Washington and Lee senior golfer Nathaniel James (Keller, Texas/Keller) has been selected as a co-recipient of the Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Award, which is presented to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's top male scholar-athlete. James shares the honor with Bridgewater senior football player Jeff Highfill, while Lynchburg senior soccer player Lauren Askey was tabbed the winner of the Marjorie Berkley Award as the top female scholar-athlete.
Inaugurated in 1984 and 1981, respectively, the Marjorie Berkley and Harry G. “Doc” Jopson Scholar‑Athlete Awards are given each May to member college seniors and conference sport participants who exhibit the highest athletic, academic, and extracurricular achievements. James is W&L's ninth all-time recipient of the Jopson Award and the first since Paul McClure garnered the honor in 2005. The Generals have had five women receive the Marjorie Berkley Award, including Ginny Wortham following the 2006-07 school year.
James is a four-year letterwinner and a team captain for the Generals. He is a four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a two-time winner of the ODAC Golfer of the Year and ODAC Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards. The ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2005, James won the ODAC Individual Championship this spring in leading the Generals to their first conference title since 1999. He then finished in a tie for third out of 180 competitors at the 2008 NCAA Division III Golf Championship with a score of 73-74-72-73--292 (+8). He also helped the Generals to a 16th-place finish out of 35 in the team portion of the event.
A Third Team All-American as a sophomore and a First Team All-America choice each of the past two seasons, James ranked No. 1 in Division III this year with a 72.6 stroke average over 25 rounds played. He posted a 73.8 career scoring average and he never carded a score higher than 81 over his 94 career rounds.
A politics major with a GPA in excess of 3.5, James recently received the Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf. He 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 and, over the past three summers, James has worked for Leadership Expedition, a three‑week leadership program for young men.
James will continue his education at the Washington and Lee School of Law this fall.