May 17, 2012
DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois men's golf junior Paul Hammerschmidt (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) has been selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A 4.0 student majoring in mechanical engineering, Hammerschmidt finished the season with a 76.9 scoring average while posting three top-25 finishes in five tournaments this season. Hammerschmidt posted a season-best finish of 18th at the COG Mizzou Intercollegiate after firing a 54-hole total of 223. He finished the season with a 54-hole total 226 at the Mid-American Conference Championship, earning 20th-place.
"This is a terrific honor, both for Paul and for the program," said NIU head coach Tom Porten. "Paul is a brilliant mind and has all of the qualities you could ask for in a student-athlete. He had a very good spring on the golf course and his academic record speaks for itself, particularly in a major as demanding as mechanical engineering. I am very proud to see Paul recognized with his honor."
Hammerschmidt was the only Mid-American Conference representative on the District 5 At-Large Team, which is comprised of the NCAA Division I schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Hammerschmidt is also one of just two golfers on the District 5 Team and one of 10 golfers selected from across the eight total districts.
This marks the second-straight year in which NIU has been represented on the All-District Team, last year Andrew Frame and Tim Kay earned All-District honors.
The pool of sports that make up the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large teams include: Women's Bowling, Women's Crew, Men's and Women's Fencing, Women's Field Hockey, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Ice Hockey, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Rifle, Men's and Women's Skiing, Men's and Women's Swimming, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Water Polo and Men's Wrestling. Academic All-District First Team honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Academic At-Large Team District 5
Name (SCHOOL), GPA and Major, (Sport)
Bruno Abdelnour (ILLINOIS), 3.96 Mechanical engineering, (Tennis)
Chad Billins (FERRIS STATE), 3.82 Marketing, (Ice Hockey)
George Chanturia (DEPAUL), 3.91 Accounting, (Tennis)
Sean Duddy (OHIO STATE), 3.96 Finance, (Ice Hockey)
Andrew Elliott (OHIO STATE), 3.85 Marketing, (Swimming)
Colin Gray (EVANSVILLE), 4.00 Mathematics / actuarial science, (Swimming)
Paul Hammerschmidt (NORTHERN ILLINOIS), 4.00 Mechanical engineering, (Golf)
Ashton Kalhorn (BRADLEY), 4.00 Chemistry / business, (Tennis)
Ian Karbiener (LEWIS), 3.90 Business administration, (Volleyball)
David Lawrence (EASTERN ILLINOIS), 3.94 Marketing, (Golf)
Michael Newburger (OHIO STATE), 3.94 Mathematics, (Gymnastics)