PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Senior golfer Andy Butler (Oakmont, Pa.) was chosen as the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Golf Performer of the Year in a press release on Monday afternoon. The award was announced along with the 2018 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team following a vote by the sports information offices of the 30 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area.
This is the second straight year that Butler has earned Academic All-Area honors, and he joins Michael Kania (2013) as the only Villanova golfers to be voted Performer of the Year since the inception of the academic all-area program in 2005.
Butler had a terrific senior season for the Wildcats and was named a second team All-BIG EAST selection. He led Villanova and ranked sixth in the BIG EAST with a 73.58 stroke average in 2017-18 and tied for 10th place individually at the BIG EAST Championships last month. He was also selected to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) PING All-Region as one of 25 honorees from the Northeast Region. Butler’s senior year highlights included finishing one-under par at the Coca-Cola Invitational with rounds of 70 and 73 in April, as well as recording a 12th place finish at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate in the Wildcats first competition of the fall season.
In addition to his success on the course, Butler has equally stood out for his academic pursuits as a Mechanical Engineering major with minors in Mathematics and Finance. He was named a GCAA All-America Scholar in 2017 and has also been a three-time selection to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team with this year’s team still to be announced.
Student-athletes are eligible for Academic All-Area recognition by having a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher in addition to being a significant contributor to their teams. A nominee must also have completed a minimum of two academic semesters at their school.