By Matt Jenkins Staff writer
The Salem News
---- — Danvers’ Matt Michel, a senior co-captain for the Bentley University golf team, was named the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Guy Tedesco Award by the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association.
Michel received the award this weekend in Brewster following the completion of the storm-shortened NEIGA Championships.
The award is given annually to the outstanding New England college golfer who displays the qualities Guy Tedesco was noted for: unselfish leadership, outstanding talent, love of golf and willingness to promote positive aspects of golf to others.
“What can I say about Matt Michel which hasn’t already been said,” Bentley University coach Mickey Herron said in a school news release. “His total dedication to his academics and his golf game has been nothing short of phenomenal. He is a born leader who has captained both his high school team and the Bentley golf team.
“Matt always volunteers to help in any way we ask of him, whether it is SAAC, hosting recruits, counseling the younger players with class selection or just plain assisting the entire program.”.
Michel has been Bentley’s top golfer the last two seasons, with averages of 75.5 as a junior and 76.4 thus far this fall. He received the 2012 Northeast-10 Sport Excellence Award for Golf, as the conference’s premier scholar-athlete in the sport, and was selected for the Ping Division II All-East Region team following his junior year.
Michel, who has earned a lofty 3.86 grade point average as a double major (corporate finance and accounting, liberal studies), became the first golfer in Bentley history to earn Academic All-America honors this past June. That honor came when he was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America to the 2012 Capital One NCAA Division II men’s at-large third team. He was one of only eight Division II golfers nationwide to gain Academic All-America recognition.