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  • 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
    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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  • Rise Alexander Named Gladys Palmer Serive Award Recipient

    Risë Alexander, Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has been named the 2016 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor. Alexander will be recognized on Tuesday evening, December 8, 2015 at the WGCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

    Risë Alexander has been a competitive player of the game of golf since 1966, and played her collegiate golf at Oregon State from 1973-77. From there she played professionally for several years on the Women’s Professional Golf Tour. In 1983 she became a reinstated amateur. In total, she has played in 16 USGA National Championships in her competitive career.

    Alexander began her coaching career in 1978, as a part time volunteer assistant coach at Oregon State, and then 1981-83 as volunteer Head Coach for OSU. She began full time coaching in 1990, at her Alma Mater and continued in that position until 2014.

    During Alexander’s career she served as a member of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association as a member of the Awards Committee from 1996-1999, and Second Vice President of the WGCA from 1999-2004, which had responsibility for the selection of All Americans, All Scholars, and Hall of Fame Selections. In 2004, she became the Division I Director for the WGCA, responsible for the Coaches Poll voting committee, the US-Japan Match selections, and the US-China Match selection process. From 2008-2010, she served as the President of the WGCA and from 2010-2011 as the Past President.

    From 1995-97, Alexander served on the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional Selection Committee for the Far West District. In both 2005 and 2010, Rise was instrumental in bringing the NCAA Championship to the state of Oregon. She served as tournament host for both the 2000 and 2005 NCAA Women’s Division I Golf Championships. In addition, in 2001, she served as Co-Tournament Director for the NCAA West Women’s Regional hosted by OSU.

    In her career, Risë has always remained an avid supporter of Amateur Golf and Junior Golf. While at Oregon State she hosted numerous Jr. Golf Camps and worked at least eleven other private and Nike sponsored junior golf camps as well as several High School Clinics for Oregon High School Girls Golf and Coaching clinics for Oregon High School Coaches.

    One of her most emotional memories of her coaching service remains the Habitat for Humanity project that many WGCA coaches participated in following Hurricane Katrina. In the span of her 27 years of coaching she has also had the pleasure of working with many former players and assistant coaches that have gone on to become head coaches in Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf.

  • Laurie Gibbs to be Inducted Into the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame

    Laurie Gibbs, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Pepperdine University, will be inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening, December 8, 2015. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Gibbs becomes the 48th member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame.

    Recognized by her peers as one of the top collegiate women’s golf coaches in the country, Laurie Gibbs is in her 23rd season as head coach of the Pepperdine women’s golf team in 2015-16. During her tenure, Gibbs has taken a program that started out with limited resources and funding and turned it into one of national prominence. Through her tireless work ethic and diligent recruiting, Gibbs has Pepperdine contending for a national championship on a yearly basis.

    The last 17 seasons have established Pepperdine as one of the nation’s top golf programs. The Waves have appeared in the NCAA Championships 11 times, with eight top-10 finishes and four top-five showings, including a program-best second-place result in 2003. Her players have earned All-American honors 27 times. Gibbs has led Pepperdine to West Coast Conference championships in 17 of the last 18 years, including a current streak of 14 titles that began in 2002. Over the course of her career, the Waves have won 49 team tournament titles and have had 47 individual medalist honors.

    Gibbs’ efforts nearly paid off with a national title in 2003 as she guided the Waves to their most successful season in school history. Pepperdine claimed a program-record five straight tournament titles at one point and finished second at the NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. The Waves finished second in the final Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, and also achieved a program first that season as they gained a #1 national ranking during the spring in both rankings.

    Gibbs was selected the 2004-05 National Coach of the Year by Golfweek, was tabbed the West Region Coach of the Year on two occasions (1999 and 2003) and has been honored 12 times as the WCC’s Coach of the Year (1998, ‘99, ‘00, ‘02, ‘03, ‘05, ‘06, ’07, ’08, ’10, ’12 and ‘15). She has also been honored twice as Pepperdine’s Coach of the Year (1998-99 and 2002-03).

    After serving on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee, Gibbs was selected to serve a four-year term (2003-07) as one of three coaches on the Division I NCAA Women’s Golf Committee. She also served on the USGA/NCAA Intercollegiate Committee. Prior to being hired as the head women’s golf coach at Pepperdine, Gibbs was a PGA teaching professional at the nearby Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles and competed on the Women’s Western Professional Golf Tour. In addition to playing and teaching, Gibbs authored and marketed ProTips, a quick reference guide for golfers. Gibbs attended and played collegiate golf at Long Beach State on an athletic scholarship and graduated from Santa Monica College.

  • Sorenstam and Hattori to be Inducted Into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame

    Annika Sorenstam of the University of Arizona and Michiko Hattori of the University of Texas will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening, December 8, 2015. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Sorenstam and Hattori become the 65th and 66th members of the WGCA Players Hall of Fame.

    In her 15 years as a golf professional, Annika Sorenstam achieved legendary status and transcended her sport to become a prominent mainstream athlete and celebrity. Throughout her storied career, she has rewritten the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards and events, and brought unprecedented attention to women’s golf. Her career has changed how women’s golf is played, watched and covered, and she continues to have a positive impact on all of women’s sports. Sorenstam enrolled at the University of Arizona in the fall of 1990 and won seven titles during her collegiate career. She was the first foreign born and first freshman to win the individual NCAA Championship. She also was the co-recipient of the 1991 PING WGCA Player of the Year Award, was the 1992 Pac-10 Champion and was named to the 1991-1992 WGCA All-American team. In 1992, she was a runner up for the Player of the Year Award and finished second to Vicki Goetze at the United States Women’s Amateur Golf Championship.

    Michiko Hattori was among the most decorated amateur and collegiate golfers in history. At age 16 in 1985 she became the third youngest, and only Japanese born, champion of the U.S. Women's Amateur, and in 1986 became the first golfer to win medalist honors at the U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S. Girls' Junior in the same year. Her storied collegiate career at the University of Texas included 10 individual titles. Hattori was named the PING WGCA Player of the Year in 1989. She was the 1990 recipient of the Honda-Broderick Award for Golf. Among her achievements included finishing in the top ten in 38 of 40 events in which she competed during her four years at Texas. Hattori had three individual top-ten finishes at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship, was a four time first-team WGCA All-American, and four time Southwest Conference Player of the Year.

  • Commander Mark McGinnis Keynote Speaker at WGCA Convention

    Mark McGinnis, U.S. Navy SEAL commander, will be the keynote speaker at the WGCA and GCAA national conventions held Dec. 7-9 in Las Vegas.

    "The WGCA is honored to have Commander McGinnis speak at our National Convention in December,” stated WGCA President Amy Bond. "His background and experience as both an athlete and Navy SEAL will serve as an exciting kickoff to our convention."

    “A high priority for the member coaches of the GCAA is developing the ability to build, organize and inspire teams through effective leadership,” said GCAA President Conrad Ray. “We are excited to have Commander Mark McGinnis join us this year at our national convention to share his expertise in these areas. His background in college athletics, as well as with the Navy SEALS, gives him a very interesting platform to share experiences and teaching. We are honored to have him as our keynote speaker.”

    Originally from Monroe, North Carolina, Commander Mark McGinnis began his celebrated military career at the United States Naval Academy where he was a four-year member of the varsity football team. After graduating from the USNA in 1993, Commander McGinnis went on to achieve a decorated 17-year career defending his country as a U.S. Navy SEAL. During his time as a SEAL, Commander McGinnis held all manner of leadership positions in what is considered the most highly trained and dedicated force in the field of global special operations.

    Following his time in the service, Commander McGinnis moved into the public sector working as a regional sales director for a Fortune 500 medical company. Drawing on his experiences from the military, athletics and the corporate world, he founded SEAL Leadership LLC, through which he advocates a message of communication, accountability, and teamwork to his many clients. Recognized as an expert in the field of leadership and team-building, Commander McGinnis’ experience allows him to lead his clients through the process of attaining a SEAL-like level of elite performance that is equal parts inspiring, captivating, and challenging.


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    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 over 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

    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.

  • WGCA Announces All-Scholar Team GPA Award Recipients

    The University of New Mexico Women’s Golf Team has been honored as the recipient of the 2014-2015 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 14-15 season. New Mexico’s six team members had an average GPA of 3.799.

    The WGCA also announced the top 25 teams with the highest Team GPA. They are as follows:

    Place University Team GPA
    1st University of New Mexico 3.799
    2nd Concordia University - St. Paul 3.783
    3rd Florida Gulf Coast University 3.781
    4th Creighton University 3.778
    5th Concordia University, Nebraska 3.774
    6th Upper Iowa University 3.773
    7th St. John's University 3.771
    T-8th East Tennessee State University 3.731
    T-8th Houston Baptist University 3.731
    10th University of Findlay 3.730
    11th University of Memphis 3.729
    12th University of Louisville 3.720
    13th Cleveland State University 3.708
    14th Keiser University 3.693
    15th Vanderbilt University 3.687
    16th University of Detroit Mercy 3.684
    T-17th Jacksonville University 3.680
    T-17th Northeastern State University 3.680
    19th Eastern Michigan University 3.673
    20th Wittenberg University 3.672
    21st Baylor University 3.661
    22nd Rockhurst University 3.657
    23rd Coastal Carolina University 3.648
    24th New Mexico State University 3.644
    25th Butler University 3.641

  • WGCA Announces 2014-15 All-American Scholar Receipients

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars were announced today with a total of 758 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.