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Vollaro Earns Prestigious Elite 89™ Award for NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship

Vollaro Earns Prestigious Elite 89™ Award for NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship Springfield, Mass. - May 13, 2013 - Tim Vollaro, a senior at Springfield College, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship.

Vollaro, a Biology major, currently carries a 3.961 GPA and was presented with the award during the NCAA golf banquet on Monday evening in Destin, Florida.

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

This marks the second time that a Springfield College student-athlete has ever garnered the prestigious academic accolade. Tessa Smolinski earned the award in 2011 when she helped lead the women's volleyball program to the Elite 8 in St. Louis.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite89.

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