University of Central Arkansas golfers Lewis George and Rodrigo Rivas were named to the All-Southland Conference men's golf teams on Thursday, with George being the SLC Player of the Year.

Along with the Player of the Year designation, George, a junior from Cheshire, England, was a first-team All-SLC selection, while Rivas, a senior from Santiago, Chile, was second-team selection.

George was the medalist at the recent SLC Championship, shooting 71-72-73_216 to lead the Bears to a fourth-place finish overall.

He will compete in the NCAA College Station Regionals on May 14 through 16. George led the Bears in scoring average this season at 72.4 strokes (32 rounds), with a low round of 65 and low tournament of 204.

He was a two-time medalist and had two other runner-up finishes and six Top 10 finishes.

George, who was UCA's first-ever SLC medalist, is the second straight Bear to earn SLC Player of the Year honors, following Louis Tomlinson in 2017.

Rivas finished tied for fifth place at the SLC Championships with rounds of 79-73-71_223. He finished second to George in season scoring average for UCA at 74.7 strokes per round over 29 rounds.

He had a low round of 70 and alow tournament of 223 twice.

Player of the Year: Lewis George, Central Arkansas

Freshman of the Year: Andy Lopez, Stephen F. Austin

Newcomer of the Year: Austen Christiansen, Sam Houston State

Coach of the Year: Brandt Kieschnick, Sam Houston State

FIRST TEAM

Lewis George - Jr. - Central Arkansas

Blake Elliott - Jr. - McNeese

William Holcomb - So. - Sam Houston State

Jake McCrory - Sr. - Sam Houston State

Noah Steele - So. - Sam Houston State

SECOND TEAM

Ian Berrigan - Sr. - McNeese

Angelo Leyvani - Jr. - Stephen F. Austin

Joris Etlin - Jr. - Southeastern Louisiana

Austen Christiansen - Jr. - Sam Houston State

Rodrigo Rivas - Sr. - Central Arkansas

THIRD TEAM

Andy Lopez - Fr. - Stephen F. Austin

Carlos Trevino - Sr. - Houston Baptist

Alex Clouse - Fr. - Abilene Christian

Garret Glanton - Jr. - Abilene Christian

Albert Badosa-Soler - Sr. - Nicholls

54 student-athletes to receive degrees Saturday

There will be 54 University of Central Arkansas student-athletes possessing their undergraduate and/or graduate degrees after Saturday's commencement ceremonies at the Farris Center on the UCA Campus.

UCA is expected to confer degrees to 54 of our 400-plus student athletes at one of the three graduation ceremonies on Saturday, including the College of Business (9:30 a.m.), College of Fine Arts and Communications/College of Liberal Arts/College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (1:00 p.m.) and College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (4:30 p.m.).