned a strong academic reputation well before receiving this award, as he was recognized as the 2013-14 SAC Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year. That same year, Wasson was the recipient of the B. Frank Turner Award at the annual LMU athletics banquet.
The B. Frank Turner Award is presented annually to the male and female athletes that display the best all-around performance in their field of play, in the classroom and in the community.
Wasson owns the seventh-best career scoring average in program history with a 74.8 mark, establishing a .699 win-loss record over that four-year span. He finished in the top 10 in 10 of his 31 tournaments with one victory.
Both Galyon and Wasson graduated from LMU this past spring, as Galyon earned a degree in Business and Wasson finished his Pre-Med coursework.