Hornberger and La Morte named GCAA All-America Scholars

Craig Hornberger (left) and Thomas La Morte
(Dave Wegiel photos)
Craig Hornberger (left) and Thomas La Morte (Dave Wegiel photos)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Craig Hornberger and Thomas La Morte of Campbell University have been recognized among the 260 Division I players nationally to be named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America. 

To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon 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 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.

Hornberger's repeat selection and the first honor for La Morte mark the seventh and eighth times a Campbell men's golfer has earned All-America Scholar status since 2010.  Mitch Gray (2011, 2012) and Matt Moot (2011, 2012) were two-time All-America Scholars, while Mikko Lehtovuori gained the honor in 2015.

A resident of Lancaster, Pa., Hornberger graduated in May with a 3.218 grade-point average as a trust management major.  He is a three-time member of the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll and was named to the 2016 Big South all-conference and all-academic teams.

Hornberger concluded his collegiate career by helping the Camels make back-to-back NCAA regional appearances in 2016 and 2017.  His 73.59 stroke average is eighth lowest in a career in school history.  Hornberger achieved 14 career top-10 finishes, including a victory at the 2015 Old Dominion OBX Collegiate.  He played in 43 career events (tied for third all-time in school records).

During his junior season, Hornberger posted the fifth-lowest stroke average (71.97) in school history and had six top-10 showings.  Campbell finished as runner-up in the Big South Conference in 2016 before winning the league title last May.

A rising senior from Demarest, N.J., La Morte owns a 3.305 GPA while majoring in business administration.  He has earned Big South Presidential Honor Roll status twice in his career.

La Morte was runner-up in the Big South Championship last May at The Patriot Golf Club, where he finished at 8-under-par 208 (67-69-72) and was named to the Big South all-championship team.  He helped the team win its first conference title since 2009 in Big South record-breaking 26-under-par (838) performance.

He finished the year with a 73.19 stroke average (10th among Big South golfers) and five top-10 finishes. La Morte was in the lineup for all three team victories in '16-17, including the Old Dominion OBX Collegiate, Border Olympics and Big South Championship.  La Morte's 73.74 career stroke average ranks ninth all-time among Campbell golfers.

After playing in the NCAA West Lafayette Regional in May, La Morte has gone on to win the 2017 New York City Amateur title and finish third in the New Jersey Amateur.  He has also qualified for the 2017 US Amateur Championship, which will be played next month at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Six Camels posted at least a 3.0 grade-point average for the 2016-17 academic year to earn a spot on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll. La Morte was joined on the list by Josh Goheen, Ray Kraivixien, Carl Kreibich, Jeremy Nevius and Jesper Svensson.

"I am so proud of these student-athletes," said Campbell head coach John Crooks.  "They are driven to be the best they can be.  Their commitment to their academics and their sport shows the world what great ambassadors they are for Campbell University."