Tuesday, May 28, 2008
James Recipient of Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf
NORMAN, Okla. ? Nathaniel James of Washington & Lee has been named winner of the 2008 Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf, in cooperation with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and Friends of Golf announced the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Nelson recipient must be a graduating senior and the selection committee considers equally a nominee?s entire collegiate academic and golf career and his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration will be given to a nominee?s good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career.
James was a four-year letterwinner and served as team captain the past two seasons. He was a four-time All-ODAC selection, was named the conference?s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year his junior and senior seasons and Golfer of the year as a sophomore and senior. This spring James led the Generals to their first conference title since 1999 and claimed individual medalist honors. A three-time All-America selection, James earned first-team honors each of the last two seasons and was a third-teamer as a sophomore. He is also a two-time Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Recipient.
In addition to his success on the golf course and in the classroom, James has been inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa - a college honor society that recognizes meritorious leadership, service in extracurricular activities and encourages the development of general campus citizenship. He also is a student advisor for the Generals Christian Fellowship Organization at Washington & Lee. Over the past three summers James has worked for Leadership Expedition - a three-week leadership program for young men. Last summer he was lead counselor. James has been acc to the Washington & Lee Law School.
?This honor has affirmed my goal of finding a way to balance the important things in my life,? said James. ?I chose to attend Washington & Lee because it would allow me to pursue academics and golf and find a community to give to and serve. I?m honored and pleased to receive an award with Mr. Nelson?s name. I grew up in the Lone Oak area, so knowing how involved he was with the award makes it extra special.?