Michael Perras Receives Academic Honor

July 26, 2017

HOUSTON – University of Houston Men’s Golf senior Michael Perras was named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar for his impressive work in the classroom.

Perras, who is a business major with a 3.29 GPA, was one of 260 NCAA Division I student-athletes and more than 430 student-athletes across all divisions to be honored.

In 2016-17, Perras was named to the All-American Athletic Conference for the second straight season. He led the team with a 71.57 average, 20 rounds of par or better and seven rounds in the 60s.

The Deer Park, Texas, native captured the third title of his collegiate career after winning on the first hole of a playoff against USF’s Cristian DiMarco at the American Athletic Conference Championships on April 25.

Earlier this month, he was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

A year ago, Perras captured the NCAA Franklin Regional individual championship with a score of 16-under 200 after shooting three straight rounds in the 60s. With his recent American Championships title, he became the first player in program history to enjoy NCAA Regional and conference championships titles during his career.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status, a student-athlete 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 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

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Perras will join sophomore Pryce Beshoory at the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship in California in mid-August. He posted scores of 70-69 to tie with Broc Haymon for the qualifier’s low score at 3-under 139 at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland, Texas.

This will be the second time Perras has competed at the U.S. Amateur Championship. He tied for 208th at the 2014 Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, only a few weeks before beginning his collegiate career with the Cougars.

This marks the fifth consecutive season that Houston Men’s Golf has been represented at the U.S. Amateur Championship. In 2016, four-year lettermen Blair Hamilton and Vincent Martino competed with Hamilton advancing to the Round of 32 in match play.

The 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship will be held Aug. 14-20 in California. More than 300 players will play 36 holes of stroke play (18 holes at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and 18 holes at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles) across Aug. 14-15.

With the completion of stroke play, the top 64 players will advance to match play, beginning Aug. 16 at Riviera Country Club.

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