From staff reports
PINSON – The Golf Coaches Association of America has given out some honors, and one local product is a recipient.
Former Pinson Valley and University of Cincinnati men’s golfer John Michael O’Toole, 22, has been named the association’s Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar.
The former Indian is one of 206 NCAA recipients. Only juniors and seniors who participate in half of their team’s competitive rounds, maintain a 3.2 GPA, and keep their stroke average under 76 are eligible to receive recognition.
According to gobearcats.com, O’Toole finished his senior campaign (2014-15) with a 73.63 stroke average while accumulating eight top-30 finishes. He owned a 47.20 stroke average as a junior for the Bearcats.
O’Toole kept his name on the university’s Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s List throughout his final two years as a student-athlete.
The Pinson native has also made recent headlines for his first-place finish in a Jasper tournament. O’Toole ran away with the top prize at the Travis Hudson/Bernard Weinstein Invitational last weekend.
He shot a six-under par 65 in the final round at Musgrove Country Club, securing his second tournament title. At the end of the three rounds in Jasper, O’Toole’s scorecard read 15 under par, which was nine strokes fewer than the closest competitor.