(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Senior men's golfer George Qian (Bettendorf, Iowa/Montverde Academy) was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American on the Men's At-Large Team. The team honors athletes from eight different sports with Qian being one of four golfers to earn the award. His placement on the second team is the first of his career.
Qian, a two-time PING All-American for Carnegie Mellon University, was named a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award and placed 30th at the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship where he recorded the best finish ever by a Tartan. Qian is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree who, in May, earned PING Mid-Atlantic Region honors for the fourth time and was named a Cleveland/Srixon All-America Scholar for the second time.
He finished the season with a team-best average round of 74.2 through 25 rounds with a tournament win, three top-three finishes and five top-ten finishes. At the Wynlakes Intercollegiate in late March, Qian tied the single-round school record with his opening-round score of five-under par 67. He finished the Wynlakes with a two-round score of seven-under par 137, which broke the school record for the lowest 36-hole event.
The senior opened spring play claiming UAA Most Valuable Player honors at the 2017 UAA Match-Play Championships after winning both of his matches. His play to start the spring earned him Division III Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men's Golfer of the Month for March.
Off the course, Qian maintained a 3.84 GPA in business administration and is a member of the Student-Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC). He has been an active member with the team which volunteers with The First Tee of Pittsburgh and assisted with the golf portion of the Western Pennsylvania Spring Sectionals of the Special Olympics.