Fall 2010 Issue

Sports Beat

Stapff Wins SSC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year

Barry sophomore golfer Daniel Stapff has been named 2009-10 Sunshine State Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

A native of Cuitiba, Brazil, Stapff carries a 3.913 GPA while majoring in finance. In the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship held in May in Noblesville, Indiana, he was presented with the NCAA Elite 88 award. In its inaugural year, the award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships.

Stapff was also recognized as Barry’s recipient of the Professor Emerita Neill Miller Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

On the golf course, Stapff posted a 73.60 stroke average. He was a second team All-Sunshine State Conference selection and a first team All-South Region honoree. He won medalist honors with a 4-under-par 209 at the Buccaneer Invitational May 5-6.

In addition to excelling on the links and in the classroom, Stapff also made an impact in the community. He volunteered for the Special Olympics and the Ryder-Benjamin Golf Tournament. He also assisted with setup for the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church Living Nativity and was a participant in Barry Pride Day.

Stapff is the third Barry student-athlete to be named SSC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Tennis players Patrick Rittenauer (2006-07) and Thomas Hipp (2004-05) also received the honor.