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  • Ochoa, Hernandez and Nirapathpongporn to be Inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame

    Lorena Ochoa of the University of Arizona, Maria Hernandez of Purdue University and Virada Nirapathpongporn of Duke University will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, December 11, 2016. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Ochoa, Hernandez and Nirapathpongporn become the 67th, 68th and 69th members of the WGCA Players Hall of Fame.

    Ochoa played two seasons at the University of Arizona before leaving as the most decorated golfer in the school’s history. The Guadalajara, Mexico native finished in first or second place in 18 of the 20 collegiate events in which she competed, which includes a school-record 12 tournament titles. She was named PING WGCA Player of the Year in 2001 following a freshman campaign that saw her set an NCAA record for scoring average as she totaled a mark of 71.33. The following year, she shattered her own record with a scoring average of 70.13 and went on to win her second straight PING WGCA Player of the Year award. Her sophomore campaign also saw her win an NCAA-record seven straight tournaments, the second-longest streak in the history of modern golf. After two seasons with the Wildcats, Ochoa chose to forego her remaining eligibility to become a professional, where she went on to become the top-ranked female golfer in the world for 158 consecutive weeks, an LGPA Tour record.

    Hernandez made history while at Purdue University, as she became the program’s first-ever individual NCAA Champion in 2009. She also became the first individual NCAA Champion to hail from the Big Ten Conference and went on to win PING WGCA Player of the Year honors following her historic senior season. The Pamplona, Spain native captured a school-record 13 tournament titles while at Purdue, including the Big Ten Championship in 2008. A two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, she was also a three-time winner of the Mary Fossum Award for the lowest stroke average in the conference. Hernandez then went on to qualify for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt, notching a fifth-place finish at LPGA Q-School in December of 2009.

    Nirapathpongporn ended her career at Duke University as the first player in school history to earn WGCA First-Team All-America honors each of her four years. The Bangkok, Thailand native tallied a then school-record 27 top-10 tournament finishes and broke school scoring records for both 18 holes (65-tie) and 72 holes (279). In 2002, she became the program’s second-ever individual national champion with an NCAA-record four-round score of 279 and helped guide the Blue Devils to the team national title. In 2004, Nirapathpongporn was honored as the Nancy Lopez Award recipient, awarded the world’s top amateur, and began her professional career later that year.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • Jeanne Sutherland Named WGCA Founders Award Recipient

    Jeanne Sutherland, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Southern Methodist University, has been named the 2017 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Founders Award recipient. Sutherland will be recognized on Tues day, December 13, 2016 during the WGCA business meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the WGCA Member Convention that takes place on December 11-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Sutherland has served as both Vice President and Division I Representative of the WGCA during her coaching career. She also mentors young coaches and writes a blog about coaching and playing competitive golf, along with volunteering with Salvation Army, the Dallas Independent School District and the Dallas Ronald McDonald House.

    Sutherland began her coaching career in 1992 at Texas A&M University. She transformed the program into one of the best in the nation, as the Aggies reached postseason play in 13 of her 15 years as a head coach. Prior to her arrival, A&M had not won a tournament in seven years, but Sutherland went on to lead the Aggies to 13 tournament crowns and three Big 12 Conference titles. Sutherland was named Conference Coach of the Year four times while at A&M (1995, 1997, 2006, 2007), as well as Regional Coach of the Year twice (1997, 2007).

    Since arriving at Southern Methodist University in 2011, Sutherland has led the Mustangs to four consecutive postseason berths (2013-16) and two top-three finishes at the American Athletic Conference Championships. She also coached sophomore Jenny Haglund to the to the inaugural AAC individual championship in 2014, giving the program its fourth-ever individual conference champion.

    Throughout her career, Sutherland has coached three All-Americans, six conference champions, three conference Players of the Year, three conference Newcomers of the Year, 32 all-conference selections and 25 All-American Scholars.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • Golfweek to Host Coaches Forum at WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions

    For the third consecutive year, Golfweek will host the Golfweek Coaches Forum with College Golf Analyst Lance Ringler at the annual Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) conventions, which will be held Dec. 12-14 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

    This year for the first time, the national convention will incorporate women’s golf coaches into the panel, and the Golfweek Coaches Forum will feature two of those coaches on its panel – Washington’s Mary Lou Mulflur and Kent State’s Greg Robertson. Illinois’ Mike Small and Georgia’s Chris Haack will represent the men’s teams.

    From Roger Yaffe, Executive Director, Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

    “The WGCA is appreciative of the opportunity to be in included in the 2016 Golfweek Coaches Forum at our upcoming Convention. Represented by Mary Lou Mulflur, head coach of the 2016 NCAA Division I Champion University of Washington and Greg Robertson, one of the upcoming stars in women’s collegiate coaching, our member coaches will certainly walk away with several helpful tools to assist their programs.”

    From Gregg Grost, CEO Golf Coaches Association of America:

    “We’re excited to again partner with Golfweek on the coaches panel at our upcoming convention,” said GCAA CEO Gregg Grost. “The opportunity for all of our attendees from both conventions (GCAA + WGCA) to hear from their peers on a variety of topics should help coaches of all levels continue to develop their programs.”

    Highlights from the featured panelists include:

    Mary Lou Mulflur – Washington Women’s Coach
    • Guided her team to the NCAA title last spring
    • 2016 WGCA National Coach of the Year
    • 2016 + 2015 Golfweek Coach of the Year
    • Three-time Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year (1998, 1999, 2016)
    • Led Huskies to the NCAA Regionals in 24 of the 25 years since the regional format was introduced
    • Inducted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013

    Greg Robertson – Kent State Women’s Coach
    • 2015 MAC Coach of the Year
    • Three MAC Player of the Year recipients
    • 2006 Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year (Purdue men’s coach)
    • 2014 + 2015 MAC Champions
    • One All-American Scholar on 2016 team
    • 4 team wins in 2016

    Mike Small – Illinois Men’s Coach
    • Seven Big Ten Championship titles in the last eight years
    • Coached seven Big Ten Players of the Year
    • Four consecutive NCAA Regional Championship titles
    • 2015 Dave Williams National Coach of the Year
    • Recognized as Big Ten Coach of the Year 10 times
    • Inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame

    Chris Haack – Georgia Men’s Coach
    • Two National Championships (1999 and 2005)
    • Two-time National Coach of the Year
    • Five-time SEC Coach of the Year
    • Inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame (2012)
    • Palmer Cup captain (2001 and 2006)
    • Eight SEC Championships (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2016)

    “This segment of the convention seems to be growing in popularity and I am very excited to see the women’s coaches included in this forum,” said Lance Ringler. “The Q&A format of the session has allowed the coaching bodies to hear how some of the most respected and recognized coaches in the game deal with the many issues surrounding the operation of a college golf program, and I think it truly helps in continuing to grow the game.”

    The Golfweek Coaches Forum will help close out the convention and take place on Wednesday Dec. 14 9:30-10:45 a.m.

    About Golfweek
    Founded in 1975, Golfweek is the most authentic, authoritative and independent voice in golf. Serving enthusiasts who are truly passionate about the game of golf, the Golfweek brand was acquired by Gannett in October 2016 and includes Golfweek magazine, Golfweek Digital Network and Golfweek Custom Media.

    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 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 Golf Coaches Association of America
    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.

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  • PGA TOUR Caddy Joe Skovron Announced as Speaker at WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Joe Skovron, caddy for PGA TOUR star Rickie Fowler, will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to working with Fowler, Skovron coached at La Verne, leading the program to a NCAA Division III Championships runner-up finish.

    With Skovron on his bag, Fowler has consistently found himself ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking. He has six wins worldwide and represented the United States in three Ryder Cups and one Presidents Cup. In 2014, Fowler placed in the top five in all four majors. He claimed PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 2010.

    “The WGCA is looking forward to having Joe Skovron at our convention,” said WGCA President Kristi Knight. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our coaches to gain insight from the PGA Tour caddie who has helped Rickie Fowler win tournaments and been a part of Ryder Cup action. Many times college coaches take on the role of caddie. Joe's knowledge and experience is something we can learn from and take to our players.”

    “Joe Skovron will give our coaches an incredible perspective as a PGA Tour Caddy for Rickie Fowler,” said GCAA President Andrew Sapp. “Hearing of his experiences helping Rickie in the Majors and at events like the Ryder Cup will be invaluable. Often times as college coaches we act as caddies for our players during a round and learning from Joe will not only be a unique experience, but a valuable one that we can take back to our campuses and directly affect our players.”

    Skovron played collegiately at La Verne where he twice earned PING All-America honors. He also excelled in the classroom, twice earning Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004.

    Following his graduation from La Verne, Skovron played professionally for three years before returning to his alma mater to coach. The Leopards finished second at the 2009 NCAA Division Championships under his direction. Mitchell Fedorka was named Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol recipient and was joined on the PING All-America First Team by Rizal Amin and Andrew Kramer.

    An inductee into the La Verne Athletic Hall of Fame, Skovron currently serves the school as a volunteer assistant coach.


    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 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 Golf Coaches Association of America
    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.

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  • Nancy McDaniel of University of California Berkeley to be Inducted into WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame

    Nancy McDaniel, Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of California Berkeley, will be inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, December 11, 2016. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. McDaniel becomes the 49th member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame.

    The founding coach of the University of California, Berkeley women's golf team, McDaniel is in her 22nd season as head coach of the Bears. She has built the program from the bottom up, leading the team to nine NCAA Championships appearances during her career, highlighted by three top five finishes that includes a program-best fourth-place showing in 2004.

    Under McDaniel, the Bears have reached the NCAA Regional 17 consecutive seasons, including a first-place finish at the Central Regional in 2003. McDaniel also coached an individual medalist, as Sophia Sheridan won the West Regional in 2005.

    During the 2002-03 season, McDaniel directed Cal to a national-best seven tournament titles, including the Bears' first Pac-10 and NCAA regional crowns, propelling them to an all-time best national ranking of No. 2 by Golfstat heading into the NCAA Championships. That year, she earned numerous coaching accolades including WGCA Coach of the Year, LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Coach of the Year, Golfweek Magazine's Coach of the Year, Pac-10 Coach of the Year and WGCA Western Regional Co-Coach of the Year, and was also honored as California's Athletic Alumni Association's Big C Society Coach of the Year.

    McDaniel’s players have garnered 21 Pac 10/12 First or Second team selections, 17 All-America honors and 26 All-American Scholar honors, and she coached Cal’s first individual NCAA Champion, Sarah Huarte, in 2004.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • Mark Guadagnoli Announced as Speaker at WGCA and GCAA Conventions

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Mark Guadagnoli will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Dr. Guadagnoli is a Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology at the UNLV School of Medicine and specializes in optimizing performance, communication, leadership, and learning. He has published more than 100 articles and abstracts and is the author of two books, Human Learning; Biology, Brain, and Neuroscience, and Practice to Learn, Play to Win.

    Dr. Guadagnoli’s primary line of research is related to the Challenge Point Framework, which has been used to help corporate executives, surgeons, medical professionals, and others who compete in high performance situations. He has been invited to present his work in various countries around the world and has worked in performance optimization with athletes in numerous sports, but his specialization is in golf. He has worked with PGA, LPGA, and Web.com tour winners, Ryder Cup members, more than 30 NCAA All-Americans, a US Amateur Public Links Champion, Masters and US Open participants, Arnold Palmer Cup member, Canadian National Team members, a Junior World Champion winner, a World Amateur Team Championships winner, and the winner of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Championship, the University of Washington

    In addition to his university work, Dr. Guadagnoli has had an active consulting practice for nearly 20 years. His client list includes Zappos.com, where he developed their corporate university (Zappos University), developed and ran executive off sites, and worked on performance optimizations with their executive team. He has also worked with corporate optimization and executive development with companies such as DaVita Healthcare Partners, Gemvara, Grammarly, and Naturebox, as well as research and consulting for Bose, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Google, Sony, and Panasonic.

    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 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 Golf Coaches Association of America
    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.

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  • Jackie Booth Named Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient

    Jackie Booth, Head Women’s Golf Coach at New Mexico State University, has been named the 2017 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor. Booth will be recognized on Sunday evening, December 11, 2016 at the WGCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

    “This is a tremendous honor,” said Booth. “It has been a joy to influence players during their college years. I always felt I was in college and never had to graduate.“

    Booth served as Vice President of the WGCA for five years and was also spent four years on the NCAA Women’s Golf Committee and three years on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee. Booth has also guided many of her players into coaching careers, and has contributed thousands of hours of community service in free clinics and volunteering opportunities with her teams.

    “Volunteering for committees taught me more than I felt I gave in return,” said Booth. “I have learned a lot about golf, but to me the life lessons and examples of people I worked with were the reward.”

    Booth played collegiate golf at Brigham Young University before beginning her coaching career in 1982 as an assistant coach for New Mexico State. She was then promoted to head coach of the Aggies in 1992, where she was a three-time Big West Coach of the Year (1995, 1996, 1997) and led her team to two NCAA Championships appearances (1996, 1997).

    Booth then spent 10 years as head coach of the University of New Mexico’s women’s golf program, where she led the Lobos to four consecutive Mountain West Conference Championships (2000-03) and was named MWC Coach of the Year for three straight seasons (2001-03).

    After returning to New Mexico State University as a co-head coach in 2007, Booth took the reins in 2012 and has since led the Aggies to three consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles and three straight NCAA Championships appearances.

    In her 19 years as a head coach or co-head coach, student-athletes earned All-American honors eight times, All-Conference honors 50 times and All-Scholar honors 68 times. One of her greatest accomplishments has been helping her student-athletes earn a diploma, as she has had 11 student-athletes graduate within four years and 46 others graduate after four years.

    Booth was inducted into the US Bank/New Mexico State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005, and into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and 2005.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • Misty Hyman Announced as Speaker at WGCA Member Convention

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Misty Hyman will serve as the keynote speaker at the upcoming WGCA Member Convention on Dec. 12-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Hyman won the Gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, coming from behind to break the American record and win the 200-meter butterfly. A graduate of Stanford University, Hyman is a 28-time All-American who won 13 U.S. and five NCAA national titles, and was also crowned NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 1998.

    Hyman’s knowledge of the sport comes from two decades of competitive swimming for two of American’s top swim coaches, and she is recognized as a pioneer of the sport for her innovative underwater dolphin kick.

    Currently, Hyman is the senior assistant coach for the Arizona State University swimming program and offers personalized and private coaching at The Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley, Ariz. She also hosts clinics and camps throughout the country. As a motivational speaker, she helps athletes, students, and corporations alike set and reach seemingly unattainable goals.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • Steven Yellin Announced as Speaker at WGCA Member Convention

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Steven Yellin will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA Member Convention on Dec. 12-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Yellin is the founder of the Fluid Motion Factor program and teaches at the Leadbetter Golf Academy in Orlando. His program has been taught in 12 sports, including seven professional sports. He has developed a certification program for golf instructors that has been taken by some of the top golf teachers around the world, including the National Coach of Denmark and the Olympic coach of France. Yellin has produced two DVD’s, one for golf and one for bowling, and he will be videotaping a certification program for beginning and intermediate golfers in the fall.

    Yellin has worked with players on the PGA, LPGA, and European Tour that have combined to win over $70 million and four major championships, including: Lee Janzen, two-time winner of the US Open, Scott McCarron, runner-up in the 2016 Senior British Open, Robert Allenby, winner of 22 tournaments around the world, Cameron Beckman, three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Maria Hjorth, five-time winner on the LPGA Tour and vice-captain of the 2015 European Solheim Cup team, Gaby Lopez, LPGA player and runner-up in the 2015 NCAA championship, 2016 US Amateur runner-up and 2015 PGA Junior Champion Brad Dalke and 2015 Ladies British Amateur Open Champion Celine Boutier. He has also worked with the 2016 Danish National Team and the 2016 French Women’s Olympic team.

    In addition, five of the 24 teams that competed in the 2016 Women’s NCAA National Championship went through the Fluid Motion Factor program, including the winning team, University of Washington.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • Bo Hanson Announced as Speaker at WGCA Member Convention

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Bo Hanson will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA Member Convention on Tuesday, December 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Hanson is a four-time Olympian, and made history as the youngest-ever rowing Olympian for Australia in 1992 before going on to win Bronze medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Following his athletic career, Hanson and a team of colleagues founded Athlete Assessments in 2007. Athlete Assessments created the first online sports-specific behavioral profiling tools for athletes, sports teams and coaches, called the AthleteDISC, CoachDISC and Sports ManagerDISC profiles.

    Hansen has worked with some of the world’s most successful coaches and athletes, and his current client list spans teams from all four professional football codes (AFL, NRL, FFA and ARU) in Australia to more than 100 of the top US college programs. In addition, he has been training and presenting to premier companies such as American Express, Fairfax Digital and Media, The Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Macquarie Bank, Insurance Australia Group, Telstra and many others.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • Jon Gordon Announced as Speaker at WGCA and GCAA Conventions

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Jon Gordon will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions on Dec. 12-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    “We are thrilled that Jon is speaking at our convention,” said WGCA President Kristi Knight. “He will provide all of our coaches with valuable insight and information on creating and maintaining team environments for success.”

    “Having Jon Gordon speak at our golf coaches convention is a wonderful opportunity,” stated GCAA President Andrew Sapp. “With his books and his work with both professional teams and Corporate America, he has a wealth of knowledge about team building that he can share with all of our coaches. Having read some of his books I am personally looking forward to hearing him speak.”

    Gordon is a best-selling author of numerous books including The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and The Carpenter. His principles have been used by numerous NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits, and he has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers.

    With a client list that includes the Atlanta Falcons, LA Clippers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer and West Point Academy, Gordon is one of the most sought after speakers in the world today. He is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • McCormick Featured Instructor at WGCA and GCAA Conventions

    Cameron McCormick, one of golf’s top teachers, will be the featured instructor at the WGCA and GCAA national conventions held Dec. 12-14 in Las Vegas. The 2015 PGA of America Teacher of the Year, McCormick teaches all levels of golfers.

    "We are honored to have Cameron McCormick speak at our coaches convention,” stated WGCA President Kristi Knight. "Our goal is to provide educational opportunities and information that will continue the development of our coaches and their players. He teaches players ways to practice that will maximize their ability to perform at a high level."

    “The opportunity to have one of the top PGA Golf Instructors in the world in Cameron McCormick speak at our annual coaches convention is incredible,” said GCAA President Andrew Sapp. “One of the objectives of our Coaches Convention is to help educate our coaches so they can bring that information back to their teams. We are very excited to have Cameron come and share his experiences of working with the world’s greatest golfers.”

    McCormick began coaching golf in his home country of Australia in 1998. Moving to the United States in 2000 he brought with him the coaching principles honed under the tutelage of the Victorian Institute of Sport coaches.

    With a background in competitive golf, both collegiate, amateur and professional; in addition to knowledge in the biomechanics, motor learning and psychology domains, McCormick has developed an international reputation as a sought-after coach to players at, or aspiring to, high levels of competitive mastery.

    McCormick’s client list covers the gamut from beginner to elite players. He is most well known for coaching 2015 Masters and U.S. Open Champion Jordan Spieth, since the age of 12, and 2011 US Women’s Open Champion So Yeon Ryu. His clients, past and present, include over 20 combined PGA, Champions, Web.com and LPGA Tour players & four of the last eight USGA Junior Amateur champions.

    McCormick is the founder of Altus Performance and serves at the Director of Instruction at the Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas. He is a Golf Digest Top 50 instructor, a Golf Magazine Top 100 teacher and in 2015 was named the PGA of America Teacher of the Year.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • Laura Lonardi Named Recipient of the 2016 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award

    Baylor University senior Laura Lonardi has been named recipient of the 2016 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).

    Lonardi was named a WGCA Second Team All-American after leading Baylor with a 72.39 stroke average during the season. She placed fifth at the NCAA Bryan Regional, where she earned an individual NCAA Championship berth. Lonardi tied for 27th at the NCAA Championship, which was the sixth-best individual NCAA Championship result in program history.

    A double-major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Lonardi is a four-time WGCA All-American Scholar and graduates Baylor University with a 3.960 cumulative GPA.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • Lindenwood University Captures WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award

    CORAL SPRINGS, Florida (July 20, 2016) – The Lindenwood University women’s golf team has been named the recipient of the 2015-16 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 2015-16 season. Lindenwood’s 10 team members had an average GPA of 3.901.

    The WGCA also announced the top 25 teams with the highest team GPA. The full list can be found via the link below:

  • Women’s Collegiate Golf All-American Scholars Announced for 2015-16

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars were announced today with a total of 828 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 2015-2016 WGCA All-American Scholar Team can be found via the link below:

  • Mary Lou Mulflur Named 2015-16 DI Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year

    Mary Lou Mulflur, head coach of the recently crowned NCAA Champion University of Washington Huskies, has been named the 2015-16 Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year for Division I women’s collegiate golf as announced this morning on the Golf Channel.

    Mulflur has been the head coach at her alma mater for 33 years and led the program to its first ever national title on May 25. The University of Washington won 3-2 over defending champion Stanford University, a final so close that it came down to two matches that went to overtime.

    The WGCA Hall of Fame inductee has led Washington to 23 NCAA Regional appearances, including the last nine straight, and 12 trips to the NCAA Championships during her tenure.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • WGCA Announces 2015-16 DI Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2015-16 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 top three per region, based on the vote, are considered by the Committee for the Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year.

    The 2015-16 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year are as follows:

    East Region Coach of the Year: Emily Bastel Glaser, University of Florida
    Central Region Coach of the Year: Emily Fletcher, Northwestern University
    West Region Coach of the Year: Mary Lou Mulflur, University of Washington

    The Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year will be announced on Monday, June 6 on Morning Drive on the Golf Channel, set to air from 7-9 a.m. ET.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • Maddi Swaney Named Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Maddi Swaney, Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at Kent State University, has been named the 2015-16 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

    Swaney has served as the assistant coach at her alma mater since 2011. During her tenure, Kent State women's golf has had five NCAA Regional appearances and two of the three NCAA Championship individual appearances in the history of the program. In April, the Golden Flashes won the MAC Championship for a record 18th consecutive year, the most conference titles any sport as ever won in a row since the MAC's inception. Kent State concluded the season with an eighth-place finish at the Bryan Regional, just two strokes shy of advancing to the NCAA Championship.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • Kristi Knight Announced as WGCA President for 2016-18

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced its new Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2016. After serving as the organization’s vice president for the last two years, Kansas State University head women’s golf coach Kristi Knight will begin her term as president.

    “I’m really excited to be the next President of the WGCA,” said Knight. “It’s such a great organization that’s filled with so many wonderful coaches and people. I’m surrounded by a great board and I’m really looking forward to assisting the entire membership and continuing to move the WGCA forward.”

    “This is a really exciting time in women’s collegiate golf,” continued Knight. “It’s probably the sport that has improved the most in the last 10 years as far as talent, ability and scoring, and it’s deeper than it’s ever been in terms of the number of good quality teams. Two years into the new match play format, we’ve had two thrilling NCAA Championships, and every year the sport is making positive strides. I’m excited about helping women’s collegiate golf continue to grow.”

    Knight has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2011 when she began as the Division I Representative. She then proceeded to serve two other terms for the WGCA, Division I Director and subsequently Vice President. She has been the head women's golf coach at Kansas State for 20 years, making her the longest-tenured head women's golf coach in the Big 12.

    In addition, University of Wisconsin head women’s golf coach Todd Oehrlein will serve as the vice president and is set to take over presidential duties in 2018. Oehrlein most recently served as the organization’s Division I Director and has been the head coach at Wisconsin since 2003.

    Amy Bond moves to the Immediate Past President position after serving a two-year term as President. Bond served as the association’s Treasurer (2008-12) and Vice President (2012-13) prior to taking over presidential duties in December of 2013. She recently wrapped up her sixth season as the head women’s golf coach at Florida State University, where she has led the Seminoles to six consecutive NCAA Championship appearances.

    The full list of the 2016-17 Board of Directors includes:

    Kristi Knight, President
    Kansas State University

    Todd Oehrlein, Vice President
    University of Wisconsin

    Angie Ravaioli-Larkin, Associate VP 1
    Texas Christian University

    Amy Bush-Herzer, Associate VP 2
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Golda Borst, Associate VP 3
    University of Kentucky

    Trelle McCombs, Secretary
    Texas A&M University

    Kevin Williams, Treasurer
    East Carolina University

    Melissa Luellen, Division I Representative
    Auburn University

    Clarissa Childs, Division II Director
    Newberry College

    Bryan Clarke, Division II Representative
    University of West Florida

    Mary Jo McCloskey, Division III Director
    George Fox University

    Vince Lazar, Division III Representative
    DePauw University

    Ginger Brown-Lemm, Communications Director
    Mississippi State University

    Lisa Strom, Assistant Coach Representative
    The Ohio State University

    Amy Bond, Immediate Past President
    Florida State University

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • WGCA Announces Division II Awards

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2015-16 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
    Isabel Jimenez-Perea, Tarleton State University

    WGCA Division II Co-Freshmen of the Year
    Tilda Larsson, Barry University
    Ann Parmerter, Dallas Baptist University

    WGCA Division II Kim Moore Spirit Award
    Ashtyn Brown, University of Indianapolis

    Division II Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
    Julie Garner, Rollins College

    Division II Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
    South Region Coach of the Year: Julie Garner,
    Rollins College Central Region Coach of the Year: Scott Varner, Northeastern State University
    East Region Coach of the Year: Brent Nicoson, University of Indianapolis
    West Region Coach of the Year: Jerry Doyle, Tarleton State University

    WGCA Division II All-American Teams
    First Team
    Aldana Foigel, Freshman, Nova Southeastern University
    Hally Leadbetter, RS Senior, Rollins College
    Felicia Leftinger, Senior, Florida Institute of Technology
    Tilda Larsson, Freshman, Barry University
    Ann Parmerter, Freshman, Dallas Baptist University
    Isabel Jimenez-Perea, Senior, Tarleton State University
    Kasey Petty, Senior, University of Findlay
    Gabrielle Shipley, Senior, Grand Valley State University
    Lexie Toth, Sophomore, Rollins College
    Elaine Wood, Junior, University of Montevallo

    Second Team
    Marie Coors, Junior, Saint Leo University
    Annie Dulman, Senior, Rollins College
    Nicky Ferre, Senior, Barry University
    Katharina Keilich, Freshman, University of Indianapolis
    Brittany LaPadula, Junior, Florida Institute of Technology
    Paige Lyle, Junior, Rollins College
    Guro Rambjoer, Junior, Florida Institute of Technology
    Marla Souvannasing, Sophomore, University of Central Oklahoma
    Marisa Toivonen, Junior, Augustana University
    Paloma Vaccaro, Sophomore, University of West Florida

    Honorable Mention
    Kelly Contreras, Sophomore, St. Mary’s University
    Paxton DeHaven, Sophomore, University of Indianapolis
    Vilde Eriksen, Sophomore, Saint Leo University
    Maria Paola Fioro, Senior, Barry University
    Jamie Freedman, Sophomore, Nova Southeastern University
    Amanda Jakobsson, Sophomore, Saint Leo University
    Glory Jangthongsiri, Senior, West Texas A&M University
    Lauren Lamm, Junior, University of West Florida
    Sophie Madden, Freshman, Nova Southeastern University
    Marvi Monsalve, Junior, California Baptist University
    Beatriz Prados, Junior, Tarleton State University
    Baylee Price, Junior, Northeastern State University
    Casey Wild, Sophomore, Tarleton State University
    Sydney Williams, Senior, Dallas Baptist University

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • Cheyenne Knight Named WGCA Freshman of the Year

    Cheyenne Knight of the University of Alabama 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.

    Knight, a native of Aledo, Tex., posted a team-low 72.28 stroke average and recorded six top 10 finishes, including a victory at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. She was Alabama’s top finisher at the NCAA Championship, tying for fourth place with a school-record 72-hole score of 282 (-6). Knight also led the Crimson Tide at the SEC Championship, placing third overall to help Alabama capture its third-ever conference title.

    Knight was Alabama’s top finisher in nearly half of the team’s tournaments over the course of the season and netted 11 rounds under par, including six in the 60's.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • 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 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship joining the First Team selections that were released earlier today.

    WGCA Second Team All-Americans
    Tiffany Chan, Junior, University of Southern California
    Lauren Coughlin, Senior, University of Virginia
    Stephanie Lau, Freshman, Northwestern University
    Esther Lee, Junior, University of Colorado
    Harang Lee, Junior, University of Georgia
    Laura Lonardi, Senior, Baylor University
    Robynn Ree, Freshman, University of Southern California
    Frida Gustafsson Spang, Senior, East Carolina University
    Mariah Stackhouse, Senior, Stanford University
    Charlotte Thomas, Senior, University of Washington
    Emma Talley, Senior, University of Alabama
    Monica Vaughn, Junior, Arizona State University

    WGCA Honorable Mention All-Americans
    Gabby Barker, Sophomore, Texas Tech University
    Sarah Burnham, Sophomore, Michigan State University
    Karen Chung, Junior, University of Southern California
    Sandy Choi, Junior, Duke University
    Marissa Chow, Senior, Pepperdine University
    Daniela Darquea, Junior, University of Miami
    Maria Fassi, Freshman, University of Arkansas
    Emma Henrikson, Senior, San Diego State University
    Jillian Hollis, Freshman, University of Georgia
    Linnea Johansson, Junior, Oklahoma State University
    Yupaporn Kawinpakorn, Senior, University of Kansas
    Jennifer Kupcho, Freshman, Wake Forest University
    Ying Luo, Senior, University of Washington
    Elizabeth Szokol, Senior, University of Virginia
    Maria Torres, Junior, University of Florida
    Dewi Weber, Freshman, University of Miami
    Bethany Wu, Freshman, UCLA

    These All-Americans join the following WGCA First Team All-Americans announced earlier today:

    Virginia Elena Carta, Freshman, Duke University
    Katelyn Dambaugh, Junior, University of South Carolina
    Hannah Kim, Sophomore, Northwestern University
    Lauren Kim, Senior, Stanford University
    Cheyenne Knight, Freshman, University of Alabama
    Bronte Law, Junior, UCLA
    Leona Maguire, Sophomore, Duke University
    Anna Newell, Sophomore, University of Tennessee
    Linnea Strom, Freshman, Arizona State University
    Bailey Tardy, Freshman, University of Georgia
    Lilia Vu, Freshman, 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

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • Bronte Law Named PING WGCA Player of the Year

    UCLA junior Bronte Law has been named the PING WGCA Player of the Year, the organization’s highest player honor for 2015-16.

    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

    Law, a native of Stockport, England, posted a 70.61 stroke average while notching seven top five finishes. She has three tournament victories this season, including the Stanford Intercollegiate, the PING/ASU Invite, and the NCAA Bryan Regional, and six total career victories, which ties Kay Cockerill for the most in school history. In addition, her score of 209 at the regional championships tied the course record for a 54-hole score.

    Law netted 20 rounds under par and 11 in the 60's over the course of the season, and her stroke average is the lowest in a single season since Lorena Ochoa’s average of 70.13 in 2002. She placed ninth in stroke play competition at the NCAA Championship with a score of 284 (-4) and helped UCLA earn the top seed in 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 nearly 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 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship being held at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

    WGCA First Team All-Americans
    Virginia Elena Carta, Freshman, Duke University
    Katelyn Dambaugh, Junior, University of South Carolina
    Hannah Kim, Sophomore, Northwestern University
    Lauren Kim, Senior, Stanford University
    Cheyenne Knight, Freshman, University of Alabama
    Bronte Law, Junior, UCLA
    Leona Maguire, Sophomore, Duke University
    Anna Newell, Sophomore, University of Tennessee
    Linnea Strom, Freshman, Arizona State University
    Bailey Tardy, Freshman, University of Georgia
    Lilia Vu, Freshman, 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 this afternoon.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • Columbia University’s Jackie Chulya Named the Recipient of the 2016 Dinah Shore Trophy

    Jackie Chulya of Columbia University has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Dinah Shore Trophy. Chuyla hails from Bangkok, Thailand, where she devotes most of her summers working and volunteering in her community.

    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.

    As a junior, Chuyla was unanimously named the 2016 Ivy League Player of the Year after finishing with the second-best scoring average in program history (74.95). She set the single-season record for the most birdies made (62) and Par-4 scoring (4.16) and was also named the co-winner of the William Terminello award, most valuable player of the Columbia Women’s Golf Team.

    Chulya is not only is a major contributor to her golf team, but she is heavily involved in her school’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Thai Club. As vice president of Thai Club, she promotes Thai culture across the campus through food festivals, carnivals and study breaks. While excelling in golf and staying involved at school, Chulya maintains a 3.82 GPA.
    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 Columbia University women’s golf program.

    Former winners of this prestigious award include: East Carolina University’s Katie Kirk (2015), University of Arkansas’ Emily Tubert (2014), Michigan State University’s Caroline Powers (2013), North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson (2012), University of California’s Pia Halbig (2011), University of Central Florida’s Katie Detlefsen (2010), Duke University’s Amanda Blumenherst (2008, 2009), University of Arkansas’ Stacy Lewis (2007) and the 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, Vanderbilt University graduate and an honorary member of the LPGA and LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. The Dinah Shore Trophy Award has contributed more than $174,000 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, the Kraft Nabisco Championship (now the ANA Inspiration) 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.
    Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives. Key funding priorities include: junior golf programs; scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to The LPGA Foundation, please go to www.lpgafoundation.com.
    About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
    The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different 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 dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

  • Meghan Theiss Receives WGCA Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award

    UNCW senior Meghan Theiss has received the 2016 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.

    Theiss, a LaGrange, Ky., native, started her college career at the University of Louisville where she earned WGCA All-American Scholar Team honors her freshman year. She then transferred to UNCW where she ended the 2014 fall season with a scoring average of 75.42. In January of 2015, she underwent her second hip surgery since the age of 12, this time for a torn labrum in her right hip. Meghan began seven months of grueling physical therapy in hopes of returning for the 2015 fall season. However, during this recovery period, she developed an eating disorder (orthorexia) that forced her to withdraw from school in November.

    “Meghan is a remarkable young woman whose faith, determination and strong will got her through a very difficult time,” said UNCW head coach Cindy Ho. “I knew she would bounce back after the surgery because she is a hard-working individual and really wanted to play golf. What none of us anticipated was that the surgery would lead to an eating disorder that would change her life.”

    With the help of her family and therapists, Theiss became healthy enough to return to school for the 2016 spring semester. After making up exams and continuing treatment, she was permitted to return to the golf course in late February and went on to finish the spring season as the Seahawks’ number two player, averaging a score of 75.75 in 24 rounds with four top 20 finishes. Theiss capped her comeback with a career-high sixth-place finish at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship on April 17 and went on to earn All-CAA Second Team honors.

    Through all of her challenges physically, Theiss persevered in the classroom and stayed committed to being a student-athlete. Despite outside struggles, she still managed to earn Dean’s List honors for every semester of her college career. She is a WGCA All-American Scholar, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a two-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient and a two-time recipient of UNCW’s Golden Seahawk award.

    “Meghan’s positive attitude and perseverance during this entire time was amazing,” said Ho. “She had a lot of mental and physical issues to work through and I am so proud of her for how she handled herself once she returned to campus in January. These are all remarkable achievements that seemed out of reach back in November.”

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • WGCA Announces Division I All-Region Teams

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced its All-Region Teams for Division I Women’s Golf for the 2015-16 season. The All-Region teams are based on the top ten finishers and ties at each of the NCAA Regional Championships.

    Baton Rouge Regional
    Elise Bradley, Senior, Louisiana State University
    Virginia Elena Carta, Freshman, Duke University
    Sandy Choi, Junior, Duke University
    Katelyn Dambaugh, Junior, University of South Carolina
    Lea Garner, Senior, Brigham Young University
    Leonie Harm, Freshman, University of Houston
    Leona Maguire, Sophomore, Duke University
    Linnea Strom, Freshman, Arizona State University
    Charlotte Thomas, Senior, University of Washington
    Maria Torres, Junior, University of Florida
    Karolina Vlckova, Junior, University of Florida

    Bryan Regional
    Olivia Cason, Freshman, University of Louisville
    Alice Chen, Sophomore, Furman University
    Daniela Darquea, Junior, University of Miami
    Jillian Hollis, Freshman, University of Georgia
    Bronte Law, Junior, UCLA
    Laura Lonardi, Senior, Baylor University
    Bianca Pagdanganan, Freshman, Gonzaga University
    Krystal Quihuis, Sophomore, University of Arizona
    Bailey Tardy, Freshman, University of Georgia
    Lindsey Weaver, Senior, University of Arizona
    Dewi Weber, Freshman, University of Miami

    Shoal Creek Regional
    Matilda Castren, Junior, Florida State University
    Sarah Cho, Sophomore, Northwestern University
    Linnea Johansson, RS Junior, Oklahoma State University
    August Kim, Junior, Purdue University
    Kacie Komoto, Junior, Northwestern University
    Marianne Li, Freshman, University of California, Berkeley
    Janet Mao, Freshman, Northwestern University
    Kim Metraux, Sophomore, Florida State University
    Catherine Peters, Senior, University of Michigan
    Lauren Stephenson, Freshman, Clemson University
    Emma Talley, Senior, University of Alabama

    Stanford Regional
    Sarah Burnham, Sophomore, Michigan State University
    Tiffany Chan, Junior, University of Southern California
    Casey Danielson, Junior, Stanford University
    Alexandra Kaui, Junior, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Jennifer Kupcho, Freshman, Wake Forest University
    Elizabeth Mallett, Senior, University of North Carolina
    Mariah Stackhouse, Senior, Stanford University
    Elizabeth Szokol, Senior, University of Virginia
    Gabriella Then, Junior, University of Southern California
    Alana Uriell, Sophomore, University of Arkansas
    Rio Watanabe, RS Sophomore, Ohio State University
    Andrea Wong, Senior, University of California, Davis

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • WGCA Announces Division II All-Region Teams

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced its All-Region Teams for Division II Women’s Golf for the 2015-16 season. The All-Region teams consist of the top 10 players in each region and are selected by the WGCA Division II Awards Committee, with the winner of each regional tournament receiving an automatic selection. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

    Central Region
    Anna Frandsen, Freshman, Arkansas Tech
    Rachel Gray, Senior, Concordia St. Paul
    Emily Israelson, Sophomore, Augustana University
    Sierra Langlie, Sophomore, Augustana University
    Charter Lawson, Senior, Northeastern State University
    Daniela Martinez, University of Central Oklahoma
    Shi Qing Ong, Missouri Western State University
    Baylee Price, Junior, Northeastern State University
    Kayla Schroeder, Senior, Northeastern State University
    Marla Souvannasing, Sophomore, University of Central Oklahoma
    Marisa Toivonen, Junior, Augustana University
    Kali Trautman, Sophomore, Augustana University

    South Region
    Marie Coors, Junior, Saint Leo University
    Annie Dulman, Senior, Rollins College
    Aldana Foigel, Freshman, Nova Southeastern University
    Jamie Freedman, Sophomore, Nova Southeastern University
    Brittany LaPadula, Junior, Florida Tech
    Tilda Larsson, Freshman, Barry University
    Hally Leadbetter, RS Senior, Rollins College
    Felicia Leftinger, Senior, Florida Tech
    Lexie Toth, Sophomore, Rollins College
    Paloma Vaccaro, Sophomore, University of West Florida
    Elaine Wood, Junior, University of Montevallo

    East Region
    Brooke Beegle, Senior, University of Indianapolis
    Paxton DeHaven, Sophomore, University of Indianapolis
    Kasey Frazier, Senior, Wheeling Jesuit University
    Ali Green, Senior, Ashland University
    Julie Guckian, Junior, Grand Valley State University
    Katharina Keilich, Freshman, University of Indianapolis
    Kasey Petty, Senior, University of Findlay
    Kaitlin Neumann, Junior, Ashland University
    Gabrielle Shipley, Senior, Grand Valley State University
    Shelby Warner, Junior, University of Findlay

    West Region
    Kelly Contreras, Sophomore, St. Mary’s University
    Glory Jangthongsiri, Senior, West Texas A&M
    Isabel Jimenez-Perea, Senior, Tarleton State University
    Marvi Monsalve, Junior, California Baptist University
    Ann Parmerter, Freshman, Dallas Baptist University
    Jenn Paul, Sophomore, Western Washington University
    Beatriz Prados, Junior, Tarleton State University
    Erica Wang, Freshman, California Baptist University
    Casey Wild, Sophomore, Tarleton State University
    Sydney Williams, Senior, Dallas Baptist University

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • WGCA Announces Division I Watch List for PING WGCA Player of the Year and WGCA Freshman of the Year

    The WGCA has announced its watch list for the 2015-16 PING WGCA Division I Player of the Year and 2015-16 Division I Freshman of the Year. Both awards will be announced after medial 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 Candidates
    • Katelyn Dambaugh, JR, University of South Carolina. Has a 71.60 scoring average and six top five finishes, including a victory at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and a runner-up finish at the SEC Championships.
    • Bronte Law, JR, UCLA. Scoring averaging of 70.56 with seven top five finishes. Her four tournament victories include the Stanford Intercollegiate, the Bruin Wave Invitational, the PING/ASU Invite, and the NCAA Bryan Regional.
    • Leona Maguire, SO, Duke University. Has a 72.21 scoring average with six top 10 finishes, including a tie for fourth at the Landfall Tradition and a victory at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invite. Maguire won both the 2014-15 PING WGCA Player of the Year Award and the 2014-15 WGCA Freshman of the Year Award.
    • Bailey Tardy, FR, University of Georgia. She is averaging 71.90 and has six top five finishes, including two wins. She has tournament victories at the Windy City Collegiate Championship and the NCAA Bryan Regional.

    The WGCA Freshman of the Year Award is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I women’s golf. Each player must complete a minimum of 15 rounds during the competitive year in order to be considered.

    Freshman of the Year Candidates
    • Maria Fassi, FR, University of Arkansas. She has a 72.56 scoring average and four top 10 finishes, including a tournament victory at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
    • Cheyenne Knight, FR, University of Alabama. Averaging 72.54 and has five top 10 finishes, including a tournament victory at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
    • Robynn Ree, FR, University of Southern California. Has a scoring average of 71.64. She has five top 10 finishes, including a runner-up finish at the Annika Intercollegiate and a victory at the Gold Rush.
    • Linnea Strom, FR, Arizona State University. Averaging 71.93 and has seven top 10 finishes, including a victory at the PAC-12 Championships. In addition, she has runner-up finishes at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational and the Nanea PAC-12 Preview.

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    • Bailey Tardy, FR, University of Georgia. Has a scoring average of 71.90 and eight top 10 finishes, including six in the top five. She has tournament victories at the Windy City Collegiate Championship and the NCAA Bryan Regional.
    • Lilia Vu, FR, UCLA. Averaging 71.79. Her four top 10 finishes include a runner-up finish at the PING/ASU Invitational.

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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  • WGCA Announces Division III Awards

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2015-16 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. Winners were recognized at the WGCA Division III Awards Banquet held in Houston, Texas. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

    PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year
    Caroline Ordian, University of Redlands

    WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year
    Vrishali Sinha, Grinnell College

    WGCA Division III Kim Moore Spirit Award
    Danielle Ellis, Illinois Wesleyan University

    Division III Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
    Nate Parrish, Sewanee: The University of the South

    Division III Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
    East Region Coach of the Year: Bill Kangas, Williams College
    Great Lakes Coach of the Year: Nate Parrish, Sewanee: The University of the South
    Central Region Coach of the Year: Patrick Freeman, Illinois Wesleyan University
    Midwest Region Coach of the Year: Monica Severson, Wartburg College
    West Region Coach of the Year: MaryJo McCloskey, George Fox University

    WGCA Division III All-American Teams
    First Team
    Mackenzie Cohen, Junior, Rhodes College
    Meg Healy, Senior, Rhodes College
    Christina Herbert, Sophomore, Bridgewater College
    Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Sophomore, Wittenberg University
    Emily Javadi, Senior, Sewanee: The University of the South
    Laura Lindsey, Senior, University of Texas at Tyler
    Sydney Maluenda, Junior, George Fox University
    Caroline Ordian, Sophomore, University of Redlands

    Second Team
    Amberlynn Dorsey, Senior, University of Redlands
    Kristin Elich, Sophomore, George Fox University
    Nikki Isaacson, Junior, Rhodes College
    Phoebe Mattana, Sophomore, Williams College
    Phoebe Nguyen, Sophomore, Whitman College
    Emily Salamy, Freshman, Rhodes College
    Vrishali Sinha, Freshman, Grinnell College

    Honorable Mention
    Shiyang Fan, Freshman, Whitman College
    Liza Freed, Sophomore, Washington and Lee University
    Macy Hubbard, Junior, Wittenberg University
    Hailey Ostrom, Senior, George Fox University
    Ziyi Wang, Freshman, Carleton College

    WGCA All-Region Teams
    Region 1/East Region
    Jennifer Bluetling, Freshman, New York University
    Olivia Bowling, Senior, Randolph-Macon College
    LeeAnn Cahoon, Junior, Huntingdon College
    Cordelia Chan, Freshman, Williams College
    Liza Freed, Sophomore, Washington and Lee University
    Christina Herbert, Sophomore, Bridgewater College
    Summer Kitahara, Sophomore, Carnegie Mellon University
    Sophie Kitchen, Junior, Williams College
    Phoebe Mattana, Sophomore, Williams College
    Marin Warring, Senior, Bridgewater College

    Region 2/Great Lakes
    Mackenzie Cohen, Junior, Rhodes College
    Meg Healy, Senior, Rhodes College
    Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Sophomore, Wittenberg University
    Macy Hubbard, Junior, Wittenberg University
    Nikki Isaacson, Junior, Rhodes College
    Emily Javadi, Senior, Sewanee: The University of the South
    Larisa Luloff, Freshman, DePauw University
    Rachele Miller, Freshman, DePauw University
    Emily Salamy, Freshman, Rhodes College
    Maggie Smith, Senior, Wittenberg University

    Region 3/Central
    Chloe DiPetrillo, Freshman, Washington University in St. Louis
    Danielle Ellis, Senior, Illinois Wesleyan University
    Jordan Koehler, Freshman, Illinois Wesleyan University
    Kayla Meyer, Senior, Carthage College
    McKenzie Paul, Junior, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
    Vidushi Sinha, Freshman, Grinnell College
    Vrishali Sinha, Freshman, Grinnell College
    Karson Taphorn, Senior, Illinois Wesleyan University
    Jessica Wibawa, Junior, Washington University in St. Louis
    Connie Zhou, Senior, Washington University in St. Louis

    Region 4/Midwest
    Natalie Amundson, Freshman, College of Saint Benedict
    Rochelle Beardsley, Junior, Wartburg College
    Sydney Busker, Freshman, St. Catherine University
    Abby Conzemius, Junior, St. Catherine University
    Grace Gilmore, Senior, Carleton College
    Brooke Klostermann, Freshman, Wartburg College
    Rachel Morris, Junior, University of St. Thomas
    Christine Piwnica, Sophomore, Bethel University
    Emily Thul, Sophomore, University of St. Thomas
    Ziyi Wang, Freshman, Carleton College

    Region 5/West
    Kaycee Bankert, Junior, Schreiner University
    Elizabeth Davis, Senior, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
    Amberlynn Dorsey, Senior, University of Redlands
    Kristin Elich, Sophomore, George Fox University
    Shiyang Fan, Freshman, Whitman College
    Laura Lindsey, Senior, University of Texas at Tyler
    Sydney Maluenda, Junior, George Fox University
    Phoebe Nguyen, Sophomore, Whitman College
    Caroline Ordian, Sophomore, University of Redlands
    Hailey Ostrom, Senior, George Fox University

    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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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