Announcements

  • Jacksonville University Captures 2016-17 WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award

    The Jacksonville University women’s golf team has been named the recipient of the 2016-17 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 2016-17 season. Jacksonville’s 6 team members had an average GPA of 3.924.

    The WGCA also announced the top 25 teams with the highest team GPA. They are as follows:
     
    1. Jacksonville University, 3.924
     2. University of Louisiana at Monroe, 3.865
     3. University of New Mexico, 3.861
     4. Lindenwood University, 3.853
     5. University of North Florida, 3.842
     6. East Carolina University, 3.840
     7. Coastal Carolina University, 3.820
     8. East Tennessee State University, 3.816
     9. University of Cincinnati, 3.812
     10. Illinois State University, 3.799
     11.Butler University, 3.797
     T-12. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 3.784
     T-12. Pomona-Pitzer, 3.784
     14. Lynn University, 3.783
     15. Bowling Green State University, 3.775
     16. Cleveland State University, 3.763
     17. University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 3.761
     18. Georgia State University, 3.757
     19. California Baptist University, 3.746
     20. Seton Hall University, 3.736
     21. University of Denver, 3.725
     22. University of Toledo, 3.723
     23. Maryville University of St. Louis, 3.710
     24. Rutgers University, 3.708
     25. New Mexico State University, 3.703

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

  • Leona Maguire Named Recipient of the 2017 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award

    Duke University junior Leona Maguire has been named recipient of the 2017 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award.

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

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

    Maguire was named a WGCA First Team All-American after breaking her own school record to post an NCAA-best 70.29 stroke average during the season. She posted eight top five finishes, including a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships, and never finished lower than sixth place in 10 tournaments.

     

    Maguire was named the PING WGCA Player of the Year following the season, becoming just the fifth player in history to win the award multiple times. She is also one of only two student-athletes to be named the PING WGCA Player of the Year and recipient of the Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award in the same year, sharing the honor with fellow Blue Devil Amanda Blumenherst (2006).

    A three-time WGCA All-American Scholar, Maguire has a 3.934 cumulative GPA as a psychology major.

     

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

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

     

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  • Women's Collegiate Golf All-American Scholars Announced for 2016-17

  • WGCA Announces 2017-18 Board of Directors

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced its new Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2017.

    Changes from the 2016-17 Board of Directors include Lisa Strom of Texas State University as the new Division I Director, Chris Saltmarsh of the Florida Institute of Technology as the new Division II Director, Michael Dugas of Husson University as the new Division III Representative and Maddi Swaney of Kent State University as the new Assistant Coach Representative.

    The full list of the 2017-18 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

    Emily Fletcher, Associate VP 3
    Northwestern University

    Trelle McCombs, Secretary
    Texas A&M University

    Kevin Williams, Treasurer
    East Carolina University

    Lisa Strom, Division I Director
    Texas State University

    Melissa Luellen, Division I Representative
    Auburn University

    Chris Saltmarsh, Division II Director
    Florida Institute of Technology

    Bryan Clarke, Division II Representative
    University of West Florida

    Mary Jo McCloskey, Division III Director
    George Fox University

    Michael Dugas, Division III Representative
    Husson University

    Ginger Brown-Lemm, Communications Director
    Mississippi State University

    Maddi Swaney, Assistant Coach Representative
    Kent 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.

  • Missy Farr-Kaye Named 2016-17 Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year

    Missy Farr-Kaye, head coach of the recently crowned NCAA Champion Arizona State University Sun Devils, has been named the 2016-17 Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year for Division I women’s collegiate golf as announced this morning on the Golf Channel.

    Farr-Kaye has been the head coach at her alma mater for two years, also serving as an assistant coach for 13 years before her promotion in June of 2015. She led the program to a nation-leading eighth NCAA title on May 24, and has now won national titles with the Sun Devils as a player (1990), assistant coach (2009) and head coach (2017). Arizona State also crowned the individual champion at the NCAA Championship, as Monica Vaughn became the program’s sixth individual champion, also a nation best.

     

    Farr-Kaye led ASU to nine top three finishes in 2016-17, including top three finishes in seven of eight spring tournaments. On top of the national title, ASU won four tournaments this season, including the NCAA Lubbock Regional.

  • Puggy Blackmon Named Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Puggy Blackmon, Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at the University of South Carolina, has been named the 2016-17 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

    Blackmon began as the assistant women’s coach at South Carolina in 2010 after 12 years at the helm of the men’s program. During his eight-year tenure, the Gamecocks women's golf team has tallied eight NCAA Championship appearances and won five NCAA Regional titles. In early May, the Gamecocks won the NCAA Columbus Regional, the team’s third straight regional title. South Carolina concluded the season with a 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships, falling just short of a match-play berth. The team’s 291.48 stroke average during the 2016-17 season was the lowest single-season mark in school history.

  • WGCA Announces 2016-17 DI Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2016-17 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 2016-17 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:  Missy Farr-Kaye, Arizona State University

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

  • WGCA Announces 2016-17 Division II Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2016-17 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
    Marie Coors, Saint Leo University

    WGCA Division II Freshman of the Year
    Charlotte Puts, Barry University

    WGCA Division II Kim Moore Spirit Award
    Mikayla Johnson, Malone University

    Division II Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
    Shannon Sykora, Barry University

    Division II Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
    South Region Coach of the Year: Shannon Sykora, Barry University
    Central Region Coach of the Year: Amy Anderson, Arkansas Tech University
    East Region Coach of the Year: Brent Nicoson, University of Indianapolis
    West Region Coach of the Year: Kenny Trapp, Dallas Baptist University

    WGCA Division II All-American Teams
    First Team
    Franziska Bremm, Sophomore, University of West
    Georgia
    Marie Coors, Senior, Saint Leo University
    Pilar Echeverria, Freshman, University of Indianapolis
    Sarah Kim, Senior, Dallas Baptist University
    Tilda Larsson, Sophomore, Barry University
    Brittany LaPadula, Senior, Florida Institute of Technology
    Ann Parmerter, Sophomore, Dallas Baptist University
    Charlotte Puts, Freshman, Barry University
    Casey Wild, Junior, Tarleton State University
    Elaine Wood, Senior, University of Montevallo

    Second Team
    Arin Eddy, Senior, University of Montevallo
    Hanna Harrison, Freshman, Dallas Baptist University
    Abbey Hartsell, Sophomore Lenoir Rhyne University
    Katharina Keilich, Sophomore, University of Indianapolis
    Lauren Lamm, Senior, University of West Florida
    Paola Ortiz, Sophomore, Florida Institute of Technology
    Guro Rambjoer, Senior, Florida Institute of Technology
    Kiira Riihijarvi, Freshman, University of Tampa
    Michelle Ruiz, Junior, Nova Southeastern University
    Paloma Vaccaro, Junior, University of West Florida

    Honorable Mention
    Seher Atwal, Freshman, Rollins College
    Gloria Choi, Sophomore, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
    Annika Haynes, Junior, University of Indianapolis
    Amanda Jakobsson, Junior, Saint Leo University
    Caroline Moore, Redshirt Junior, Lee University
    Marvi Monsalve, Senior, California Baptist University
    Noemie Pare, Freshman, Barry University
    Maria Regina Gonzalez, Sophomore, St. Mary’s University (Texas)
    Johany Rivera, Junior, St. Edward’s University
    Emma Thorngren, Freshman, University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Lexie Toth, Junior, Rollins College
    Shelby Warner, Senior, University of Findlay
    Mary Weinstein, Freshman, Regis University
    Holly Winter, Freshman, West Texas A&M 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 over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

  • Leona Maguire Captures Golfstat Cup

    Leona Maguire, Duke University junior, has been recognized as the 2016-17 Golfstat Cup recipient. The award, presented by Golfstat, is given to the player who has the best scoring average versus par with at least 20 full rounds played during a season.

    Maguire, who hails from Cavan, Ireland, broke her own school record to collect a 70.29 stroke average, while notching eight top five finishes. Maguire netted 21 rounds of even or under par and nine 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.

    The junior had three tournament victories during the season, including the ACC Championships where she helped lead Duke to its 20th team title. She finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships with a 54-hole score of 218 (+2), just one stroke behind the individual champion.

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

     

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  • Andrea Lee Named WGCA Freshman of the Year

    Andrea Lee of Stanford University 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.

     Lee, a native of Hermosa Beach, Calif., posted a 71.62 stroke average and recorded seven top five finishes, including victories at the Windy City Collegiate Championship, East Lake Cup and Peg Barnard Invitational. She was Stanford’s top finisher at the NCAA Championships, placing sixth with a 54-hole score of 220 (+4), just three strokes behind the individual champion. Lee also finished second for the Cardinal at the NCAA Regional in New Mexico, placing eighth overall to help Stanford capture its first-ever regional title.

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

     

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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 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, joining the First Team selections that were released earlier today. 

    WGCA Second Team All-Americans
    Katelyn Dambaugh, Senior, University of South Carolina
    Casey Danielson, Senior, Stanford University
    Martina Edberg, Senior, California State University, Fullerton
    Haylee Harford, Sophomore, Furman University
    Hannah Kim, Junior, Northwestern University
    Amy Lee, Junior, Baylor University
    Haley Moore, Sophomore, University of Arizona
    Pimnipa Panthong, Freshman, Kent State University
    Lauren Stephenson, Sophomore, University of Alabama
    Albane Valenzuela, Freshman, Stanford University
    Elodie Van Dievoet, Sophomore, University of Michigan
    Dewi Weber, Sophomore, University of Miami

    WGCA Honorable Mention All-Americans
    Sarah Burnham, Junior, Michigan State University
    Matilda Castren, Senior, Florida State University
    Mariel Galdiano, Freshman, UCLA
    Kelly Grassel, Senior, University of Florida
    Jillian Hollis, Sophomore, University of Georgia
    My Leander, Senior, San Jose State University
    Harang Lee, Senior, University of Georgia
    Olivia Mehaffey, Freshman, Arizona State University
    Morgane Metraux, Junior, Florida State University
    Victoria Morgan, Senior, University of Southern California 
    Ainhoa Olarra, Junior, University of South Carolina
    Sophia Schubert, Junior, University of Texas 
    Sierra Sims, Senior, Wake Forest University
    Robynn Ree, Sophomore, University of Southern California
    Bailey Tardy, Sophomore, University of Georgia
    Taylor Tomlinson, Junior, University of Florida
    Alex White, Senior, Brigham Young University

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

    WGCA First Team All-Americans
    Kristen Gillman, Freshman, University of Alabama
    August Kim, Senior, Purdue University
    Cheyenne Knight, Sophomore, University of Alabama
    Jennifer Kupcho, Sophomore, Wake Forest University
    Andrea Lee, Freshman, Stanford University
    Leona Maguire, Junior, Duke University
    Linnea Strom, Sophomore, Arizona State University
    Maddie Szeryk, Junior, Texas A&M University
    Maria Torres, Senior, University of Florida
    Monica Vaughn, Junior, Arizona State University
    Lilia Vu, Sophomore, UCLA

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

     

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  • 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 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship being held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. 

    WGCA First Team All-Americans
    Kristen Gillman, Freshman, University of Alabama
    August Kim, Senior, Purdue University
    Cheyenne Knight, Sophomore, University of Alabama
    Jennifer Kupcho, Sophomore, Wake Forest University
    Andrea Lee, Freshman, Stanford University
    Leona Maguire, Junior, Duke University
    Linnea Strom, Sophomore, Arizona State University
    Maddie Szeryk, Junior, Texas A&M University
    Maria Torres, Senior, University of Florida
    Monica Vaughn, Junior, Arizona State University
    Lilia Vu, Sophomore, 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 over 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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  • Leona Maguire Named PING WGCA Player of the Year

    Duke University’s Leona Maguire has been named the PING WGCA Player of the Year, the organization’s highest player honor for 2016-17.

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

     

    ·         Head to head competition

    ·         Comparison with common opponents

    ·         Scoring average

    ·         Place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins

    ·         Strength of schedule

     

    A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire broke her own school record to post an NCAA-best 70.29 stroke average while notching eight top five finishes, including a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. In 10 tournaments this season, she never finished lower than sixth place. She had three tournament victories during the season, including the ACC Championships where she helped lead Duke to its 20th team title. Maguire netted 21 rounds of even or under par and nine 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.

     

    Maguire becomes just the fifth player in history to win the award multiple times, and is the first since 2008 when Blumenherst won her third straight PING WGCA Player of the Year honor.

     

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

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

     

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  • Stanford University’s Casey Danielson Named Recipient of 2017 Dinah Shore Trophy

    Casey Danielson of Stanford University has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Dinah Shore Trophy, cementing her status as one of the top collegiate female golfers who has made an impact through leadership on the course and on society through charitable endeavor.

     

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

     

    A 4-time High School State Champion in Wisconsin, Danielson was a member of the Stanford University women’s golf team that won the 2014 PAC 12 Championship and the 2015 NCAA National Championship. Under her captaincy, Stanford is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation and she led the team to a runner-up spot at the 2016 NCAA National Championship. Known for her exceptional work ethic and leadership qualities, Danielson earned selection to the 2017 All-Pac-12 First Team.

     

    Danielson is not only a major contributor to her golf team but is also heavily involved in community engagement. As a Stanford Golf Camp Counselor, she has helped coordinate camp activities, provide golf instruction and introduce important life skills to kids ages 5-15. She is also a founder of 'Birdies for a Cause' in her home state of Wisconsin, raising money for local and national non-profit organizations by connecting community pledges with golfer performance.

     

    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 Stanford University women’s golf program.

     

    Former winners of this prestigious award include: Columbia University’s Jackie Chulya (2016), East Carolina University’s Katie Kirk (2015), University of Arkansas’ Emily Tubert (2014), Michigan State University alum Caroline Powers (2013), North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson (2012), University of California graduate Pia Halbig (2011), University of

    Central Florida alum and current Symetra Tour member Katie Detlefsen (2010), Duke University grad and LPGA Tour player Amanda Blumenherst (2008, 2009), University of Arkansas alumna and 2012 Rolex LPGA Player of the Year 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, a 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 $184,000 to women's collegiate golf programs, including this year.

     

    About the contributing organizations:

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram and Snapchat at @lpga_tour.

  • Monica Yeates Receives WGCA Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award

    Utah Valley University senior Monica Yeates has received the 2017 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.

     

    “I am honored to know Monica Yeates and the entire Yeates family,” said Utah Valley University Head Coach Sue Nyhus. “Monica has handled many challenges with honor, dignity, and great poise.  She remains positive about herself and others and for that I am so very proud of her.  She is a bright light of hope in a world that includes many examples of entitlement.  Monica relies on hard work, faith, and prayer.  Her strength, enthusiasm, and positive attitude is an example for all on how to live life.”

     

    In May of 2015, Yeates had just completed her sophomore season, earning WGCA All-American Scholar honors for the second straight year, when she began experiencing fatigue and weakness in her legs. Within a few weeks, she was admitted to the hospital and suffered complete paralysis, unable to walk or stand without assistance. After spending three days in the hospital, Yeates began physical therapy in the hopes of rejoining the Utah Valley University golf team for the fall season. However, during her recovery Yeates suffered a pair of emotional setbacks; a month after her hospital stay her father suffered a stroke, followed by the sudden passing of a childhood friend later that summer.

     

    Despite these emotional setbacks, as well as the partial numbness in her hands, feet and torso, Yeates’ continued to improve and by September managed to complete her first 18 holes of golf in four months. However, shortly after, she was once again admitted to the hospital with 90% vision loss in her left eye. Determined to find the cause of these symptoms, Yeates and her family traveled to Scottsdale, Ariz. to see a Neurologist at the Mayo Clinic. It was there that she received her diagnosis of Neuro-Myelitis Optica (NMO), a rare autoimmune disease that can leave victims blind and wheelchair bound within three to five years.

                                                                                                                                                    

    With the help of her family, friends, teammates and therapists, Yeates’ strength and vision improved and she continued to excel in the classroom while also competing in two golf tournaments in the spring of 2016. Just as she felt she was regaining control of her life, she was hit with the news that her father’s cancer had returned after nearly ten years, and that this time there was no cure. While Yeates and her family were dealing with the painful news about her father, her aunt was involved in a tragic zip lining accident and passed away.

     

    Through all the challenges she faced, both physical and emotional, Yeates persevered with a positive attitude. She rejoined the golf team for her senior season and was able to compete in six tournaments during the 2016-17 campaign. In addition, she will graduate Utah Valley University in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

     

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

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

     

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

    The WGCA has announced its watch list for the 2016-17 PING WGCA Division I Player of the Year and 2016-17 Division I Freshman of the Year. Both awards will be announced after medal play at the upcoming NCAA Championship.

     

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



    Player of the Year Watch List
    Leona Maguire, JR, Duke University. Has a 70.00 scoring average and seven top five finishes with three wins, including a victory at the ACC Championships. Maguire won both the 2014-15 PING WGCA Player of the Year Award and the 2014-15 WGCA Freshman of the Year Award.
    Andrea Lee, FR, Stanford University. Scoring average of 71.42 with seven top five finishes. She has tournament victories at the Windy City Collegiate Championship, East Lake Cup and Peg Barnard Invitational.
    Jennifer Kupcho, SO, Wake Forest University. Averaging 70.22 and has seven top five finishes, including three wins. She placed first at the NCAA Athens Regional and runner-up at the ACC Championship.
    Cheyenne Knight, SO, University of Alabama. Has a 70.39 scoring average with six top five finishes, including a runner-up finish at the NCAA Athens Regional. Knight won the 2015-16 WGCA Freshman of the Year Award.
    Martina Edberg, SR, California State University, Fullerton. Scoring average of 71.34 with 10 top five finishes, including six wins. Edberg won the Big West Championship and finished runner-up at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional.
     

    Freshman of the Year Watch List
    Andrea Lee, FR, Stanford University. Has a 71.42 scoring average and seven top five finishes, including three wins.
    Kristen Gillman, FR, University of Alabama. Averaging 71.11 and has five top five finishes, including a victory at the Bryan National Collegiate.
    Pimnipa Panthong, FR, Kent State University. Scoring average 71.06. Her eight top five finishes include two victories.
     

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

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

     

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  • WGCA Announces 2016-2017 Division III National Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the awards for PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year, WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year and Division III Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year. The announcement follows the selection of All-Region teams, All-American teams, Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year and the recipient of the Kim Moore Spirit Award which were awarded at the WGCA Division III Awards Banquet held in Houston, Texas on May 10. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year
    Christina Herbert, Bridgewater College

    Hebert led Division III in scoring average for the 2016-17 season (74.04) and won the NCAA Division III National Championship by two strokes with a four-day total of 293. She repeated as Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year and went on to capture the individual conference crown by six stokes, helping lead Bridgewater to its second straight ODAC team title in the program’s fifth varsity season. Named a WGCA First Team All-American for the second straight year, Herbert took first place in eight of her 11 tournaments during the 2016-17 season.

     

    WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year
    Samantha Haubenstock, Washington University in St. Louis

    Haubenstock tied for fifth at the NCAA Division III National Championships with a school record low score of 299. She placed in the top-five in five other tournaments throughout the season, including three first-place finishes, and finished the season with a stroke average of 75.88 en route to being named a WGCA Second Team All-American. Haubenstock was named the University Athletic Association Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year following her 2016-17 campaign.

    Division III Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
    Mike Clary, Rhodes College

    Clary guided Rhodes to its second consecutive national title and third in the last four years, making the school only the second program in Division III history to win back-to-back national titles. The Lynx put together the second lowest score in NCAA history for a 72-hole round, just two strokes off the record of 1,215.

     

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

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

  • WGCA Announces 2016-2017 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 2016-17 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

    Gloria Choi, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
    Anna Frandsen, Arkansas Tech University
    Hannah Hankinson, Augustana University
    Emily Israelson, Augustana University
    Ebba Moberg, Northeastern State University
    Pia Nunbhakdi, Arkansas Tech University
    Shi Qing Ong, Missouri Western State University
    Baylee Price, Northeastern State University
    Marla Souvannasing, University of Central Oklahoma
    Elin Wahlin, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

    South Region
    Seher Atwal, Rollins College
    Franziska Bremm, University of West Georgia
    Marie Coors, Saint Leo University
    Brittany LaPadula, Florida Institute of Technology
    Tilda Larsson, Barry University
    Paola Ortiz, Florida Institute of Technology
    Charlotte Puts, Barry University
    Lexie Toth, Rollins College
    Paloma Vaccaro, University of West Florida 
    Elaine Wood, University of Montevallo

    West Region
    Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University
    Sarah Kim, Dallas Baptist University
    Abbey McGrew, California State University, Chico
    Marvi Monsalve, California Baptist University
    Ann Parmerter, Dallas Baptist University
    Beatriz Prados, Tarleton State University
    Maria Regina Gonzalez, St. Mary's University (Texas)
    Johany Rivera, St. Edwards University
    Erica Wang, California Baptist University
    Mary Weinstein, Regis University
    Casey Wild, Tarleton State University

    East Region
    Paxton DeHaven, University of Indianapolis
    Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis
    Annika Haynes, University of Indianapolis
    Katharina Keilich, University of Indianapolis
    Kylie Raines, University of Indianapolis
    Maxi Roth, University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Emma Thorngren, University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Makenzie Torres, University of Findlay
    Shelby Warner, University of Findlay
    Meredith Wipper, University of Findlay

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

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

     

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  • WGCA Announces 2016-2017 Division III Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2016-17 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. All-American teams, All-Region teams, Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year and the recipient of the Kim Moore Spirit Award were recognized at the WGCA Division III Awards Banquet held in Houston, Texas.  Winners of the PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year, WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year, and Division III Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year awards will be announced soon after the NCAA Championships. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    WGCA Division III Kim Moore Spirit Award

    Kenzlie Westerfield, DePauw University

     

    Division III Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year

    East Region Coach of the Year: Elizabeth Davis, Amherst College

    Great Lakes Coach of the Year: Mike Clary, Rhodes College

    Central Region Coach of the Year: Ellen Port, Washington University in St. Louis

    Midwest Region Coach of the Year: Eric Sieger, Carleton College

    West Region Coach of the Year: MaryJo McCloskey, George Fox University

     

    WGCA Division III All-American Teams

    First Team

    Liza Freed, Washington and Lee University

    Christina Herbert, Bridgewater College

    Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg University

    Sydney Maluenda, George Fox University

    Caroline Ordian, University of Redlands

    Sydney Weaver, Berry College

     

    Second Team

    Alyssa Akiyama, Carleton College

    Cordelia Chan, Williams College

    Kristin Elich, George Fox University

    Samantha Haubenstock, Washington University in St. Louis

    Macy Hubbard, Wittenberg University

    Margaret Loncki, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

    Emily Salamy, Rhodes College

    Vidushi Sinha, Grinnell College

     

    Honorable Mention

    Johnna Beehner, Methodist University

    Mackenzie Cohen, Rhodes College

    Morgan Loth, The University of Texas at Tyler

    Larisa Luloff, DePauw University

    Mae Meierhenry, Gustavus Adolphus College

    Christine Piwnica, Bethel University

    Alyssa Poentis, New York University

    Nikki Isaacson, Rhodes College

     

    WGCA All-Region Teams

    Region 1/East Region

    Johnna Beehner, Methodist University

    Jennifer Bluetling, New York University

    Cordelia Chan, Williams College

    Liza Freed, Washington and Lee University

    Jamie Gracie, Amherst College

    Elizabeth Gudas, Williams College

    Christina Herbert, Bridgewater College

    Alyssa Poentis, New York University

    Patty Treevichaphan, New York University

    Morgan Yurosek, Amherst College

     

    Region 2/Great Lakes

    Mackenzie Cohen, Rhodes College

    Jorie Hodapp, Berry College

    Jane Hopkinson-Wood, Wittenberg University

    Macy Hubbard, Wittenberg University

    Nikki Isaacson, Rhodes College

    Larisa Luloff, DePauw University

    Meredith Moir, Transylvania University

    Emily Salamy, Rhodes College

    Meghan Symonds, Sewanee: The University of the South

    Sydney Weaver, Berry College

     

    Region 3/Central

    Chloe DiPetrillo, Washington University in St. Louis

    Erin Drolet, Washington University in St. Louis

    Angelica Harris, Washington University in St. Louis

    Samantha Haubenstock, Washington University in St. Louis

    Rachel Hernandez, University of Wisconsin, Stout

    CheyAnn Knudsen, Carthage College

    Jordan Koehler, Illinois Wesleyan University

    Kayla Priebe, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

    Vidushi Sinha, Grinnell College

    Vrishali Sinha, Grinnell College

     

    Region 4/Midwest

    Alyssa Akiyama, Carleton College

    Kaitlyn Alvarez, St. Catherine University

    Abby Conzemius, St. Catherine University

    Brooke Klostermann, Wartburg College

    Mae Meierhenry, Gustavus Adolphus College

    Rachel Morris, University of St. Thomas

    Christine Piwnica, Bethel University

    Ayumi Sakamoto, Carleton College

    Emily Thul, University of St. Thomas

    Ziyi Wang, Carleton College

     

    Region 5/West

    Kaycee Bankert, Schreiner University

    Kristin Elich, George Fox University

    Shiyang Fan, Whitman College

    Emma Kang, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

    Margaret Loncki, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges

    Morgan Loth, The University of Texas at Tyler

    Sydney Maluenda, George Fox University

    Phoebe Nguyen, Whitman College

    Caroline Ordian, University of Redlands

    Stephanie Tutt, The University of Texas at Tyler

     

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

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

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  • WGCA and GCAA To Present Mark Laesch Awards

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) will award the first annual Mark Laesch Awards following this spring’s NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships.

     The Mark Laesch Awards will be presented to the team that showed the greatest improvement from the previous season in adjusted stroke average after the conclusion of their national championship. For the GCAA, programs will be recognized from the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, along with NAIA and NJCAA. NCAA Divisions I, II and III will be honored by the WGCA.

    “We’re both excited and humbled to present these awards that honor a man that had such a great passion and impact on college golf and also recognize a program’s improvement from one season to the next,” said WGCA President Kristi Knight and GCAA President Andrew Sapp in a joint statement. “Mark Laesch was such a positive person that it seems appropriate that an award that acknowledges improvement be bestowed in his honor.”

  • 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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