NIU Men's Golfers Emanuelson and Suhre End Career With CGCA Academic All-American Nods

Updated 8/24/2000

DeKALB (Aug. 24) - Putting the finishing touches on two successful careers, Northern Illinois University men's golfers Dave Emanuelson and Mike Suhre were named to the Collegiate Golf Coaches Association Academic All-America squad for the second straight year.

The CGCA honor roll is one of the most exclusive in collegiate athletics In order to be nominated for the award, student athletes must have at least a 3.2 grade point average, play in 85 percent of the team's matches and have a season average of 77 strokes per round or better.

"I think this may be the toughest award to win because you have to do well on the course and in the classroom," NIU links boss Jack Pheanis said. "I felt that both of them would make it again this year because they got it as juniors. Dave I was pretty certain about and Mike really worked his tail off at the end of the year to get his average down."

The CGCA All-America selection is the second award Emanuelson and Suhre have teamed up on this year. On May 25 the duo were named to the GTE / CoSIDA Spring At-Large Academic All-District V Team. Emanuelson followed that up with his second First-Team Academic All-America selection and the third All-America nod of his career.

"Dave and Mike are both very outstanding people. I don't think that enough can be said for their work ethic and their scholastic accomplishments," Pheanis said. "They have worked just as hard if not harder than anyone I've ever coached. Even though we didn't achieve all of our goals this year, both of them gave me 100 percent every time out."

Emanuelson graduated from Northern Illinois' regionally and nationally-recognized College of Business with a double major in finance and economics this spring. An eight-time member of the Dean's List with a cumulative gpa of 3.94, he plans to attend law school this fall.

The DeKalb native's list of academic awards is nearly as long as his drives off the tee. His first team Academic All-America award put him in elite NIU company as only the sixth Huskie to pick up the Academic All-America three-peat. On May 1, Emanuelson was singled out from every Division I collegiate men's golfer for the MasterCard Graduate Scholarship Award from the College Golf Foundation.

Including in Emanuelson's list of academic awards is a pair of Mid-American Conference Academic All-Conference honorable mention selections. He is also a four-time Victory Scholar (3.5 GPA and higher) in the Northern Illinois Athletics Academic Excellence Program as well as a four-peater as the golf team's Scholar Athlete Award winner.

This spring Emanuelson highlighted his playing career by capturing the first medalist honors of his Huskie tenure at the El Diablo Intercollegiate, firing a season-low 217. On the course he was a mark of consistency, keeping his average all season within a stroke of his final mark of 74.6 - the second lowest average on the team.

"Dave is one of the best golfers I have ever coached and is certainly the best student I have ever had," Pheanis added. "He's just an unbelievably good student and athlete. When you start talking about 'student-athletes,' I can't think of anyone who better describes the term than Dave. This is a guy who maintained a straight-A average every year in school, except for two classes where he got B's, and he graduated in four years with two degrees. That is truly amazing."

No stranger to academic excellence, Suhre is a four-time recipient of Victory Scholar honors and is a ten-time member of the Dean's List. Last season he put himself in the elite company of the MAC by earning the Commissioner's Award for achieving at least a 3.50 gpa. He completed his degree in business administration this spring with a 3.72 gpa.

"I think Mike may be the best leader I've ever had," Pheanis noted. "His work ethic is top shelf, he works very hard and that spreads to the whole team. Mike is very optimistic, the glass is always half full for him and he is always trying to fill the other half."

Over his five years at Northern Illinois, Suhre continually improved his game. His final average of 76.9 is over a stroke better than the tally from his freshman year. He equaled his career-best round of 69 during the opening round of play at the Dr Pepper Tanglewood Invitational in March, and finished that event with a season-low 54-hole tally of 221.