FRISCO, Texas – Hours of dedication in the classroom continue to pay off for Southeastern Louisiana men’s golfer Paul Obermann.
Obermann, who graduated this past Saturday with a degree in finance, was named the Southland Conference Golf Student-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Obermann was an automatic selection to the conference All-Academic team after being voted to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 6 Men’s At-Large Team last week. He is a candidate for the Academic All-American team which will be released at a later date.
“It’s pretty awesome and it complements the CoSIDA award pretty well, I think,” Obermann said. “It makes me pretty happy that all the hard work paid off. There were a couple of times I had to say, ‘No, I’m not going out tonight, I’m not going to this because I have to study for this test’. It makes me happy it’s all coming out and working out and I’m being recognized. It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something and that’s pretty cool.”
It is the sixth time a Southeastern student-athlete has been named the Southland Student-Athlete of the Year for golf. Cedric Scotto was a three-time recipient from 2009-11 while Brett Bergeron was named in 2004 and Matthew Carvell in 2008. It is also the 14th-straight year a Lion has been named to the Southland All-Academic team.
The All-Academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for All-Academic selection. Nominees who were also named to the All-Conference First Team or CoSIDA Academic All-District team are automatically named Southland All-Academic.
The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.
Obermann, who had a 3.97 going into the spring semester, was one of three student-athletes to be honored recently for having the highest GPA in the Southeastern athletic department among graduating seniors. The Mühlhausen, Germany native was selected to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Spring Honor Roll in 2014, ‘15 and ’16 and was a member of the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
On the course, Obermann was named second-team All-Southland Conference after leading the Lions in 2016-17 with a 74.03 stroke average over 30 rounds. He had 10 rounds at par or better, including two rounds in the 60s. He finished 10th in the Southland Championships with a 14-over 230.
Obermann also led the Lions with a 73.58 stroke average in four fall tournaments. He had a pair of top 10s, tying for sixth at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate and for 10th at the ULM Duck Commander Intercollegiate. He had a low round of 68, the best by a Lion in the fall.
Obermann is scheduled to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) on Wednesday and is hoping to do well enough to get into his desired graduate program. Southeastern golf head coach Jake Narro believes Obermann has a bright future ahead of him, no matter where he ends up.
“For Paul, these awards are in recognition for not only obviously for his outstanding play on the course, but for how great a student he is and how he is looking out for his future,” Narro said. “It just continues for him. Of course, this is a wonderful honor, but it’s not ending for him. He’s going to keep going and he’s going to keep doing this and if I owned a billion-dollar company, I would hire him and let him run it. I wish I could come up with a couple of more adjectives to describe his drive to succeed, but what more than to have these awards given to him. They’re appropriate, they’re deserved.”
2016-17 Southland Conference Men’s Golf All-Academic Team
Name Class School Hometown Major GPA
Louis Tomlinson Jr. Central Arkansas Welwyn Garden City, England Undecided 3.33
Major Monzingo Sr. Stephen F. Austin Trophy Club, Texas Marketing 3.25
Paul Obermann Sr. Southeastern La. Mühlhausen, Germany Finance 3.97
Baxter Ward Sr. Stephen F. Austin Armidale, Australia Business Economics 4.00
Markus Krieger Sr. New Orleans Stockholm, Sweden Finance 4.00
Student-Athlete of the Year: Paul Obermann, Southeastern Louisiana