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  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the fourth and final poll of the 2018-19 fall season, as the previous poll was released on Oct. 22.

    The University of Southern California received all but two first-place votes to claim the No. 1 spot after ranking No. 3 in the previous WGCA Coaches Poll, while the University of Texas jumped up six spots to No. 2. Duke University received one first-place vote to move up to No. 3, while the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University entered the top-five at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

    In Division II, University of Indianapolis remains at No. 1 with 12 first-place votes, while Dallas Baptist University received two first-place votes to hold steady at No. 2. Nova Southeastern University and Barry University remain at No. 3 and No, 4, respectively, while Rollins College jumped up five spots to No. 5.

    Carleton College continues to lead Division III after securing 12 first-place votes, while George Fox University holds steady at No. 2 after receiving one first place vote. Grinnell College remains at No. 3, while DePauw University moved up on spot to No. 4. Rhodes College dropped one spot to No. 5 but received one first-place vote.
  • Amanda Blumenherst Announced as Emcee at the WGCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony

    Former Duke University women’s golf standout Amanda Blumenherst will serve as the emcee at the WGCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony, set for Sunday evening, Dec. 2, at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Blumenherst ended her career at Duke as one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history. She tops the program record books with 78 rounds of even or under par, 37 top-10 finishes, 41 top-20 finishes and is tied for first with 12 victories. A four-time All-American, including three First-Team selections, she led Duke to three ACC Championships and two NCAA titles.

    Blumenherst remains both the only three-time Division I PING WGCA Player of the Year (2006, 2007. 2008) and the only three-time Golfstat Cup winner (2006, 2007, 2008). She was also a two-time recipient of the Dinah Shore Trophy Award (2008, 2009), which recognizes female golfers who excel in both academics and athletics, as well as demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service. Blumenherst was inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame in 2014.

    After winning the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, Blumenherst went on to have a successful professional playing career and is now an analyst on the Golf Channel.
  • Golfstat Founder Mark Laesch Named Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient

    Mark Laesch, founder of Golfstat, has been named the 2019 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor.  Laesch will be honored posthumously on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018 at the WGCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Laesch founded Golfstat in 1984, and it quickly revolutionized college golf. Its statistical database aggregated results from every tournament at every level of college golf, and the resulting team and player statistics and rankings became the gold-standard in the sport. In addition, Golfstat changed the way teams and college golf fans followed the sport when it began its live scoring service, allowing people from all around the country to follow tournaments in real time.

    In March of 2017, Laesch passed away after a lengthy battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The following May, the WGCA and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced the inception of the Mark Laesch Award, presented to the team that showed the greatest improvement from the previous season in adjusted stroke average, in his honor.
  • Heather Bowie, Jenny Lidback, and Marilynn Smith to be Inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame

    Heather Bowie of Arizona State University and the University of Texas, Jenny Lidback of Texas Christian University and Louisiana State University, and Marilynn Smith of the University of Kansas will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Bowie, Lidback and Smith become the 73rd, 74th and 75th members of the WGCA Players Hall of Fame.

    In two years at Arizona State University, Bowie helped lead the Sun Devils to two NCAA team championships in 1994 and 1995. She was a two-time First Team All-American and currently holds the record for second-most wins by a player in a single season at Arizona State (four).  Bowie then transferred to the University of Texas, where she capped off her career by winning three tournament titles in 1997, including both the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Championship. She was named a First Team All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year, and the winner of the Honda Broderick Award as the College Female Golfer of the Year.

    After spending two and a half years at Texas Christian University, where Lidback earned First-Team All-American honors and was a member of the 1983 NCAA National Championship team, she transferred to Louisiana State University and had one of the greatest single seasons in women's college golf. In that one year, she won a record seven individual titles and led the Tigers to a program best five team championships. Following her senior season, she was named NCAA Player of the Year. Lidback has gone on to have a successful professional career, including winning the du Maurier Classic in 1995, which from 1979 through 2000 was one of the LPGA Tour's four major championships before being replace by the Women's British Open.

    Smith’s two-year career at the University of Kansas was highlighted by a 1949 NCAA Championship Individual title, and shortly after she accepted an offer from Spalding to turn pro. She was one of the original 13 founders of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in 1950 and won 22 times on the LPGA tour, including the 1963 Titleholders, one of the major women's events at the time. Smith was the first ever female television commentator for a men's professional golf tournament in 1973, and in 1979 she received the inaugural Patty Berg Award for distinguished service to women's golf. She was inducted into the Women's Sports Foundation International Hall of Fame in 1991 and the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006 via the Lifetime Achievement category.

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
  • Sterner to Present at WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    Thomas M. Sterner, the founder and CEO of The Practicing Mind Institute, will speak at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions December 2-5 in Las Vegas.

    As a successful entrepreneur, Sterner is considered an expert in Present Moment Functioning or PMF tm. He is a popular and in demand speaker who works with high performance individuals including, athletes, coaches, industry groups, and individuals of all ages freeing them to operate effectively within high stress situations so that they can break through to new levels of mastery.

     

    As an expert Present Moment Functioning Coach, Thomas has brought clarity to thousands regarding how they can achieve their goals with less effort, in the least amount of time while enjoying the process. Top media outlets such as NPR, Fox News and Forbes have sought his advice.  He is the author of the best seller The Practicing Mind; Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life (New World Library 2012) and Fully Engaged; Using The Practicing Mind In Daily Life (New World Library 2016).

    Prior to founding The Practicing Mind Institute he served as the Chief Concert Piano technician for a major performing arts center preparing instruments for the most demanding performances. During his 25 year tenure as a high level technician he personally worked for industry giants such as Van Cliburn, Pavarotti, Andre Watts, Ray Charles, Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, and many more. This provided him with a unique opportunity to converse one on one with some of the most disciplined minds on how they approached the process of “practicing”.

    Aware of his undisciplined personality as a youth, Sterner set out on a quest in his late teens determined to understand the nature of a disciplined mind, the elements of productive practice regardless of the application, and how to transform his own weaknesses into personal strengths. Decades of research in eastern thought, sports psychology, and neuroscience, combined with hundreds of hours of individual coaching, have given him an inspiring and transformative story to tell, one filled with simplicity, practicality, and humor. In his down time he is an accomplished musician, private pilot, avid golfer, sailor, and target archer.
  • Julie Garner of Rollins College to be Inducted into the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame

    Julie Garner, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Rollins College, will be inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Garner becomes the 51st member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame.   

    In her 23 seasons as head coach, Garner has led Rollins women’s golf team to a record six NCAA Division II National Championships, along with five runner-up finishes. The Tars have finished in the top-four at the NCAA Division II Championships in 13 of her last 17 seasons. She is a four-time Division II Golf Pride WGCA Coach of the Year (2003, 2006, 2015, 2016) and five-time Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2015).

    Garner’s student-athletes have garnered six PING WGCA Player of the Year Awards (Charlotte Campbell in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and Annie Dulman in 2014, 2015) and three Sunshine State Conference Golfer of the Year honors (Jennifer Beames in 2003 and Charlotte Campbell in 2004, 2006).

    In 2018, Rollins placed second at the NCAA Super Regional to earn its record 16th bid to the NCAA Championships, where the Tars went on to finish in eighth place.
  • 18Birdies to Sponsor Women's Golf Coaches Association

    Mobile golf technology startup, 18Birdies, has announced it will be sponsoring the Women’s Golf Coach Association (WGCA), which will include naming rights for the annual All-American Scholar Awards. This follows the 18Birdies’ sponsorship of the Golf Coaches Association of America, which was announced earlier this year.

    “Supporting the growth of women’s golf has always been a priority for 18Birdies, so it made sense for us to show support for the WGCA,” said 18Birdies CEO, Eddy Lui. “At the same time, this will give us a great opportunity to learn about the technology needs of its member coaches.”

    Every year, the WGCA recognizes both outstanding academic and athletic achievements in women’s college golf and has what is considered to be one of the highest standards for selection in all of college athletics. For a player to receive the prestigious honor, they must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Last year a total of 1,021 women’s collegiate golfers were given the award.

    “The WGCA is excited for this opportunity and we’d like to thank 18Birdies for their support of women’s collegiate golf,” said WGCA President Todd Oehrlein. “We have a shared goal to grow women’s collegiate golf, as well as women’s golf in general, and hope it’s something we can build upon as we begin this long-lasting relationship.”

    The sponsorship of the WGCA adds to 18Birdies’ commitment to supporting the growth of women’s golf. Earlier this year, 18Birdies launched a partnership with the LPGA and introduced features in the app that catered to beginner women’s golfers. The partnership with the LPGA included releasing the findings of an 18Birdies ethnographic study, “It’s His Game, Not Her Game”, that examined barriers and motivations around women’s golf participation and offered recommendations for getting more women playing golf. Within the app, 18Birdies launched a player matching feature that lets women discover and connect with other women golfers and a women’s-focused knowledge center containing beginner level instructional content/tips and the latest women’s golf news.

     About 18Birdies
    18Birdies is the premier mobile and social golf platform powering the next generation of golf technology and reimagining the golf experience. 18Birdies aims to inspire golfers of all ages and skill levels by managing their games, challenging and motivating them through competition, and sharing their experiences with other golfers. 18Birdies provides a simple and intuitive experience that harnesses the power of technology, gaming and social to make golf more innovative, fun and engaging. The 18Birdies mobile golf platform enhances the experience between golfers and the courses they play, growing the golf community. For more information, please visit www.18Birdies.com.

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
  • Claude Harmon Featured Instructor at WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    Claude Harmon, one of the game’s top teachers, will be featured instructor at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions December 2-5 in Las Vegas. He was ranked 12th on Golf Digest’s 2017-18 Best Teachers in America List and is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor.

    Beginning his eighth season as Director of Instruction at the Butch Harmon Floridian, Claude Harmon is in the vanguard of the new generation of golf teachers. He is steeped in tradition of both his grandfather, Claude Harmon, and father, Claude “Butch” Harmon Jr., who have been the dominant teachers of their generation. The Harmon family pedigree has been the perfect foundation for Claude to build his knowledge of golf instruction and apply “new school” teaching concepts in an “old school” fashion. Claude’s teaching philosophy and methods have delivered lower scores and better, more repeatable swings for seasoned tour players and amateurs of all abilities.

    Harmon’s current students include major champions and world No. 1s Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, as well as Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. Past students include Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Darren Clarke, Trevor Immelman, and Yani Tseng. He is a regular contributor to Sky Sports Golf and the Golf Channel.

     
  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the third poll of the 2018-19 season, as the previous poll was released on Oct. 1.

    University of Alabama remains atop Division I, securing 13 first-place votes, while UCLA received five first-place votes to hold steady at No. 2. University of Southern California moved up one spot to No. 3, while Duke University reenters the top-five to claim the No. 4 slot. University of Virginia continues to shoot up the rankings, landing the No. 5 spot.

    In Division II, University of Indianapolis remains at No. 1 with 13 first-place votes, while Dallas Baptist University received one first-place vote to hold steady at No. 2. Nova Southeastern University and Barry University remain at No. 3 and No, 4, respectively, while Arkansas Tech University jumped up five spots to No. 5.

    Carleton College leads Division I after shooting up nine spots, receiving 11 first-place votes, while George Fox University moves up to No. 2. Grinnell College jumped up five spots to claim the No. 3 slot, while Rhodes College moved up two spots to No. 4 after receiving one first-place vote. DePauw University held steady, rounding out the top-five.
  • Dawn Woodard to Speak at WGCA Member Convention

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Dawn Woodard will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA Member Convention on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Woodard founded and owns Judgment Matters, a performance enhancement consulting company. She works with athletes in multiple sports and across all levels, as well as members of their development team, including trainers, coaches, instructors, and sports psychologists. Her focus is on taking what is natural for the athlete and helping that person learn how to use that to his or her advantage.

    A former multi-sport athlete, Woodard played golf at Furman University from 1992-96 and still competes nationally at an elite level. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science and is also a certified Judgment Index Consultant. The experience gained from competing at very high levels combined with her educational background and certifications allows her to connect, relate to, and understand her clients.
  • Brian Kight Announced as Speaker at WGCA Member Convention

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Brian Kight will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA Member Convention on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    As the CEO of Focus 3, Kight has worked with professional and collegiate sports teams, schools, banks, manufacturing, healthcare, accounting, insurance and many others, making him a multi-industry leader on the topics of leadership, culture, and behavior. Focus 3 has been featured in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and the Wall Street Journal, and Kight’s impact has made him one of the top-rated keynote speakers and consultants in the United States.

    Kight and Focus 3 gained national attention in 2014, when client Ohio State University won the inaugural college football playoffs led by their third-string quarterback.
  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the second poll of the 2018-19 season, as the Preseason rankings were announced on Sept. 4.

     

    University of Alabama took over the No. 1 spot in Division I, receiving 12 first-place votes, while UCLA dropped to No. 2 with eight first-place votes. After ranking No. 25 in the preseason, Vanderbilt University shot to the No. 3 spot, receiving a first-place vote in the process, while the University of Southern California moved up two spots to No. 4. University of Florida received one first-place vote, jumping to the No. 5 spot after opening the season at No. 12.

     

    In Division II, University of Indianapolis remains as a unanimous No. 1, while Dallas Baptist University moved up one slot to No. 2. Nova Southeastern falls one spot to No. 3, while Barry University and Florida Southern College held steady at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively.

     

    Carleton College and Washington University in St. Louis shot up the Division III rankings after opening the season at No. 9 and No. 8, respectively, tying for the No. 1 spot with a combined eight first-place votes. George Fox University held steady at No. 3 with two first-place votes, while Williams College received one first-place vote to drop to No. 4 after opening the season tied at No. 1.  The No. 5 slot belongs to DePauw University, who jumped up six spots.
  • Jerry Kill to Address WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    Southern Illinois Special Assistant to the Chancellor and acting Athletic Director Jerry Kill will address the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions December 2-5 in Las Vegas. A former college football coach, Kill is well known for his ability to turn around programs and his epilepsy advocacy.

    A three-time national coach of the year, Kill currently serves as Southern Illinois’ athletic director and as a university ambassador. He was previously the Saluki’s head football coach from 2001 to 2007, leading the Salukis to five-straight appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision and winning three-straight Gateway Football Conference Championships. Kill was awarded the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award (2004) as well as the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2007). Southern Illinois had endured nine-straight losing seasons when Kill arrived in 2001, attendance was at an all-time low, and decrepit McAndrew Stadium was beyond repair. The Salukis went 1-10 during Kill’s first year, but two years later were sitting atop the Gateway Conference with a 10-2 record and the school’s first playoff appearance in 20 years. Kill ushered in what is now known as the Golden Era of Saluki Football from 2003-09, in which Southern went 70-19 overall and 42-8 in the conference. SIU spent 99-consecutive weeks in the Top 25, including 18 weeks during 2004 and 2005.

    Prior to being named head coach at Southern Illinois, Kill rose through the ranks at Pittsburg State, Saginaw Valley State, and Emporia State. His success at Southern Illinois, led him to Northern Illinois, where the Huskies won 23 games in three seasons and on to Minnesota in 2011. Kill guided the Gophers to three bowl games, including the 2014 Citrus Bowl, Minnesota’s first New Year’s day bowl game since 1962. He was voted the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the conference’s coaches and the media who cover the Big Ten.

    Kill stepped away from coaching for a short time in 2016 when he took on the role of serving as the associate athletic director for administration at Kansas State. In 2017, Kill returned to the sidelines as Rutgers offensive coordinator.

     

    Kill has over 30 years of coaching experience and has done a masterful job of rebuilding programs into winners. He has a lifetime record of 156-102, was a four-time regional coach of the year, and recorded winning seasons in 15 of his 22 years as a college head coach. Kill was also instrumental in getting facilities built at each of the programs where he served, including SIU’s Saluki Stadium, which opened in 2010, three years after he left.

    Kill has dealt with epilepsy for much of his adult life, serving as an advocate for others with the condition and earning widespread respect and national attention. He chronicled his experiences as a coach in a 2016 book, “Chasing Dreams: Living My Life One Yard at a Time.”

    In addition to his many coaching awards, Kill has a long list of civic honors, stemming from his public advocacy for worthy causes, such as the Coach Kill Cancer Fund that he started in Southern Illinois while coaching at SIU, and the Epilepsy Chasing Dreams Fund he began while at Minnesota. He has been the recipient of the National Football Foundation Courage Award (2009), Grant Taft FCA Coach of the Year Award (2010), Cal Stoll Courage Award (2014), Bob McNamara Memorial Legends Award (2015) and the FCA Power of Influence Award (2016). He continues to help raise money for research for the National Foundation of Epilepsy and was the inaugural recipient of the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota’s Coach Kill Award in 2016
  • Kraig Kann Announced as Speaker at WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Kraig Kann will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions on Monday morning, Dec. 3, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    “I’m honored to have the chance to share with the women’s and men’s golf coaches at the annual conference,” said Kann. “This will be a highlight of my year as these are the folks that help deliver the next level of great champions in our sport.  My passion for college athletics – combined with golf – will surely come out and my goal is an inspirational message with plenty of tools and takeaways that elevate them on a personal and professional level.” 

    Kann founded Kann Advisory Group in 2016 and serves as Managing Director of the organization that provides strategic communications, marketing, branding and media consulting to leaders of all organizations. He spent 25 years in television, including 17 at the Golf Channel/NBC where he was an original on-air member and ultimately the lead studio host, and was the Chief Communications Officer for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) from 2011-16. Additionally, Kann was a member of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Communication Committee and hosted press conferences on site.

    Kann’s experience as a network television personality, sports executive and business entrepreneur has earned recognition from Sports Business Journal, PR News, Sports PR Summit, and Forbes. In addition, he is a weekly host on SiriusXM PGATOUR Radio.
  • WGCA Coaches Poll Preseason Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the WGCA Coaches Poll preseason rankings.

    In Division I, UCLA received nine first place votes to open the season at No. 1, while NCAA runner-up University of Alabama received 12 first-place votes to finish one point behind at No. 2. Rounding out the top five are the University of Arkansas, who received one first-place vote, followed by Stanford University and Duke University, who advanced to match play at last year’s NCAA Championships.

    Opening at No. 1 in Division II is reigning NCAA Champion University of Indianapolis, who received 12 of a possible 15 first-place votes. Rounding out the top three are Nova Southeastern University and Dallas Baptist University, who placed fourth and third, respectively, at last year’s NCAA Championships. Last year’s fifth-place finisher Barry University sits at No. 4, while Florida Southern claims the No. 5 spot.

    In Division III, defending NCAA Champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps shares the No. 1 spot with Williams College, with the two teams earning eight and five first-place votes, respectively. Last year’s third place finisher George Fox University received one first-place vote to open the season at No. 3, while New York University and Whitman College sit at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. 

    Full rankings can be found via the link below:
  • Mark Laesch Award Recipients Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the recipients for the second annual Mark Laesch Awards. Teams were recognized based on improvement in adjusted stroke average per individual per round from the 2016-17 to 2017-18 seasons (denoted in parenthesis below).

    Recipients included Delaware State University (21.51) in Division I, Division II’s Malone University (14.52), and St. John Fisher College (41.53) from Division III.
  • Leona Maguire Named Recipient of the 2018 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award

    Duke University senior Leona Maguire has been named recipient of the 2018 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award.

     

    The award is presented annually for Women's Division I Golf and goes to the student-athlete who is an upper classman and both a WGCA All-American Scholar and a WGCA All-American.  If more than one student-athlete qualifies, the student-athlete with the highest GPA receives the award.  A donation of $5,000 is given from the Curtis & Edith Cummings Munson Foundation to the general scholarship fund of the recipient's institution.

     

    Previous winners of this award include Stephanie Meadow (2013 and 2014), Brooke Pancake (2011 and 2012), Azahara Munoz (2008 and 2009) and Amanda Blumenherst (2006).

     

    Maguire was named a WGCA First Team All-American after posting the second-lowest stroke average in Duke’s history (70.62) and collecting a school-record 25 rounds of even or under par rounds, which ranks second in the NCAA record books. She posted nine top-10 finishes, including winning the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) individual title and finishing runner-up at the NCAA Madison Regional.

     

    Maguire also won the award in 2017 and is one of only four student-athletes to receive the award multiple times. Last year, she became just the second student-athlete to be named the PING WGCA Player of the Year and recipient of the Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award in the same year.

    A four-time WGCA All-American Scholar, Maguire has a 3.943 cumulative GPA as a psychology major.
  • University of Nebraska Omaha Captures 2017-18 WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award

    The University of Nebraska Omaha women’s golf team has been named the recipient of the 2017-18 WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award. The award recognizes the women’s collegiate golf program with the highest collective average team GPA which includes all of the team’s student-athletes for the 2017-18 season. Omaha’s 6 team members had an average GPA of 3.949.

    Leading Division II was Lindenwood University, as the team’s 8 members averaged a 3.886 GPA, while Ithaca College led Division III with a 3.801 average GPA.

    The WGCA also announced the top 25 teams with the highest team GPA for each division. The full lists can be found below:
  • USA Retains Arnold Palmer Cup at Evian Resort Golf Club

    The United States claimed 18 of 24 points in the final round singles matches to pull away for a 38.5-21.5 victory at the Arnold Palmer Cup at Evian Resort Golf Club. This year’s edition of Team USA is the first side to win as the visiting team since the 2010 Americans. Neither side had retained the cup since the US in 2011. The United States now leads the all-time series 12-9-1.

    Northern Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey won the day’s first point, but the Americans responded by winning the next three. Chandler Phillips and Italy’s Lorenzo Scalise halved the following match before Team USA ran off three more victories. The sides would record another halved match before the Internationals clamed victories by Andy Zhang and Luis Gagne. 

    Team USA’s Emilia Migliaccio, who was the only player in this year’s matches to tally a 4-0 record, led another American that included five-straight wins. Alana Uriell put the exclamation point on the run with a 2&1 victory that clinched the cup for the United States.      

    Olivia Mehaffey of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Collin Morikawa of La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., were named recipients of the Michael Carter Award, which is presented to the Arnold Palmer Cup participant that best represents the qualities and ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and upholding of the game.

    Justin Suh of San Jose, Calif., was selected by both teams to receive the Arnold Palmer Cup exemption into the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard while Dylan Kim of Plano, Texas, was presented a wild card to The Evian Championship this September. Players selected the individual from both teams that they think best represents the “Arnold Palmer Legacy,” that is, the values that Arnold Palmer exhibited through his life in golf. 

    Arnold Palmer Cup
    Evian Resort Golf Club
    July 8
    United States 22.5 Defeats International 16.5

    Final Round Singles Results 
    Match 37: 
    Sophia Schubert, United States def. Maria Fassi, International, 2&1

    Match 38: 
    Brad Dalke, United States def. Viktor Hovland, International, 2-up

    Match 39: 
    Chandler Phillips, United States halved with Lorenzo Scalise, International

    Match 40: 
    Olivia Mehaffey, International def. Jamie Freedman, United States, 5&4

    Match 41: 
    Kaitlyn Papp, United States halved with Patty Tavatanakit, International 

    Match 42: 
    Andy Zhang, International def. Sahith Theegala, United States, 3&1

    Match 43: 
    Collin Morikawa, United States def. Stefano Mazzoli, International, 6&5

    Match 44: 
    Andrea Lee, United States def. Jiwon Jeon, International, 7&5

    Match 45: 
    Lilia Vu, United States def. Maddie Szeryk, International, 3&1

    Match 46: 
    Luis Gagne, International def. Stephen Franken, United States, 4&2

    Match 47: 
    Justin Suh, United States def. K.K. Limbhasut, International, 4&3

    Match 48: 
    Jennifer Kupcho, United States def. Dewi Weber, International, Forfeit due to Illness

    Match 49: 
    Alana Uriell, United States def. Pimnipa Panthong, International, 2&1

    Match 50: 
    Zach Bauchou, United States def. Alvaro Ortiz, International, 1-up

    Match 51: 
    Braden Thornberry, United States def. Fredrik Nilehn, International, 3&2

    Match 52:
    Emilia Migliaccio, United States def. Chloe Ryan, International, 2&1

    Match 53: 
    Kristen Gillman, United States def. Wenyung Keh, International, 4&3

    Match 54: 
    SM Lee, United States def. Harry Hall, International, 2&1

    Match 55: 

    Shintaro Ban, United States def. Ronan Mullarney, International, 2&1

    Match 56: 
    Albane Valenzuela, International def. Lauren Stephenson, United States, 1-up

    Match 57: 
    Mariel Galdiano, United States def. Jaravee Boonchant, International, 1-up

    Match 58: 
    Jovan Rebula, International def. Davis Riley, United States, 3&2

    Match 59: 
    Matthew Wolff, United States def. Hurly Long, International, 3&2

    Match 60: 
    Dylan Kim, United States def. Ainhoa Olarra, International, 1-up
  • WGCA All-American Scholars Announced for 2017-18

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars were announced today with a total of 1,011 women’s collegiate golfers recognized with this prestigious honor.  The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50. The 2017-2018 WGCA All-American Scholar Team can be found below:
  • The Evian Championship to Award Wild Card to Arnold Palmer Cup Participant

    Beginning in 2018 The Evian Championship will grant a wild card to a women’s member of the Arnold Palmer Cup. This will mirror the exemption currently granted to a men’s golfer by the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. This summer’s Arnold Palmer Cup, the first to be held under the expanded format to include men’s and women’s USA collegiate golfers against their counterparts from around the world, will be staged July 6-8 at Evian Resort Golf Club. This year’s Evian Championship will be held September 13-16 before moving to a late July date beginning in 2019.

    “This is an exciting opportunity for female collegiate golfers,” said Amy Palmer Saunders, president of Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. “The goal of the Arnold Palmer Cup has always been to create opportunities for collegiate golfers and having both our male and female golfers receive an exemption into a top-flight professional tournament accomplishes that goal. This year we are delighted to welcome Rolex as our Presenting Partner and are looking forward to the continuation of the long relationship that my father enjoyed with this company for over 50 years.”

    The first and only golf Major in Continental Europe, The Evian Championship is the fifth Major in women’s golf alongside the ANA Inspiration, KPMG Women's PGA Championship, US Women's Open and Ricoh British Open. The 120 leading women players of the past 25 years have already played the course at the Evian Resort Golf Club, which was totally redesigned in 2013, making its own history and placing itself at the very highest level of world golf. In this magical setting between lake and mountains, The Evian Championship has succeeded in creating a Major unlike any other, offering the world's golfing elite prize money which continues to grow significantly, to reach $3,850,00 in 2018. This prominence enables the tournament board to develop a sporting policy resolutely focused on young players around the Major.

    Voted “Europe’s leading luxury golf resort 2015” at the World Luxury Hotel Awards, the Evian Resort is a golf destination not to be missed. Located in 148 acres of wooded parkland on the Shores of Lake Geneva, at the foot of the Alps, the Evian Resort Golf Club is a spectacular golf course with pace that asserts its strong French identity. The home to The Evian Championship, it and offers the legendary quality of a championship course set in stunning natural surroundings. It is one of the oldest courses in France.

    The course at the Evian Resort Golf Club was totally redesigned in 2013 by a team of international architects. The objective was to give a strong identity to these 18 holes positioned in the heart of an exceptional natural setting while respecting a set of values, relating to protection of the environment. The course is today a true Major course, challenging, with a very clear, spectacular overall vision.

    “We are delighted and honored to welcome an event as prestigious as the Arnold Palmer Cup this July, both for the tournament’s namesake, one of the greatest players in the sport's history, and for the chance it gives the top US and International college golfers,” said Franck Riboud, Chairman of The Evian Championship. “And we are so proud to have the opportunity to give a wild card for the next Evian Championship to one of the Arnold Palmer Cup 2018 players. This initiative resonates with the policy pursued by the tournament of giving the youngest players the opportunity to experience a Major. We are convinced this is part of their learning process and we are pleased to help them along this path.”

    Selection of the Arnold Palmer Cup representative in The Evian Championship will be determined by a vote of the Arnold Palmer Cup participants prior to the competition. The players will select a member of each team (excluding themselves) who they think best represents the “Arnold Palmer Legacy,” that is, the values that Arnold Palmer exhibited during his legendary career. The top vote getter from the winning team will earn the invitation. The Arnold Palmer Cup player selected must remain an amateur golfer to compete at Evian Resort Golf Club. The junior caddie for the designated Arnold Palmer Cup player also will be invited to serve as caddie at The Evian Championship.

    Previous recipients of the Arnold Palmer Cup exemption include Maverick McNealy (United States, Stanford), Matthias Schwab (Austria, Vanderbilt), and Collin Morikawa (United States, California).

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    About Arnold Palmer Cup
    The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla. in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players. The 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club will become the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.

    Since its inception, over 100 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 25 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and more than 50 have claimed over 200 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 11-9-1.

    The Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. The Arnold Palmer Cup provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf.  For more information, please visit ArnoldPalmerCup.com.

    About Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation
    It all began in the 1960’s when Arnold Palmer’s go-for-broke style of golf bolstered a legion of fans, coined by the press as Arnie’s Army. Palmer's charisma and unfailing sense of kindness and thoughtfulness endeared him to millions around the world. Over the past four decades, the Palmer family have contributed time and resources to support their passion for helping others and in so doing have made a profound impact on many lives. Founded in 2015, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation has been entrusted to continue Arnold Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy by positively impacting and empowering children and strengthening our communities by investing in health, wellness, and the environment. For more information, or to join Arnie's Army, please visit ArniesArmy.org or contact Chris Kolodinsky at 407-876-3944 or ckolodinsky@arniesarmy.org.

    About Rolex
    An unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise
    Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Through philanthropic programmes and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.
  • Mic Potter Named 2017-18 Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year

    Mic Potter, head coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, has been named the 2017-18 Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year for Division I women’s collegiate golf as announced this morning on the Golf Channel.

    Potter recently completed his 13th season with Alabama in 2017-18, leading the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Championships for the 13th consecutive year. The team tied for first in stroke play before going on to finish runner-up during match play, falling in a playoff in the championship match against the University of Arizona.

    The Crimson Tide placed either first or second in all but one tournament in 2017-18, including wins at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, Darius Rucker Invitational, and Schooner Fall Classic. The program boasted a nation-leading three WGCA First Team All-Americans, giving Alabama three first team All-Americans in one season for just the second time in school history. Individually, Lauren Stephenson was the recipient of the Golfstat Cup, awarded to the nation’s low scorer, after finishing the season with a school record scoring average of 69.76.
  • Lauren Dobashi Named Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Lauren Dobashi, Associate Head Women’s Golf Coach at Stanford University, has been named the 2017-18 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

    Dobashi joined the Stanford program as an assistant coach in the summer of 2013 before being promoted to associate head coach in the summer of 2017. During her tenure, the Cardinal women's golf team has tallied five consecutive NCAA Championship appearances and won three straight NCAA Regional titles. Stanford has also advanced to the match play portion of the NCAA Championships each year since the format’s inception in 2015.

    During the 2017-18 season, Dobashi led the team during head coach Anne Walker’s prolonged absence. The Cardinal finished third or better in each of its events throughout season, including a first-place finish at the NCAA San Francisco Regional, and went on to reach the semifinals at the NCAA Championship.
  • WGCA Announces 2017-18 Division I Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2017-18 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year.

    These awards are determined by vote from the Division I Awards Committee upon review of the 10 highest ranked coaches in each region and their respective records for the full year.

    The 2017-18 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year are as follows:

    East Region Coach of the Year:  Mic Potter, University of Alabama

    Central Region Coach of the Year:  Shauna Taylor, University of Arkansas

    West Region Coach of the Year:  Carrie Forsyth, UCLA

    The Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, June 6 on Morning Drive on the Golf Channel, set to air from 7-9 a.m. ET.
  • Todd Oehrlein Announced as WGCA President for 2017-19

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced its new Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2018. After serving as the organization’s vice president for the last two years, University of Wisconsin’s head women’s golf coach Todd Oehrlein will begin his term as president.

    “I’m honored and excited to be the next President of the WGCA,” said Oehrlein. “I look forward to representing an incredible organization and a great group of coaches, and to continue working with a terrific Board of Directors. I would like to thank Kristi Knight for her service and look to build upon her accomplishments as President of the WGCA.”

    “We’ve seen such a growth in the sport of women’s collegiate golf, and it’s a very exciting time,” continued Oehrlein. “The level of play is remarkable, and the talent is outstanding throughout the sport. I look forward to helping both the organization and the sport move forward and grow.”

    Oehrlein has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015 when he began as the Division I Director before going on to serve as Vice President for two years. He has also been on the DI Awards Committee for six years. Oehrlein has been the head women's golf coach at Wisconsin for 14 years and has molded the program into one of the most consistently successful teams in the Big Ten.

    In addition, East Carolina University’s head women’s golf coach Kevin Williams will serve as the vice president and is set to take over presidential duties in 2020. Williams most recently served as the organization’s Treasurer and has spent 15 seasons as the head coach at East Carolina.

    Kristi Knight moves to the Immediate Past President position after serving a two-year term as President. Knight served as the association’s Division I Director and Vice President prior to taking over presidential duties in June of 2016. She recently wrapped up her 23rd season as the head women’s golf coach at Kansas State University, making her the longest-tenured head women's golf coach in the Big 12.

    The full list of the 2018-19 Board of Directors includes:

    Todd Oehrlein, President
    University of Wisconsin

    Kevin Williams, Vice President
    East Carolina University

    Angie Ravaioli-Larkin, Associate VP 1
    Texas Christian University

    Emily Fletcher, Associate VP 2
    Northwestern University

    Diana Cantu, Secretary
    University of Maryland

    Ginger Brown-Lemm, Treasurer
    Mississippi State University

    Lisa Strom, Division I Director
    Texas State University

    Melissa Luellen, Division I Representative
    Auburn University

    Michael Bond, Division II Director
    University of Central Oklahoma

    Bryan Clarke, Division II Representative
    University of West Florida

    Mary Jo McCloskey, Division III Director
    George Fox University

    Michael Dugas, Division III Representative
    Husson University

    Erika Brennan, Communications Director
    University of South Florida

    Maddi Swaney, Assistant Coach Representative
    Kent State University

    Kristi Knight, Immediate Past President
    Kansas State University
  • WGCA Announces 2017-18 Division II Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2017-18 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division II Women’s Collegiate Golf. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

    PING WGCA Division II Player of the Year
    Tilda Larsson, Barry University

    WGCA Division II Freshman of the Year
    Emily Brennan, Midwestern State University

    Division II Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
    Brent Nicoson, University of Indianapolis

    Division II Golf Pride WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year
    Kacey Dalpes, University of Indianapolis

    Division II Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
    South Region Coach of the Year: Heather Wall, Nova Southeastern University
    Central Region Coach of the Year: Abby Weber, Lindenwood University
    East Region Coach of the Year: Brent Nicoson, University of Indianapolis
    West Region Coach of the Year: Kenny Trapp, Dallas Baptist University

    WGCA Division II All-American Teams
    First Team
    Evelyn Arguelles, Dallas Baptist University
    Seher Atwal, Rollins College
    Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis
    Jamie Freedman, Nova Southeastern University
    Amanda Jakobsson, Saint Leo University
    Katharina Keilich, University of Indianapolis
    Tilda Larsson, Barry University
    Sophie Madden, Nova Southeastern University
    Michelle Ruiz, Nova Southeastern University
    Paloma Vaccaro, University of West Florida

    Second Team
    Jenny Ayala, Lynn University
    Paxton DeHaven, University of Indianapolis
    Josefina Foa Torres, Barry University
    Amanda Gartrell, Florida Southern College
    Maria Regina Gonzalez, St. Mary’s University (Texas)
    Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University
    Addison Mitchell, Dallas Baptist University
    Ann Parmerter, Dallas Baptist University
    Kylie Raines, University of Indianapolis
    Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa
     
    Honorable Mention
    Emily Brennan, Midwestern State University
    Katie Chipman, Grand Valley State University
    Kelly Contreras, St. Mary’s University (Texas)
    Jelina Fernando, West Texas A&M University
    Annika Haynes, University of Indianapolis
    Jannelle Johnson, Nova Southeastern University
    Noemie Pare, Barry University
    Peerada Piddon, Arkansas Tech University
    Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M University
    Emma Thorngren, University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Jess Whitting, Rogers State University
    Casey Wild, Tarleton State University

    The All-Region teams are selected by the WGCA Division II Awards Committee prior to the Division II NCAA Championship, with the winner of each regional tournament receiving an automatic selection. 

    WGCA Division II All-Region Teams
    Central Region
    Gloria Choi, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
    Hannah Hankinson, Augustana University
    Emily Israelson, Augustana University
    Ebba Moberg, Northeastern State University
    Pia Nunbhakdi, Arkansas Tech University
    Peerada Piddon, Arkansas Tech University
    Sydney Roberts, University of Central Oklahoma
    Marla Souvannasing, University of Central Oklahoma
    Kali Trautman, Augustana University
    Elin Wahlin, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

    South Region
    Seher Atwal, Rollins College
    Jenny Ayala, Lynn University
    Jamie Freedman, Nova Southeastern University
    Amanda Gartrell, Florida Southern College
    Amanda Jakobsson, Saint Leo University
    Tilda Larsson, Barry University
    Sophie Madden, Nova Southeastern University
    Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa
    Michelle Ruiz, Nova Southeastern University
    Paloma Vaccaro, University of West Florida

    West Region
    Evelyn Arguelles, Dallas Baptist University
    Emily Brennan, Midwestern State University
    Jelina Fernando, West Texas A&M University
    Maria Regina Gonzalez, St. Mary’s University (Texas)
    Kate Goodwin, Oklahoma Christian University
    Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University
    Addison Mitchell, Dallas Baptist University
    Ann Parmerter, Dallas Baptist University
    Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M University
    Sabrina Virtusio, Sonoma State University
    Jess Whitting, Rogers State University
    Holly Winter, West Texas A&M University

    East Region
    Katie Chipman, Grand Valley State University
    Paxton DeHaven, University of Indianapolis
    Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis
    Annika Haynes, University of Indianapolis
    Stefaniya Ivanova, University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Katharina Keilich, University of Indianapolis
    Samantha Moss, Grand Valley State University
    Kylie Raines, University of Indianapolis
    Emma Thorngren, University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Makenzie Torres, University of Findlay
  • WGCA Second Team and Honorable Mention All-Americans Announced at NCAA Championship

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Second Team and Honorable Mention All-Americans were announced today at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, joining the First Team selections that were released on Tuesday, May 22. 

    WGCA Second Team All-Americans
    Ainhoa Olarra, Senior, University of South Carolina
    Alana Uriell, Senior, University of Arkansas
    Dylan Kim, Junior, University of Arkansas
    Emilia Migliaccio, Freshman, Wake Forest University
    Jaclyn Lee, Junior, Ohio State University
    Jennifer Chang, Freshman, University of Southern California
    Kaitlyn Papp, Freshman, University of Texas
    Mariel Galdiano, Sophomore, UCLA
    Olivia Mehaffey, Sophomore, Arizona State University
    Pimnipa Panthong, Sophomore, Kent State University
    Sarah Burnham, Senior, Michigan State University

    WGCA Honorable Mention All-Americans
    Albane Valenzuela, Sophomore, Stanford University
    Alice Hewson, Junior, Clemson University
    Allisen Corpuz, Sophomore, University of Southern California
    Allyson Geer, Sophomore, Michigan State University
    Ana Belac, Sophomore, Duke University
    Bianca Pagdanganan, Junior, University of Arizona
    Brittany Fan, Senior, University of Colorado
    Dewi Weber, Junior, University of Miami
    Haley Moore, Junior, University of Arizona
    Hannah Kim, Senior, Northwestern University
    Jaravee Boonchant, Freshman, Duke University
    Leonie Harm, Junior, University of Houston
    Morgane Metraux, Senior, Florida State University
    Natalie Srinivasan, Sophomore, Furman University
    Robyn Choi, Sophomore, University of Colorado
    Sierra Brooks, Sophomore, University of Florida
    Yu-Sang Hou, Freshman, University of Arizona

    These All-Americans join the following WGCA First Team All-Americans announced on Tuesday, May 22:

    WGCA First Team All-Americans
    Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
    Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
    Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
    Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
    Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
    Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
    Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
    Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
    Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
    Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
    Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
    Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
  • Lauren Stephenson Captures Golfstat Cup

    University of Alabama junior Lauren Stephenson has been recognized as the 2017-18 Golfstat Cup recipient. The award, presented by Golfstat, is given to the player who has the best scoring average versus par with at least 20 full rounds played during a season.

    Stephenson, a Lexington, S.C. native, broke the single-season school record to collect a 69.76 scoring average, which is also the lowest average in the history of the Golfstat Cup. She netted 24 rounds of even or under par and 18 in the 60s, tallying eight top-three finishes in her 2017-18 campaign.

    The junior had two tournament victories, winning the Mason Rudolph Championship and the Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic, and finished runner-up at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. Stephenson finished tied for seventh-place at the NCCA Championship, posting a 54-hole score of 287 (-1).
  • Patty Tavatanakit Named WGCA Freshman of the Year

    Patty Tavatanakit of UCLA has been named the WGCA Freshman of the Year. 

    The WGCA Freshman of the Year Award is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I, II and III women's golf. Freshman must have competed in a minimum of 15 competitive rounds to be considered. This criteria include:

     •             Adjusted scoring average for the year.
     •             Place finishes in regular season events, conference tournaments, the NCAA Regional (Division I & II) and the NCAA Championship.
     •             Head to head comparisons against the top 60 in the Golfstat Rankings.
     •             Comparison of Common Opponents.
     •             Strength of Schedule.

    Tavatanakit, a native of Bangkok, Thailand, posted a 70.79 stroke average, the third-lowest full-season scoring average in program history. She recorded six top-three finishes in her freshman campaign, including four wins to tie the school record for most victories in a single season. She won both the Pac-12 Championship and the NCAA San Francisco Regional before going on to tie for 19th at the NCAA Championships with a 54-hole score of 291 (+3).  

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
  • Lilia Vu Named PING WGCA Player of the Year

    UCLA’s Lilia Vu has been named the PING WGCA Player of the Year, the organization’s highest player honor for 2017-18.

    Recognized annually as the top honor in women's collegiate golf, the PING WGCA Player of the Year Award is awarded to the best player in Division I, II and III women's golf.  The award was first given in 1987 and the names of recipients reads as a who's who of the best of the ladies game including Amanda Blumenherst (3-time), Lorena Ochoa (2-time) and Annika Sorenstam.  The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the finest player for the past year. This criteria include:

     •             Head to head competition
     •             Comparison with common opponents
     •             Scoring average
     •             Place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins
     •             Strength of schedule

    A native of Fountain Valley, Calif., Vu posted a 70.37 scoring average, the lowest full-season scoring average in UCLA’s program history. She recorded seven top-five finishes, including four wins to tie the school record for most victories in a single season. The junior placed first at the Battle of the Beach, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Bruin Wave Invitational and Wildcat Invitational, and also finished runner-up at the Pac-12 Championships. Vu netted 20 under-par rounds and 13 in the 60's over the course of the season, both of which are school records. She tied for seventh place at the at the NCAA Championship with a 54-hole score of 287 (-1), helping UCLA earn the top seed for match play.

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
  • WGCA First Team All-Americans Announced at NCAA Championship

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) First Team All-Americans were announced today at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship being held at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

    WGCA First Team All-Americans
    Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
    Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
    Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
    Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
    Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
    Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
    Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
    Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
    Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
    Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
    Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
    Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA

    The criteria used to determine the WGCA All-American Teams include:

    ·         Head-to-head competition
    ·         Comparison with common opponents
    ·         Scoring average
    ·         Place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins
    ·         Strength of schedule

    The WGCA Second Team and Honorable Mention Teams will be announced later in the tournament.

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
  • Furman University’s Alice Chen Named Recipient of 2018 Dinah Shore Trophy

    Alice Chen of Furman University has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Dinah Shore Trophy, cementing her status as one of the top collegiate female players who has made an impact on the golf course through her leadership and also on society through charitable endeavor. (Watch Chen's interview with Golf Channel here).

     

    Administered by the LPGA Foundation, the Dinah Shore Trophy Award recognizes female collegiate golfers who excel in both academics (3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and athletics – playing in at least 50 percent of the team’s scheduled events – while maintaining a 78.00 or less scoring average. In addition, nominees must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service.

     

    A member of the All-Southern Conference Team for the past four years, Chen has captained Furman University's women’s golf team during 2018 and produced an impressive stroke average of 72.6 over her first 23 rounds. She won the 2018 Moon Golf Invitational in Melbourne, Florida and in partnership with Furman teammate Taylor Totland clinched the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-ball Championship in 2017.

     

    Chen was the Southern Conference Women's Golf Freshman of the Year in 2015, the Southern Conference Women's Golf Co-Player of the Year in 2016 and helped the Paladins finish the 2016-17 season with a nationwide ranking of seventh by Golfstat.

     

    Chen has not only been a major contributor to her golf team but is also heavily involved in community engagement. As a leadership member of the Furman Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she has been responsible for planning and preparing large group gatherings and has also worked as a summer camp counselor. She earned the 2018 C. Dan Joyner Outstanding Female Leader Award for being "an effective leader who has positively impacted their sports team as a role model, a resource, a motivator and an encourager."

     

    The Dinah Shore Trophy Award is a joint effort between The LPGA Foundation, Friends of Golf (FOG) organization and the ANA Inspiration - one of the LPGA's five major championships and the largest contributor to the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund. As part of the Dinah Shore Trophy Award, a $10,000 grant will be awarded to the Furman University women’s golf program.

     

    Former winners of this prestigious award include: Stanford University graduate Casey Danielson (2017), Columbia University’s Jackie Chulya (2016), East Carolina University alum Katie Kirk (2015), University of Arkansas’ Emily Tubert (2014), Michigan State University’s Caroline Powers (2013), North Dakota State alum and current LPGA Tour player Amy Anderson (2012), University of California graduate Pia Halbig (2011), University of Central Florida alum and Symetra Tour player Katie Detlefsen (2010), Duke University grad Amanda Blumenherst (2008, 2009), University of Arkansas alumna and 2012 Rolex LPGA Player of the Year Stacy Lewis (2007), and University of South Carolina's Erica Battle (2006).

     

    The LPGA Foundation announced the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund in March of 1994 in honor of the late Dinah Shore, a Vanderbilt University graduate and an honorary member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame. The Dinah Shore Trophy Award has contributed more than $184,000 to women's collegiate golf programs, including this year.

     

    About the contributing organizations:

    Friends of Golf (FOG) is a fundraising organization founded and administered by Eddie Merrins, golf professional emeritus at Bel-Air Country Club in Beverly Hills, Calif. FOG contributes annually to collegiate, high school and junior golf programs throughout the country, and Dinah Shore was considered the “First Lady” of FOG.

     

    A part of the LPGA Tour since 1972 when it was founded by entertainer Dinah Shore, the ANA Inspiration (initially the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle and more recently the Kraft Nabisco Championship) was designated as a major in 1983. Three-time champion Amy Alcott began a winner’s tradition of jumping into the lake at the 18th hole after her victory in 1991. The event was called the Colgate Dinah Shore from 1972-81 and the Nabisco Dinah Shore from 1982-99. Dinah Shore’s legacy and heritage is preserved with the “Dinah Shore Walk of Champions” at the 18th hole at Mission Hills Country Club. In addition, a statue of Dinah Shore, serving as the walk’s focal point, was created by noted sculptor George Montgomery, who was Shore’s former husband.

     

    The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

     

    The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

     

    Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.
  • WGCA Announces Division I Watch List for Player and Freshman of the Year

    The WGCA has announced its watch list for the 2017-18 PING WGCA Division I Player of the Year and 2017-18 Division I Freshman of the Year. Both awards will be announced after medal play at the upcoming NCAA Championship.

    The PING WGCA Player of the Year Award is awarded annually to the best player in Division I women’s golf.  The top 60 players from the Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings are considered.  Each player must complete a minimum of 15 rounds during the competitive year including NCAA Regional Championships.

    Player of the Year Watch List
    • Maria Fassi, JR, University of Arkansas. Leads Division I with a 69.43 scoring average. She placed in the top-10 at every tournament this season, including six first-place finishes. Won the NCAA Austin Regional title.
    • Lilia Vu, JR, UCLA. Averaging 69.64 and has seven top-five finishes, including four wins. She placed first at the Battle of the Beach, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Bruin Wave Invitational and Wildcat Invitational. She also tied for first at the Pac-12 Championships.
    • Patty Tavatanakit, FR, UCLA. Scoring average of 70.20 and has six top-three finishes, including four wins. She won both the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA San Francisco Regional.
    • Lauren Stephenson, JR, University of Alabama. Has a 69.60 scoring average and eight top-three finishes, including wins at the Mason Rudolph Championship and the Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic.
    • Andrea Lee, SO, Stanford University. Averaging 70.73 and has eight top-10 finishes. She placed first at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, Stanford Intercollegiate and Pac-12 Preview. Lee won the 2016-17 WGCA Freshman of the Year Award.
    • Leona Maguire, SR, Duke University. Scoring average of 70.41. She has nine top-10 finishes with three wins, including the ACC Championship title. Maguire is a two-time PING WGCA Player of the Year, winning the award in both 2016-17 and 2014-15.

     The WGCA Freshman of the Year Award is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I, II and III women's golf. Freshman must have competed in a minimum of 15 competitive rounds to be considered.

    Freshman of the Year Watch List
    • Patty Tavatanakit, FR, UCLA. Leads all Division I freshmen with a scoring average of 70.20. Her four tournament wins include victories at the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA San Francisco Regional.
    • Kaitlyn Papp, FR, University of Texas. Averaging 71.52. Her eight top-10 finishes include two victories and a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship.
    • Emilia Migliaccio, FR, Wake Forest University. Scoring average of 71.41 and has six top-10 finishes, including a win at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate.
  • Jacqueline Bendrick and Nancy McDaniel Receive WGCA Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award

    Furman University senior Jacqueline Bendrick and University of California Berkeley head coach Nancy McDaniel have received the 2018 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award.  The recognition was announced today on Golf Channel as part of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship coverage.

     

    This award is dedicated to Kim Moore, who played golf for the University of Indianapolis (1999-2003).  Kim was an inspiration to all as she persevered through many physical challenges while playing collegiate golf.  Her positive outlook and dedication toward the game was only out done by her sense of humor and passion for the game.

     

    The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor a student-athlete or coach who exemplifies a great spirit toward the game of golf, a positive attitude on and off the golf course, a role model for her team and mental toughness in facing challenges.

     

    As a walk-on in the fall of 2014, Jacqueline Bendrick immediately left her mark on the Furman University women’s golf team, as the then-freshman led her team with a final round score of 69 to help give the Paladins their first tournament victory of the season. Unfortunately, it was the last opportunity for Bendrick to compete as she was then sidelined for the remainder of the fall season as she battled vertigo. After concluding her freshman season with a successful spring, she once again led the team to a victory in the fall of her sophomore year, posting a team-best final round score of 68 at the Yale Intercollegiate. Unbeknownst to most, Bendrick spent that final round doubled-over with stomach cramps after a restaurant had failed to accommodate her dairy, corn and soy allergies, a struggle that Bendrick has faced on multiple other occasions but has not let get in the way of her competing.

     

    Bendrick entered the fall of her junior season as the team’s number one player, but began experiencing numbness and coolness in her left arm. The condition worsened and kept her sidelined for the entire fall season, and after months of therapy and doctors visits her condition was finally diagnosed as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a compression of the nerves and blood vessels under the collarbone and can only be corrected with surgery to remove her top rib, a surgery hat Bendrick underwent in January of 2017.  The surgery forced her to miss two weeks of class, as well as the reminder of her junior season.

     

    Not only has Bendrick endured these temporary setbacks, but she is also a diabetic and wears an insulin pump at all times. She constantly monitors her blood sugar and deals with the highs and lows the disease brings. Any illness is much more severe, and because of her food allergies it is difficult for her to take over-the-counter medications. Despite all of these hardships, Bendrick has found success on both the golf course and in the classroom.

     

    After rehabbing her shoulder for months, Bendrick was ready to begin her senior season in the fall of 2017. After not playing golf for nearly a year, she managed to play in every event and even had three top-10 finishes, improving her stroke average from 76 in the fall to 73.45 in the spring. Her Golfstat ranking of #150 is the first time she has ever been ranked inside of the top-200. In the classroom, she has maintained a 3.97 GPA as a biology major and has been on Furman University’s Dean’s List every semester. She recently won the Elizabeth Blackwell Academic Achievement Award (awarded to the Furman University female athlete with the highest GPA), the C. Leland Rogers Biology Award (awarded to the student with the highest GPA among biology majors), and the Distinguished Research in Biology Award for her research project studying what causes cancer cells to metastasize.

     

    In August of 2015, Nancy McDaniel was diagnosed with stage 0/1 breast cancer. She received eight months of hormone therapy that was not successful before undergoing surgery in June of 2016, just after the Bears had an individual compete in the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore. During this surgery, doctors discovered that the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes and had advanced to stage 3. Amid this discovery and the process of altering her treatment plans, McDaniel’s father suffered a sudden serious stroke, forcing her to postpone treatment to travel to Portland, Ore. to be with her family. Unfortunately, her father passed away in late July and McDaniel returned to California to begin an intense 16-week chemotherapy program.

     

    The 2016 WGCA Hall of Fame inductee continued to coach when possible during this trying time, recruiting at the World Junior Girls in Canada, traveling to Hawaii and Stanford to stand by her team and coach as energy allowed.  Her weeks at home with the team would be carefully planned with assistant coach Beverly Vatananugulkit and temporary coach Taylor Babcock in order to be present and as active as possible at practice around her chemo treatments. After wrapping up chemo in December and beginning an eight-week radiation program in February of 2017, she was able to coach and travel with her team to events but would have to miss some rounds due to daily radiation. Finally, the treatments were over and immediately after finishing radiation in March of 2017, McDaniel began a chemotherapy pill that she continues to take to this day. Not giving much attention to possible side effects she coaches with a newfound passion and has returned to her athletic roots in her daily life.  After placing second in the Claremont Country Club Polar Bear Challenge, by swimming 20 miles in the first 2 weeks of 2017 and 55 total miles through March, McDaniel has also set a goal to play in the US Senior Women’s Open qualifier in June of 2018.
  • WGCA Announces 2017-18 Division III National Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the awards for PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year, WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year and Division III Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year. The announcement follows the selection of All-Region teams, All-American teams, Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year and the recipient of the Kim Moore Spirit Award which were awarded at the WGCA Division III Awards Banquet held in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida on May 9. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

    PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year
    Margaret Loncki, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

    Loncki led Division III in scoring average for the 2017-18 season (73.70) and won the NCAA Division III National Championship with a four-round total of 303. She was named Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Athlete of the Year and captured the individual conference crown by three stokes, helping lead Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to its second straight SCIAC team title. Loncki was named a WGCA First Team All-American after earning Second Team honors in 2017.

    WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year
    Navika Kuchakulla, New York University

     Kuchakulla finished second at the NCAA Division III National Championships, just three strokes behind Loncki to post a score of 306. She placed in the top-five in four other tournaments throughout the season and finished the season with a stroke average of 77.78 en route to being named a WGCA Honorable Mention All-American. Kuchakulla was named the University Athletic Association Player of the Year following her 2017-18 campaign.

    Division III Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
    Jodie Burton, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

    After being named the Golf Pride Division III West Region Coach of the Year, Burton led Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to its first ever national title. She and her coaching staff also garnered Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the second-straight season after leading CMS to its second conference championship in as many years, making it the program’s fifth conference title overall.
  • WGCA Announces 2017-18 Division III Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2017-18 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. All-American teams, All-Region teams, Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year and the recipient of the Kim Moore Spirit Award were recognized at the WGCA Division III Awards Banquet held in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. Winners of the PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year, WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year, and Division III Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year awards will be announced immediately following the NCAA Championships. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

    WGCA Division III Kim Moore Spirit Award
    Courtney Kale, Centenary College of Louisiana

    Division III Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
    East Region Coach of the Year: Tom Inczauskis, Methodist University
    Great Lakes Coach of the Year: Brian Farrer, Berry College
    Central Region Coach of the Year: Howie Samb, University of Wisconsin-Stout
    Midwest Region Coach of the Year: Eric Sieger, Carleton College
    West Region Coach of the Year: Jodie Burton, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

    WGCA Division III All-American Teams
    First Team
    Shiyang Fan, Whitman College
    Christina Herbert, Bridgewater College
    Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg University
    Brooke Klostermann, Wartburg College
    Margaret Loncki, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
    Phoebe Nguyen, Whitman College
    Caroline Ordian, University of Redlands
     
    Second Team
    Johnna Beehner, Methodist University
    Cordelia Chan, Williams College
    Kristin Elich, George Fox University
    Samantha Haubenstock, Washington University in St. Louis
    Jorie Hodapp, Berry College
    Larisa Luloff, DePauw University
    Meghan Symonds, Sewanee: The University of the South
    Mira Yoo, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

    Honorable Mention
    Jennifer Bluetling, New York University
    Emma Kang, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
    Iris Kawada, George Fox University
    Navika Kuchakulla, New York University
    Christine Piwnica, Bethel University
    Alyssa Poentis, New York University
    Ziyi Wang, Carleton College
    Rachele Miller, DePauw University
    Holly Davenport, Williams College

    Italics represents student-athletes named to the WGCA All-American Honorable Mention Team based on their finish at the NCAA Championship.


     WGCA All-Region Teams
    Region 1/East Region
    Johnna Beehner, Methodist University
    Jennifer Bluetling, New York University
    Cordelia Chan, Williams College
    Mary-Frances Hall, Washington and Lee University
    Elizabeth Gudas, Williams College
    Christina Herbert, Bridgewater College
    Navika Kuchakulla, New York University
    Alyssa Poentis, New York University
    Charlotte Simpson, Carnegie Mellon University
    Patty Treevichaphan, New York University
     
    Region 2/Great Lakes
    Rachel Belanger, Berry College
    Jorie Hodapp, Berry College
    Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg University
    Larisa Luloff, DePauw University
    Rachele Miller, DePauw University
    Meredith Moir, Transylvania University
    Sarah Moon, Birmingham-Southern College
    Bailey Plourde, Centre College
    Angel Sanchez Vega, Oglethorpe University
    Meghan Symonds, Sewanee: The University of the South

    Region 3/Central
    Chloe DiPetrillo, Washington University in St. Louis
    Erin Drolet, Washington University in St. Louis
    Gigi Garcia, Washington University in St. Louis
    Samantha Haubenstock, Washington University in St. Louis
    Rachel Hernandez, University of Wisconsin-Stout
    CheyAnn Knudsen, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Rylie Loux, Illinois Wesleyan University
    Olivia Ruff, Illinois Wesleyan University
    Vidushi Sinha, Grinnell College
    Vrishali Sinha, Grinnell College

     Region 4/Midwest
    Alyssa Akiyama, Carleton College
    Kaitlyn Alvarez, St. Catherine University
    Natalie Amundson, College of Saint Benedict
    Brooke Klostermann, Wartburg College
    Nicole Miller, Bethel University
    Christine Piwnica, Bethel University
    Ayumi Sakamoto, Carleton College
    McKenzie Swenson, Gustavus Adolphus College
    Emily Thul, University of St. Thomas
    Ziyi Wang, Carleton College

    Region 5/West
    Kristin Elich, George Fox University
    Shiyang Fan, Whitman College
    Kayle Hunn, George Fox University
    Emma Kang, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
    Iris Kawada, George Fox University
    Margaret Loncki, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
    Phoebe Nguyen, Whitman College
    Caroline Ordian, University of Redlands
    Jessica Varner, Centenary College of Louisiana
    Mira Yoo, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
  • 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup Coach’s Picks Named

    Luis Gagne of LSU and Costa Rica and Wenyung Keh of Washington and New Zealand have been named Coach’s Picks for the International Team while NC State’s Stephen Franken and Kaitlyn Papp of Texas were selected to represent the United States at this summer’s Arnold Palmer Cup. Longtime Arnold Palmer partner Rolex is continuing its 50 year relationship through its support of the matches, the first played under the expanded format to include men’s and women’s USA collegiate golfers against their counterparts from around the world. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played July 6-8 at Evian Resort Golf Club.

    Herb Page’s coach’s pick for the international team, Gagne is a junior from San Jose, Costa Rica. A two-time PING Honorable Mention All-America selection, Gagne has claimed medalist honors four times in his college career. This season he has posted a career-best scoring average of 71.24. Gagne has four top-10 finishes this season, including a tie for medalist honors at the David Toms Intercollegiate. 

    A Junior from Auckland, New Zealand, Keh was Anne Walker’s coach’s pick. An All-Pac 12 Conference selection, Keh posted five top 10 finishes and only placed outside the top 20 once in nine events. Additionally, she tied for second at the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship, falling in a playoff. As a freshman, Keh won all three of her matches during the match play portion of the NCAA Championships to help lead Washington to the team title.

    Franken, a Raleigh, N.C., native, was tabbed by Ryan Hybl as his coach’s pick. The junior leads NC State with a 70.30 scoring average. Franken has six top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments, including his first career medalist honors at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate. He has played 21 of his 30 rounds at par or better. Franken also finished tied for fifth at the Jones Cup.

    Freshman of the Year in the same season. She won two tournaments this season - The Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational - and carded eight top five finishes in 11 events. Papp posted a 71.74 stroke average and recorded 17 of 31 rounds at par or better.

     

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    About Arnold Palmer Cup
    The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla. in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players. The 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club will become the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.

    Since its inception, over 100 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 25 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and more than 50 have claimed over 200 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 11-9-1.

    The Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. The Arnold Palmer Cup provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf.  For more information, please visit ArnoldPalmerCup.com.

     
    About Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation
    It all began in the 1960’s when Arnold Palmer’s go-for-broke style of golf bolstered a legion of fans, coined by the press as Arnie’s Army. Palmer’s charisma and unfailing sense of kindness and thoughtfulness endeared him to millions around the world. Over the past four decades, the Palmer family have contributed time and resources to support their passion for helping others and in so doing have made a profound impact on many lives. Founded in 2015, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation has been entrusted to continue Arnold Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy by positively impacting and empowering children and strengthening our communities by investing in health, wellness, and the environment. For more information, or to join Arnie’s Army, please visit ArniesArmy.org or contact Chris Kolodinsky at 407-876-3944 or ckolodinsky@arniesarmy.org.

     

    About Rolex
    An unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Through philanthropic programmes and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.
  • 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships Selections Revealed

    The NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Committee announced 25 teams and six individuals that will participate in the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships.

    Nineteen conferences have been granted automatic qualification and the remaining six teams were selected on an at-large basis from conferences and the remaining independent institutions. Six individuals, not from selected teams, also were selected for the championships.

    The championships will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. Following 54 holes of competition, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams to compete the final day.  In the team competition, the low four scores from each team for each day will count in the team’s total score.

    The championships will be conducted May 8-11 at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Oglethorpe University and Central Florida Sports Commission will serve as hosts.

    The selected teams and individuals are listed below:

    TEAMS

    George Fox University
    Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps
    New York University
    Williams College
    Whitman College
    Methodist University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Berry College
    DePauw University
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Washington and Lee University
    Carleton College
    University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
    Amherst College
    Illinois Wesleyan University
    Transylvania University
    Saint Mary’s College (Indiana)
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Wartburg College
    University of Mount Union
    Alvernia University
    Gettysburg College
    The College of St. Scholastica
    Concordia University (Wisconsin)
    Saint Vincent College
     

    INDIVIDUALS

    Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg University
    Caroline Ordian, University of Redlands
    Christina Herbert, Bridgewater College
    Meghan Symonds, University of the South
    Christine Piwnica, Bethel University (Minnesota)
    Emily Thul, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
     

    In 2017, Rhodes College won its third NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship in program history by two strokes and their third in the last four years with a combined score of 1,217 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. Runner-up honors went to George Fox University (1,219).  Wittenberg University was third with a 1,229 team total. Bridgewater University (Virginia) junior Christina Herbert earned medalist honors with a two-shot victory over Macy Hubbard from Wittenberg.
  • 2018 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships Selections Announced

    The NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Committee has selected the teams and individuals that will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships.

    The NCAA Division II women’s golf super regional competition will be conducted May 7-9. Each site will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently with 12 teams and 6 individuals from non-qualifying teams at each site. All participants will compete through the 54 holes of competition. The top three teams along with the top three individuals not with a team from each super regional will advance to the championships.

    The championships will be held May 16-19 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. The number of participants that qualify for the finals is 72.

    The following teams and individuals were selected to participate in the following super Regionals:

    Central Regional
    Missouri Bluffs Golf Club | Saint Charles, Missouri 
    Host: Lindenwood University

    Teams:

    1. Augustana (South Dakota)
    2. Arkansas Tech
    3. Southwestern Oklahoma State
    4. Henderson State
    5. Northeastern State
    6. Central Oklahoma
    7. Lindenwood (MO)
    8. Missouri Western
    9. Central Missouri
    10. Minnesota State Mankato
    11. Oklahoma Baptist
    12. Nebraska-Kearney

    Individuals:

    1. Helle Leed, Southern Arkansas
    2. Hannah Perkins, Fort Hays State
    3. Sophie Hill, Concordia-St. Paul
    4. Lexi Hanson, Sioux Falls
    5. Frida Ryberg, Arkansas-Monticello
    6. Ashley Bixby, Southwest Minnesota State

    East Regional
    Katke Golf Course | Grand Rapids, Michigan 
    Host: Ferris State University

    Teams:

    1. UIndy
    2. Grand Valley State
    3. Missouri-St. Louis
    4. Findlay
    5. Northern Michigan
    6. Illinois-Springfield
    7. Ashland
    8. Kutztown
    9. Tiffin
    10. Wayne State (Michigan)
    11. Southern Indiana
    12. Franklin Pierce

    Individuals:

    1. Nicolle Barmettler, Truman State
    2. Sabrina Coffman, Saginaw Valley State
    3. Rachael McMahan, Trevecca Nazarene
    4. Payton Meeks, William Jewell
    5. Alex Trask, William Jewell
    6. Sara Suazo, California (Pennsylvania)

    South Regional
    Germantown Country Club | Germantown, Tennessee
    Host: Christian Brothers University

    Teams:

    1. Nova Southeastern
    2. Barry
    3. Saint Leo
    4. Flagler College
    5. Lynn
    6. Florida Southern
    7. Rollins
    8. Wingate
    9. Lee
    10. Florida Tech
    11. Lenoir-Rhyne
    12. Limestone

    Individuals:

    1. Paloma Vaccaro, West Florida
    2. Megan Sabol, North Georgia
    3. Kiira Riihijarvi, Tampa
    4. Franziska Bremm, West Georgia
    5. Elizabeth England, Carson-Newman
    6. Dominika Czudkova, Lincoln Memorial

    West Regional
    Hillcrest Country Club | Fort Lewis, Colorado 
    Host: Fort Lewis College

    Teams:

    1. Dallas Baptist University
    2. Cal State San Marcos
    3. California Baptist
    4. Tarleton State
    5. West Texas A&M
    6. Academy of Art
    7. Cal State Monterey Bay
    8. St. Mary’s (Texas)
    9. St. Edward’s
    10. Midwestern State
    11. Sonoma State
    12. Colorado-Colorado Springs

    Individuals:

    1. Imkeleen Meyer, Newman
    2. Jess Whitting, Rogers State
    3. Carolin Chang, Cal State East Bay
    4. Courtney Ewing, Colorado State-Pueblo
    5. Katie Ford, Dixie State
    6. Kate Goodwin, Oklahoma Christian
  • 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Regional Selections

    The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee has announced the teams and individuals selected to participate in the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Regionals.

    Four regional tournaments will be conducted May 7-9 to determine the championships field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition and all national championships policies apply.

    A total of 384 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these players, 132 will advance to the championships finals. Six teams and three individuals will advance from each regional.

    The national championships will be May 18-23 at Karsten Creek Golf Club, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, hosted by Oklahoma State University. The final three days of the championships will be televised live by the Golf Channel.

    The regional sites and the selected teams and individuals are listed below.

    Austin Regional Site

    The Austin regional will be played at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, and will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.

    Teams:

    1. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Southeastern Conference)

    2. University of Texas at Austin (Big 12 Conference)

    3. Michigan State University (Big Ten Conference)

    4. University of Florida

    5. Auburn University

    6. University of Oklahoma

    7. University of Houston (American Athletic Conference)

    8. University of Miami (Florida)

    9. Baylor University

    10. Texas A&M University, College Station

    11. Brigham Young University

    12. East Carolina University

    13. Texas Tech University

    14. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    15. University of Texas at San Antonio (Conference USA)

    16. Georgetown University (Big East Conference)

    17. Houston Baptist University (Southland Conference)

    18. Missouri State University (Missouri Valley Conference)

    Individuals:

    1. Brigitte Dunne – Southern Methodist University

    2. Xiaolin Tian – University of Maryland, College Park

    3. Greta Bruner – Texas Christian University

    4. Katrina Prendergast – Colorado State University

    5. Ellen Secor – Colorado State University

    6. Faith Summers – Southern Methodist University

     

    Madison Regional Site

    The Madison regional will be played at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.

    Teams:

    1. Duke University (Atlantic Coast Conference)

    2. University of Southern California

    3. Arizona State University

    4. Northwestern University

    5. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    6. Purdue University

    7. Iowa State University

    8. University of Virginia

    9. University of Wisconsin-Madison

    10. Campbell University (Big South Conference)

    11. The Ohio State University

    12. University of Notre Dame

    13. Old Dominion University

    14. Oregon State University

    15. University of Idaho (Big Sky Conference)

    16. Murray State University (Ohio Valley Conference)

    17. North Dakota State University (The Summit League)

    18. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (Horizon League)

    Individuals:

    1. Connie Jaffrey – Kansas State University

    2. Pinyada Kuvanun – University of Toledo

    3. Pun Chanachai – New Mexico State University

    4. Elsa Moberly – Eastern Kentucky University

    5. Erin Harper – Indiana University, Bloomington

    6. Cara Basso – Pennsylvania State University

     

    San Francisco Regional Site

    The San Francisco regional will be played at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California, and will be hosted by Stanford University. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.

    Teams:

    1. University of California, Los Angeles (Pac-12 Conference)

    2. Stanford University

    3. University of South Carolina, Columbia

    4. Kent State University (Mid-American Conference)

    5. Oklahoma State University

    6. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    7. University of Colorado, Boulder

    8. University of Louisville

    9. North Carolina State University

    10. University of Mississippi

    11. University of California, Berkeley

    12. San Diego State University

    13. Pepperdine University

    14. University of Oregon

    15. Long Beach State University (Big West Conference)

    16. Grand Canyon University (Western Athletic Conference)

    17. Princeton University (The Ivy League)

    18. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus (Northeast Conference)

    Individuals:

    1. Alivia Brown – Washington State University

    2. Samantha Hutchison – University of California, Davis

    3. Ingrid Gutierrez – University of New Mexico

    4. Abegail Arevalo – San Jose State University

    5. Darian Zachek – University of New Mexico

    6. Christine Danielsson – University of California, Davis

     

    Tallahassee Regional Site

    The Tallahassee regional will be played at Don Veller Seminole Golf Course & Club in Tallahassee, Florida, and Florida State University will serve as the host institution. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.

    Teams:

    1. University of Alabama

    2. Furman University (Southern Conference)

    3. University of Arizona

    4. University of Washington

    5. Wake Forest University

    6. Vanderbilt University

    7. Florida State University

    8. Clemson University

    9. University of Georgia

    10. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    11. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Mountain West Conference)

    12. Kennesaw State University (Atlantic Sun Conference)

    13. University of Denver

    14. Coastal Carolina University (Sun Belt Conference)

    15. University of Missouri, Columbia

    16. College of Charleston (South Carolina) (Colonial Athletic Association)

    17. University of Richmond (Patriot League)

    18. University at Albany (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

    Individuals:

    1. Hee Ying Loy – East Tennessee State University

    2. Claudia De Antonio – Louisiana State University

    3. Fernanda Lira – University of Central Arkansas

    4. Emma Svensson – University of Central Arkansas

    5. Valentina Giraldo – Jacksonville State University

    6. Kaeli Jones – University of Central Florida

     

    Twenty-seven conferences received automatic qualification to the 2018 Division I Women's Golf Championships. The Southwestern Athletic Conference did not meet the conference automatic qualification requirements for this year's championships. This resulted in one additional at-large team being selected to participate. Individuals from the SWAC remained eligible for selection.

    In 2017, Arizona State University claimed its eighth NCAA Division I Women's Golf National Championship, an NCAA record, defeating Northwestern University 3-1-1 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
  • Rich Harvest Farms to Host 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup

    Rich Harvest Farms will become the first repeat Arnold Palmer Cup host when the 25th playing of the of the matches are held in 2021. It will mark the fourth Arnold Palmer Cup to be held under the expanded format to include men’s and women’s USA collegiate golfers against their counterparts from around the world. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 11-13.

     

    “Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation is pleased the Arnold Palmer Cup matches are returning to Rich Harvest Farms,” said Amy Saunders, President of Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. “Jerry and the Rich family have shown great commitment to men’s and women’s golf at all levels. Jerry has a passion to introduce the game, and all of the positive attributes it teaches, to young people.”   

     

    Located less than an hour outside of Chicago, Rich Harvest Farms is an ultra-private, members-only club, consistently ranked in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Owned and built by Jerry Rich, the course consists of 18 perfectly manicured holes and is a 1,820-acre showcase of nature and agriculture. With state-of-the-art meeting spaces, numerous lodging options and non-golf amenities that include a private car museum, miles of horseback riding trails and three fully stocked lakes for fishing, Rich Harvest Farms offers distinguished facilities in a luxurious setting.

     

    Rich Harvest Farms, from its Professional tees plays at a length of 7,715 yards, as a par 72, and continues to play host to numerous amateur, collegiate, and professional tournaments. These includes the Arnold Palmer Cup (2015) and Solheim Cup (2009), as well as the Ryder Cup Captain’s Challenge (2012) and numerous USGA Qualifiers. This list also includes the Western Amateur (2003, 2015) and Western Junior (2019). The Northern Illinois University Huskies Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams are proud to call Rich Harvest Farms their home course and so the following have also been hosted at the course: NCAA Men’s Division I Central Regional (2007, 2014), MAC Championship (2003, 2012), an annual Northern Intercollegiate (2010-Present) and, most recently, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships (2017).

     

    A hidden gem at Rich Harvest Farms is the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, a nonprofit junior golf organization founded in 1998 by Jerry Rich and longtime friend Don Springer. Today, the Foundation has impacted the lives of over 150,000 youth through golf and its valuable life lessons.

     

    “I am very thrilled to bring the Arnold Palmer Cup back to Rich Harvest Farms and the Chicagoland area,” stated Jerry Rich, President and CEO of Rich Harvest Farms. “When we hosted this prestigious event in June of 2015, the community showed great support, and my staff and I are ready to expand on that success. It is exciting to watch the growth of the Arnold Palmer Cup to include mixed teams of men and women from the United States against the rest of the world for these thrilling matches. While showcasing the best collegiate players in the world, the impact of Arnold Palmer’s legacy will also be on display for the duration of the event, and that is what makes this event one of the greatest honors to host,”

     

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    About Arnold Palmer Cup

    The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla. in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top male university/college golfers matching the United States against Europe. In 2018, the participants will include corresponding women golfers who will be added to both the USA and International teams and will thus become the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.

     

    Since its inception, 101 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 25 alumni have gone on to represent Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and 53 have claimed 1916 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 11-9-1.

     

    Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. The Arnold Palmer Cup provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf.  For more information, please visit ArnoldPalmerCup.com.

     

    About Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation

    It all began in the 1960’s when Arnold Palmer’s go-for-broke style of golf bolstered a legion of fans, coined by the press as Arnie’s Army. Palmer's charisma and unfailing sense of kindness and thoughtfulness endeared him to millions around the world. Over the past four decades, the Palmer family have contributed time and resources to support their passion for helping others and in so doing have made a profound impact on many lives. Founded in 2015, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation has been entrusted to continue Arnold Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy by positively impacting and empowering children and strengthening our communities by investing in health, wellness, and the environment. For more information, or to join Arnie's Army, please visit ArniesArmy.org or contact Chris Kolodinsky at 407-876-3944 or ckolodinsky@arniesarmy.org.
  • Mary Bea Porter-King Named Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient

    Mary Bea Porter-King, president and co-founder of the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association (HSJGA), has been named the 2018 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor.  Porter-King will be recognized on Sunday evening, December 10, 2017 at the WGCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

     

    A four-sport athlete at Arizona State University, Porter-King spent 25 years competing in the LPGA before retiring in Hawaii. She got involved with Kauai’s junior golf program and eventually co-founded HSJGA in 1998. She organizes golf and rules clinics, college workshops and mental training classes for the 500-plus juniors belonging to the statewide program.

     

    One of the country’s most respected rules officials, Porter-King has officiated for over 75 United States National Championships, including 14 U.S. Opens, 17 U.S. Women’s Opens, 15 U.S. Amateurs and five Masters Tournaments, along with five PGA Championships, and one British Open. She served five years on the USGA Executive Committee, a 16-member committee that oversees the entire United States Golf Association, before going on the serve a three-year term as an Independent Director on the Board of the PGA of America. She continues to be active with both associations as she serves on the USGA Junior Amateur Committee & Regional Association Committee and the PGA Youth Development Committee.

     

    For her contributions, Porter-King was awarded the 2001 LPGA Teaching Division’s Budget Service Award, an honor sponsored by Budget Rent a Car that recognizes an LPGA member’s services to youth through golf, and donates $5,000 to youth charity. She was also given the distinguished honor of being named as the PGA of America First Lady of Golf in 2011.

     

    Porter-King also has the distinction of an award being created in her honor. In 1988 while playing in an LPGA event, she noticed a young boy floating unconscious in the pool of a house bordering the golf course. She scaled the fence and administered CPR, saving the three-year old boy’s life. In honor of her heroism, the Metropolitan Golf Writer’s Association created the Mary Bea Porter Humanitarian Award, which honors a humanitarian or heroic act that enhances human life.
  • 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup Assistant Coaches Named

    Ryan Blagg of Baylor and Susan Rosenstiel of Alabama will serve as assistant coaches for the United States while Jan Dowling of Michigan and Canada and Adrien Mörk from TCU and France will serve on the International side coaching staff at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup. Held at Evian Resort Golf Club, the 2018 event will be the first played under the expanded format to include men’s and women’s USA collegiate golfers against their counterparts from around the world. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played July 6-8.

     

    Blagg, the 2017 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf winner as the nation’s outstanding assistant coach, is in his sixth season with the Baylor men’s golf program. The Bears have advanced to NCAA Regional play in all six of Blagg’s seasons, including a pair of NCAA Championship berths. Last season, Blagg helped the Bears to the most successful year in program history. The 2016-17 BU squad won four tournaments and had a streak of seven consecutive top-three finishes. BU earned its first No. 1 national ranking in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll. Additionally, the Bears advanced to match play at the NCAA Championships, earning the program its best finish. He played collegiately at Arkansas, where he was named to the SEC Honor Roll each of his three seasons in Fayetteville. He began his collegiate career at Tyler Junior College and led the team to the 1998 NJCAA National Championship, earning All-American and Academic All-American honors.

     

    Rosenstiel is in her 15th season on the Crimson Tide coaching staff. Rosenstiel’s efforts in Tuscaloosa were honored following the 2010 season as the National Golf Coaches Association recognized her as National Assistant Coach of the Year. Rosenstiel’s wealth of experience includes a playing career at Tennessee and Florida, plus time on the staff at the University of Florida and as an assistant golf professional. She was also the tournament director for the 2010 SEC Championship at the North River Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa. Rosenstiel assists in all facets of developing the Crimson Tide players and program, including instruction, course management, coordination of golf operations and recruiting. During her first 14 years at the Capstone, Rosenstiel has mentored numerous top players who have combined for 20 All-America honors and 28 All-SEC accolades. Her career at Alabama includes the 2012 NCAA Championship, 12 NCAA Championships appearances and three SEC Championships.

     

    Named the fifth women's golf coach in U-M history in the fall of 2013, Dowling has spent the last four seasons reshaping the Wolverine program into a Big Ten and a national contender. Some of that hard work has paid off as her Wolverines have made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Championships in 2016 and 2017. After a four year wait, Dowling's 2015-16 squad returned to the NCAA postseason by rallying with a sixth-place finish at the Alabama Regional to advance to the 2016 Finals for just the second time in program history and the first in 14 years. After missing the first team cut by just four shots, the Wolverines tied for 18th to end a historic season. This past season Michigan tied for 16th at NCAA’s while Elodie Van Dievoet tied for fourth - both the best in program history. Prior to her stint at Michigan, Dowling served as head coach at Florida from 2009-12 and was an assistant at Kent State, Duke and Tennessee. As a collegiate golfer at Kent State, she helped lead the Golden Flashes to four-straight MAC championships. Dowling was the individual medalist two years in a row at the MAC Championship, a four-time first team All-MAC selection and was named the 2000 MAC Player of the Year.

     

    Mörk is in his first season as an assistant coach for the TCU men's golf program. Mörk came to TCU after two years as an assistant coach at UCF. In 2016-17, UCF grabbed three team victories and four top-three finishes, highlighted by winning the NCAA College Grove Regional in Tennessee. That regional victory earned a national seed at the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms, where UCF finished in a tie for 14th. Prior to joining the UCF, Mörk served as Coach of the French Golf Federation. He served as the Team Advisor at the 2015 European Team Championship in Sweden, where his squad took a fifth-place finish. As an amateur player, Mörk represented France in the World and European Team Championships. As a professional, Mörk was the first player ever to shoot a 59 in any European Tour event, accomplishing that feat in the second round of the 2006 Morocco Classic on the Challenge Tour. He played the European Tour in 2007.

     

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    About Arnold Palmer Cup

    The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla. in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top male university/college golfers matching the United States against Europe. In 2018, the participants will include corresponding women golfers who will be added to both the USA and International teams and will thus become the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.

     

    Since its inception, 101 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 25 alumni have gone on to represent Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and 53 have claimed 1916 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 11-9-1.

     

    Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. The Arnold Palmer Cup provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf.  For more information, please visit ArnoldPalmerCup.com.

     

    About Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation

    It all began in the 1960’s when Arnold Palmer’s go-for-broke style of golf bolstered a legion of fans, coined by the press as Arnie’s Army. Palmer's charisma and unfailing sense of kindness and thoughtfulness endeared him to millions around the world. Over the past four decades, the Palmer family have contributed time and resources to support their passion for helping others and in so doing have made a profound impact on many lives. Founded in 2015, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation has been entrusted to continue Arnold Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy by positively impacting and empowering children and strengthening our communities by investing in health, wellness, and the environment. For more information, or to join Arnie's Army, please visit ArniesArmy.org or contact Chris Kolodinsky at 407-876-3944 or ckolodinsky@arniesarmy.org.
  • Coaches Announced for Golfweek Coaches Forum at 2017 WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    The WGCA and GCAA announced the four distinguished coaches who will headline the Golfweek coaches’ forum December 13 at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions. Men’s coaches, Conrad Ray of Stanford and Ryan Hybl of Oklahoma, women’s coaches Missy Farr-Kaye of Arizona State and Carrie Forsyth of UCLA will also address the forum.

    The four coaches join previously announced guest speakers Tony Dovolani, Dr. Bob Rotella, Dottie Pepper, Scott Fawcett, Damon Goddard and Lynn Mariott and Pia Nilsson with Vision 54.

    Conrad Ray, Stanford
    Ray, a former Cardinal standout student-athlete, is Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. The 2017-18 season marks his 13th on The Farm. During his tenure as head coach, Ray has led the Cardinal to 11 appearances in the NCAA Championships, including the school’s eighth national title in 2007. Stanford has won three Pac-12 Championships and four NCAA regional crowns under his direction. Ray was the 2007 Dave Williams National Coach of the Year presented by Golf Pride and two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Stanford student-athletes have been well decorated under Ray’s watch, as he has helped produce two Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol recipients, two Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta winners and a Byron Nelson Award presented by Srixon/Cleveland Golf honoree. Cardinal golfers have earned 27 PING All-America, 21 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, four Pac-12 Players of the Year, three Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year, three Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and 18 All-Pac- 12 first team selections. Additionally, Ray coached the 2008 United States Arnold Palmer Cup team and five Stanford golfers have represented their country in the event during his tenure. Ray will also be inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame at the 2017 convention during the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet Monday, Dec. 11.

    Ryan Hybl, Oklahoma
    Hybl will become the first United States Arnold Palmer Cup participant to serve as head coach in the matches this upcoming summer at Evian Resort Golf Club. He led Oklahoma to the 2017 NCAA title, the second in program history. Named Sooner head coach on June 22, 2009, Hybl took over a program that finished 10th in the 2009 Big 12 Championship and inside the top nine just once that spring, and has guided it to the top three single-season scoring averages in school history and to the NCAA Championships each of the last seven years. OU is one of just five teams to reach the national tournament in each of the past seven years, joining Illinois, Texas and Southern California. Hybl has coached seven Sooners to PING All-America recognition. After the Sooners claimed the 2017 national title, four OU golfers earned honorable mention honors. Competing in the last Arnold Palmer Cup to match the United States against Great Britain & Ireland, Hybl helped lead Team USA to 15.5-8.5 victory in 2002. He posted a record of 1-1-2.

    Missy Farr-Kaye, Arizona State
    Missy Farr-Kaye completed a trifecta in 2017, winning her third NCAA national championship as a Sun Devil - first as a player (1990), then as an assistant coach (2009), and now as a head coach (2017). Behind First Team All-Americans Linnea Strom and Monica Vaughn (also the individual medalist, sixth in Sun Devil history) and Honorable Mention All-American Olivia Mehaffey, Farr-Kaye led ASU to a nation-leading eighth NCAA championship in 2017. For the team's performance in 2016-17, Farr-Kaye was named Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year, Golfweek National Coach of the Year, West Region Coach of the Year, and Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Farr-Kaye was named the 10th head coach of the seven-time NCAA Champion Arizona State women’s golf team on June 26th, 2015. Farr-Kaye, arguably one of the most respected coaches in the country, spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach and then associate head coach of the Sun Devil women’s golf program with Melissa Luellen before being promoted to head coach. Under the partnership of Farr-Kaye and Luellen, ASU won the school’s seventh NCAA Title in 2009, golfer Azahara Munoz took home an individual NCAA title in 2008, and the duo coached 14 student-athletes to a total of 24 All-American teams, and saw three players win Pac-12 Golfer of the Year.

    Carrie Forsyth, UCLA
    Having led the Bruins to a pair of NCAA Championships, while coaching players to nearly 90 All-American awards and five conference Golfers of the Year, Carrie Forsyth begins her 19th season leading the UCLA women's golf program in 2017-2018. Under Forsyth, the Bruins have won NCAA Championships in 2004 and 2011, and have finished runner-up three more times in 2005, 2008 and 2009. UCLA has finished in the Top 10 at the NCAA Championships 13 times in the last 18 years, including 2016 when it won the stroke-play competition and was a semifinalist in match play. In addition to the pair of national championships, Forsyth has also led the Bruins to eight NCAA Regional crowns, including back-to-back wins three times. The Bruins have claimed four Pac-10/12 Conference titles, winning the league championship in 2017. UCLA was the only team to finish in red figures and won by 21 strokes. UCLA has placed in the top three of the conference on 14 occasions. Four Bruins have won the conference individual championship under Forsyth’s tenure. Forsyth is a five-time Pac-10/12 Conference Coach of the Year, earning the award in back-to-back seasons twice. In 2004, she was named the WGCA Coach of the Year, while in 2011, Forsyth earned Golfweek National Coach of the Year honors. The Bruins have received a total of 89 All-American awards during the last 18 seasons, 47 WGCA/NGCA honors and 42 Golfweek accolades.

    - WGCA/GCAA -

     About the WGCA:
    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

    About the GCAA:
    Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of golf coaches. The GCAA's mission is to support its member coaches by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student-athletes in academic, athletic and civic endeavors.
  • Fall Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking Released

    The fall Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking for the 2018 event at Evian Resort Golf Club was released today. The top six golfers from the final ranking in the Spring from both the United States and International men and women - 12 total golfers - shall be among the 24 individuals selected to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup July 6-8. The 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup will be the first using the expanded format of United States men’s and women’s collegiate golfers versus their counterparts from around the world. 

     

    Using Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and a penalty for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.

    The remaining six men’s and women’s spots for the United States will consist of five committee selections, including at least one non-Division I golfer, and a coaches pick. The balance of the International team will include the men’s and women’s winners of The R&A Scholars Tournament, four committee selections and a coaches pick.

     

    For more information visit arnoldpalmercup.com.

     

    United States

    Men

    Rank  Name                     School                       Percent

    1        Justin Suh               Southern California     .9986

    2        Davis Riley              Alabama                     .9985

    3        Steven Fisk             Georgia Southern       .9981

    4        Brandon Wu            Stanford                     .9961

    5        Doug Ghim             Texas                         .9951

    6        Zach Bauchou         Oklahoma State          .9951

    7        Hayden Shieh         Santa Clara                 .9942

    8        Collin Morikawa       California                    .9937

    9        Braden Bailey          Baylor                         .9927

    10      Chandler Phillips     Texas A&M                  .9917

    11      Matthew Wolfe        Oklahoma State          .9912

    12      Shintaro Ban           UNLV                          .9893

    13      Will Zalatoris           Wake Forest               .9893

    14      Brad Dalke              Oklahoma                   .9893

    15      Philip Knowles        North Florida              .9888

    16      Bryson Nimmer      Clemson                    .9873

    17      Dawson Armstrong Lipscomb                   .9869

    18      Patrick Fishburn      BYU                            .9864

    19      Will Gordon            Vanderbilt                  .9863

    20      Hayden Buckley      Missouri                     .9849

    21      Kyle Mueller            Michigan                     .9844

    22      Mason Overstreet   Arkansas                    .9839

    23      Theo Humphrey      Vanderbilt                  .9819

    24      Garrett May            Baylor                         .9814

    25      Norman Xiong        Oregon                       .9800

     

    Women

    Rank  Name                     School                       Percent

    1        Lauren Stephenson Alabama                     .9994

    2        Andrea Lee             Stanford                     .9988

    3        Lilia Vu                   UCLA                          .9988

    4        Sophia Shubert       Texas                         .9971

    5        Kristen Gillman       Alabama                     .9947

    6        Emilia Migliaccio       Wake Forest               .9941

    7        Jennifer Kupcho      Wake Forest               .9935

    8        Maddie McCrary      Oklahoma State          .9929

    9        Alana Uriell             Arkansas                    .9929

    10      Robynn Ree            Southern California     .9923

    11      Dylan Kim               Arkansas                    .9911

    12      Natalie Srinivasan   Furman                      .9906

    13      Bethany Wu            UCLA                          .9888

    14      Sarah Burnham      Michigan State            .9870

    15      Mariel Galdiano       UCLA                          .9852

    16      Elsa Moberly           Eastern Kentucky       .9835

    17      Hannah Kim            Northwestern             .9805

    18      Mika Liu                  Stanford                     .9799

    19      Kenzie Neisen         Oklahoma State          .9770

    20      Anna Redding         Virginia                       .9757

    21      Emilee Hoffman      Texas                         .9752

    22      Beth Lillie                Virginia                       .9752

    23      Cheyenne Knight    Alabama                     .9751

    24      Amanda Doherty    Florida State               .9697

    25      Kaitlyn Papp           Texas                         .9680

     

    International

    Men

    Rank   Name                               School                         Country              Percent

    1          Fredrik Nilehn                   Texas Tech                   Sweden                .9858

    2          Harry Ellis                         Florida State                 England                .9834

    3          Jovan Rebula                    Auburn                         South Africa          .9790

    4          Peng Pichaikool                 Mississippi State           Thailand               .9775

    5          Alvaro Ortiz                       Arkansas                      Mexico                 .9712

    6          Carl Yuan                          Washington                  China                    .9678

    7          Stefano Mazzoli                 TCU                              Italy                     .9663

    8          Lukas Euler                       Kentucky                      Germany              .9653

    9          Matthias Schmid               Louisville                      Germany              .9624

    10        Ivan Ramirez                    Texas Tech                   Colombia              .9599

    11        Hurly Long                        Texas Tech                   Germany              .9594

    12        Simon Zach                      Louisville                      Czech Republic     .9577

    13        Viktor Hovland                  Oklahoma State            Norway                 .9574

    14        KK Limbhasut                   California                      Thailand               .9563

    15        Jesper Svensson               Campbell                      Sweden                .9551

    16        Alex Del Rey                     Arizona State                Spain                    .9547

    17        Alejandro Tosti                 Florida                          Argentina             .9527

    18        Lorenzo Scalise                Tennessee                   Italy                     .9496

    19        Kristoffer Ventura             Oklahoma State            Norway                 .9496

    20        Harry Hall                         UNLV                            England                .9452

    21        Pavan Sagoo                    Saint Mary’s                  England                .9404

    22        Grant Booth                      Nevada                         Australia               .9395

    23        Paul McBride                     Wake Forest                 Ireland                 .9369

    24        Denzel Ieremia                 Iowa State                   New Zealand        .9340

    25        Conor Purcell                    Charlotte                      Ireland                 .9311

     

    women

    Rank   Name                               School                         Country              Percent

    1          Maria Fassi                       Arkansas                      Mexico                 .9965

    2          Leona Maguire                  Duke                            Ireland                 .9959

    3          Linnea Strom                    Arizona State                Sweden                .9923

    4          Patty Tavatanakit              UCLA                            Thailand               .9917

    5          Maddie Szeryk                  Texas A&M                    Canada                 .9882

    6          Leonie Harm                     Houston                       Germany              .9876

    7          Jaravee Boonchant           Duke                            Thailand               .9864

    8          Ainhoa Olarra                    South Carolina              Spain                    .9852

    9          Dewi Weber                      Miami                           Netherlands         .9846

    10        Paz Marfa Sans                 Michigan State              Spain                    .9817

    11        Robyn Choi                       Colorado                      Australia               .9811

    12        Olivia Mehaffey                 Arizona State                Northern Ireland  .9811

    13        Julienne Soo                     Oklahoma                     Australia               .9752

    14        Alice Hewson                    Clemson                      England                .9740

    15        Kirsty Hodgkins                Colorado                      Australia               .9711

    16        Ana Belac                         Duke                            Slovenia               .9711

    17        Siyun Liu                          Wake Forest                 China                    .9704

    18        Wenyung Keh                   Washington                  New Zealand        .9704

    19        Hee Ying Loy                     East Tennessee State   Malaysia               .9699

    20        Pimnipa Panthong             Kent State                    Thailand               .9668

    21        Albane Valenzuela             Stanford                       Switzerland          .9656

    22        Muni He                            Southern California       China                    .9633

    23        Michaela Finn                    Kent State                    Sweden                .9621

    24        Celia Barquin Arozamena  Iowa State                   Spain                    .9615

    25        Morgane Metraux              Florida State                 Switzerland          .9609