Rutgers golfer Christopher Gotterup recently earned Third Team All-American honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). A three-time Northeast All-Region selection, Gotterup completed his best season on the banks as a junior this past spring. His adjusted scoring average of 70.39 was the best of any golfer in the Big Ten and ranked 23rd nationally. He also finished the Arnold Palmer Cup rankings 10th in the nation. He was also named a Golf Week Honorable Mention All-American as well.
Gotterup won the Fighting Irish Classic last fall for Rutgers following a summer that saw him claim individual titles in the 99th New Jersey State Golf Association Open Championship and the the 117th Met Amateur Championship. His steady improvement throughout his collegiate career has been fun to watch.
“It’s hard to put into words what being named an All-American means,” Gotterup said. “From winning at Notre Dame to breaking school records, this year was truly something special and a season I will never forget. Looking back, I’ve come so far from being ranked in the 600’s to now an All-American. It’s just a testament to how much work I have put in with the help of my parents, coaches, trainers and everyone else around me. It’s just an unbelievable feeling.”
”I’m incredibly happy and proud of Chris to earn this recognition for the season he had,” said head coach Rob Shutte. “He is just getting started, though. He has improved every year since he arrived so if he can stay humble, hungry and keep drinking his juice, it’s going to be fun to watch him here going into next season.”
Gotterup was the leader on the links for a program that posted an all-time record 288.74 scoring average this past season. GolfStat ranked Rutgers 86th out of 294 Division I teams this season and Golfweek.com ranked them 79th nationally, including seventh in the Big Ten. That’s a first for the program since joining the Big Ten in 2014.