CLINTON, SC – Presbyterian College’s Hayden Ploeger has earned Srixon/Cleveland All-America Scholar honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Wednesday. He is the first PC golfer in program history to earn this award.

“We are so proud of the example Hayden has set for our program,” head coach Thomas Addison said. “He was a great leader in the classroom and on the course. We wish him the best as he begins pharmacy school this fall.”

Ploeger was also recently awarded the Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship. He competed four years for the Blue Hose golf team, and was the squad's leader in stroke average this past season with a 75.07 clip.  He recorded his first career Top 10 finish as a senior when he tied for runner-up at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational -- an event that featured his collegiate-low 18-hole score of 66.  Ploeger, who tied as PC's top finisher at the 2017 Big South Men's Golf Championship, played 100 total rounds for Presbyterian during his four years and finished with a 75.80 scoring average.  He was a three-time Men's Golf All-Academic Team member, including the Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015-16.  He graduated with a 3.64 GPA in Chemistry and will pursue his Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm. D.) upon enrollment in the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.

During his time at PC, Ploeger was an active member and worship leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as well as the men's golf representative on Presbyterian's SAAC.  A Pre-Pharmacy Club member, he interned at Sadler-Hughes Apothecary in the spring of 2016.  In addition, Ploeger has volunteered at the Aiken Regional Medical Center, volunteered as a Young Life Leader in Greenwood County, coached recreational youth soccer in Clinton, and twice participated in the Stop Hunger food drive at First Presbyterian Church in Clinton.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of at least 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.