June 7, 2011

GC Golf’s Yonz Named Academic All-America by CoSIDA/Capital One

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) recently announced the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large teams, and senior Matthew Yonz (Waycross, Ga.) of the Georgia College golf team was named to the College Division Third Team.

The senior finished with 3.96 GPA with a double-major in chemistry and general business at Georgia College, the top GPA of any male Bobcat student-athlete. This marks the first time any Bobcat golfer has been named an Academic All-American.

Yonz posted a 74.8 stroke average over nine events this season. He was one of 45 student-athletes named Academic All-American and the only one from the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).

The College Division includes the NCAA’s Division II and III as well as the NAIA schools. The At-Large group includes student-athletes from golf, fencing; gymnastics; ice hockey; lacrosse; rifle; skiing; swimming; tennis; volleyball; water polo; and wrestling. District 3 includes all schools from Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The teams are voted on by the region’s sports information directors.

The 2010-11 season was another outstanding one for Bobcat Golf. GC put four individuals on the All- PBC Teams, with head coach Jimmy Wilson taking Coach of the Year, Billy Shida (2007-11) adding Player of the Year honors, and Yonz now being named Academic All-American.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, back-to-back winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at www.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.

About Capital One     
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $122.2 billion in deposits and  $197.5 billion in total assets outstanding as of December 31, 2010. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One, N.A. has approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.

Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN’s Capital One Bowl Week. In 2010, Capital One launched the Capital One Cup, a prestigious new program rewarding NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple men’s and women’s sports. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot Team, all 88 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.