LONDON – FormerUniversity of Arizona golfer Erik Oja was selected as a PING honorable mention All-American Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Oja is the first All-America selection from Arizona since Tarquin MacManus was named honorable mention in 2009.
Oja was one of 30 players selected from across the country to be named honorable mention, and is the first player to be selected from Arizona since Jim Anderson took over as head coach in 2012.
“This is a big deal for our program,” Anderson said. “Erik joins a list of outstanding players who have played at UA and his season ranks up there with some of our best. Our entire team is proud of him and we celebrate his achievement together.”
Oja becomes the 52nd overall Arizona golfer to be named to an All-America team.
Oja will also be participating in the 2014 Palmer Cup next weekend in England, which is a tournament between American and European collegiate golfers. This will be the third year that UA has had a golfer play in the tournament, joining current UA assistant golf coach Chris Nallen, who was selected in both 2003 and 2004.
“He set a goal at the beginning of the year to be a Palmer Cup team member, as well as an All-American,” Anderson said. “And now he has done both.”
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