BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 20, 2020) -- Arkansas' Mason Overstreet and South Carolina's Lois Kaye Go have been named SEC Men's and Women's Golf Scholar-Athletes of the Year by a vote of the league head coaches.
Overstreet graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in business finance, posting a 3.88 GPA. The Kingfisher, Okla., native is also a nominee for the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship. He has earned SEC Academic Honor Roll four times, has posted a perfect 4.0 five times to earn Chancellor's List, and has earned Dean's List (3.75-3.99 GPA) three times (only four career "B's").
On the course, Overstreet's career scoring average of 72.04 ranks second on the school's all-time list while his 459 career birdies rank third and his 13 eagles tie for first. This past season, he posted a scoring average of 71.46 which ranks seventh on the school's single-season list. He also has the eighth-best, single-season scoring average in school history (71.52 in 2017-18) and the 16th-best (71.77 in 2018-19). In 2019-20, Overstreet had seven of his 24 rounds in the 60's, shooting 66 four times.
Overstreet, the 2017 NCAA runner-up, joins PGA Touring Pro Austin Cook as a two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient.
As South Carolina's career leader in scoring average (72.65), the senior from Cebu City in the Philippines also holds a 4.0 grade point average with a double major of accounting and finance and was recently named South Carolina's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. The award is given each year to a graduating senior with exceptional academic achievement, and athletics contribution is also considered.
After playing her freshman year at Boston College where she earned All-ACC honors, Go transferred to South Carolina and continued to excel in all areas the last three years. She was named the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2019 and is a two-time WGCA All-American Scholar. She has also been named to the SEC Honor Roll the previous two seasons.
On the links, Go earned All-SEC and Golfweek All-American Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore and junior. She was on her way to more accolades this year before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SEC recognizes a Scholar-Athlete of the Year in each of its 21 sponsored sports.