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  • Fall Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking Released

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

     

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

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

     

    For more information visit arnoldpalmercup.com.

     

    United States

    Men

    Rank  Name                     School                       Percent

    1        Justin Suh               Southern California     .9986

    2        Davis Riley              Alabama                     .9985

    3        Steven Fisk             Georgia Southern       .9981

    4        Brandon Wu            Stanford                     .9961

    5        Doug Ghim             Texas                         .9951

    6        Zach Bauchou         Oklahoma State          .9951

    7        Hayden Shieh         Santa Clara                 .9942

    8        Collin Morikawa       California                    .9937

    9        Braden Bailey          Baylor                         .9927

    10      Chandler Phillips     Texas A&M                  .9917

    11      Matthew Wolfe        Oklahoma State          .9912

    12      Shintaro Ban           UNLV                          .9893

    13      Will Zalatoris           Wake Forest               .9893

    14      Brad Dalke              Oklahoma                   .9893

    15      Philip Knowles        North Florida              .9888

    16      Bryson Nimmer      Clemson                    .9873

    17      Dawson Armstrong Lipscomb                   .9869

    18      Patrick Fishburn      BYU                            .9864

    19      Will Gordon            Vanderbilt                  .9863

    20      Hayden Buckley      Missouri                     .9849

    21      Kyle Mueller            Michigan                     .9844

    22      Mason Overstreet   Arkansas                    .9839

    23      Theo Humphrey      Vanderbilt                  .9819

    24      Garrett May            Baylor                         .9814

    25      Norman Xiong        Oregon                       .9800

     

    Women

    Rank  Name                     School                       Percent

    1        Lauren Stephenson Alabama                     .9994

    2        Andrea Lee             Stanford                     .9988

    3        Lilia Vu                   UCLA                          .9988

    4        Sophia Shubert       Texas                         .9971

    5        Kristen Gillman       Alabama                     .9947

    6        Emilia Migliaccio       Wake Forest               .9941

    7        Jennifer Kupcho      Wake Forest               .9935

    8        Maddie McCrary      Oklahoma State          .9929

    9        Alana Uriell             Arkansas                    .9929

    10      Robynn Ree            Southern California     .9923

    11      Dylan Kim               Arkansas                    .9911

    12      Natalie Srinivasan   Furman                      .9906

    13      Bethany Wu            UCLA                          .9888

    14      Sarah Burnham      Michigan State            .9870

    15      Mariel Galdiano       UCLA                          .9852

    16      Elsa Moberly           Eastern Kentucky       .9835

    17      Hannah Kim            Northwestern             .9805

    18      Mika Liu                  Stanford                     .9799

    19      Kenzie Neisen         Oklahoma State          .9770

    20      Anna Redding         Virginia                       .9757

    21      Emilee Hoffman      Texas                         .9752

    22      Beth Lillie                Virginia                       .9752

    23      Cheyenne Knight    Alabama                     .9751

    24      Amanda Doherty    Florida State               .9697

    25      Kaitlyn Papp           Texas                         .9680

     

    International

    Men

    Rank   Name                               School                         Country              Percent

    1          Fredrik Nilehn                   Texas Tech                   Sweden                .9858

    2          Harry Ellis                         Florida State                 England                .9834

    3          Jovan Rebula                    Auburn                         South Africa          .9790

    4          Peng Pichaikool                 Mississippi State           Thailand               .9775

    5          Alvaro Ortiz                       Arkansas                      Mexico                 .9712

    6          Carl Yuan                          Washington                  China                    .9678

    7          Stefano Mazzoli                 TCU                              Italy                     .9663

    8          Lukas Euler                       Kentucky                      Germany              .9653

    9          Matthias Schmid               Louisville                      Germany              .9624

    10        Ivan Ramirez                    Texas Tech                   Colombia              .9599

    11        Hurly Long                        Texas Tech                   Germany              .9594

    12        Simon Zach                      Louisville                      Czech Republic     .9577

    13        Viktor Hovland                  Oklahoma State            Norway                 .9574

    14        KK Limbhasut                   California                      Thailand               .9563

    15        Jesper Svensson               Campbell                      Sweden                .9551

    16        Alex Del Rey                     Arizona State                Spain                    .9547

    17        Alejandro Tosti                 Florida                          Argentina             .9527

    18        Lorenzo Scalise                Tennessee                   Italy                     .9496

    19        Kristoffer Ventura             Oklahoma State            Norway                 .9496

    20        Harry Hall                         UNLV                            England                .9452

    21        Pavan Sagoo                    Saint Mary’s                  England                .9404

    22        Grant Booth                      Nevada                         Australia               .9395

    23        Paul McBride                     Wake Forest                 Ireland                 .9369

    24        Denzel Ieremia                 Iowa State                   New Zealand        .9340

    25        Conor Purcell                    Charlotte                      Ireland                 .9311

     

    women

    Rank   Name                               School                         Country              Percent

    1          Maria Fassi                       Arkansas                      Mexico                 .9965

    2          Leona Maguire                  Duke                            Ireland                 .9959

    3          Linnea Strom                    Arizona State                Sweden                .9923

    4          Patty Tavatanakit              UCLA                            Thailand               .9917

    5          Maddie Szeryk                  Texas A&M                    Canada                 .9882

    6          Leonie Harm                     Houston                       Germany              .9876

    7          Jaravee Boonchant           Duke                            Thailand               .9864

    8          Ainhoa Olarra                    South Carolina              Spain                    .9852

    9          Dewi Weber                      Miami                           Netherlands         .9846

    10        Paz Marfa Sans                 Michigan State              Spain                    .9817

    11        Robyn Choi                       Colorado                      Australia               .9811

    12        Olivia Mehaffey                 Arizona State                Northern Ireland  .9811

    13        Julienne Soo                     Oklahoma                     Australia               .9752

    14        Alice Hewson                    Clemson                      England                .9740

    15        Kirsty Hodgkins                Colorado                      Australia               .9711

    16        Ana Belac                         Duke                            Slovenia               .9711

    17        Siyun Liu                          Wake Forest                 China                    .9704

    18        Wenyung Keh                   Washington                  New Zealand        .9704

    19        Hee Ying Loy                     East Tennessee State   Malaysia               .9699

    20        Pimnipa Panthong             Kent State                    Thailand               .9668

    21        Albane Valenzuela             Stanford                       Switzerland          .9656

    22        Muni He                            Southern California       China                    .9633

    23        Michaela Finn                    Kent State                    Sweden                .9621

    24        Celia Barquin Arozamena  Iowa State                   Spain                    .9615

    25        Morgane Metraux              Florida State                 Switzerland          .9609

  • Marisa Baena, Stacy Prammanasudh and Angela Stanford to be inducted into WGCA Players Hall of Fame

    Marisa Baena of the University of Arizona, Stacy Prammanasudh of the University of Tulsa and Angela Stanford of Texas Christian University will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, December 10, 2017. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Baena, Prammanasudh and Stanford become the 70th, 71st and 72nd members of the WGCA Players Hall of Fame.

    Baena completed her three-year career at Arizona as one of the most successful golfers in the school’s history. A three-time First-Team All-American and three-time All-Pac-10 selection, she led the team to numerous No. 1 rankings, two Pac-10 championships, two NCAA West Regional championships and the program’s first-ever NCAA title. She captured nine individual crowns in her career, including a postseason hat trick of the individual NCAA Championship, NCAA West Regional and Pac-10 titles in 1996. After three seasons with the Wildcats, Baena chose to forego her final year of eligibility to begin her professional career.

    Prammanasudh ended her career at the University of Tulsa as just the second player in school history to earn WGCA First-Team All-America honors each of her four years. She competed in all 44 collegiate tournaments during that span and won 10 individual titles, including both the Western Athletic Conference Championship and the NCAA Central Regional in 2002, to finish just one win shy of the school record of 11 tournament wins. A three-time WAC Player of the Year, Prammanasudh was ranked among the top-10 golfers in the nation throughout her entire collegiate career. She also excelled in the classroom, taking home the Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award in 2001. She went on to play professionally from 2004-2013 and was recently inducted to the University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Stanford made history while at Texas Christian University as she is the program’s only four-time WGCA All-American, earning three Second Team honors before landing a spot on the First Team her senior year. She won 10 tournament titles while at TCU, including the 2000 Western Athletic Conference Championship, and was named the WAC Player of the Year in 1999. In 2010, she was inducted into the TCU Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame. Stanford has gone on to have a successful professional career, racking up five career LPGA victories, and has been a member of six U.S. Solheim Cup teams, including the 2007, 2009 and 2005 winning squads.

    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.

  • Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll of Michigan State University to be Inducted into the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame

    Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Michigan State University, will be inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, December 10, 2017. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Slobodnik-Stoll becomes the 50th member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame. 

     

    In her 20 seasons as head coach, Slobodnik-Stoll has led the Michigan State women’s golf team to 18 NCAA Regional appearances (1999-2014, 2016-17), 11 trips to the NCAA Championships (2000-03, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012-14, 2017), and six Big Ten titles (2001, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017). Additionally, the Spartans have won 35 tournaments during this span. Slobodnik-Stoll is a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001, 2007, 2012, 2017) and was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1999.

     

    Slobodnik-Stoll’s players have garnered 43 All-Big Ten selections, four Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year titles, three Big Ten Freshman of the Year titles, six All-America honors and 38 All-American Scholar honors.

     

    In 2017, Michigan State claimed its fourth Big Ten title in seven years before going on to tie for its best-ever finish at an NCAA Regional, placing third in the Athens Region. The Spartans earned a spot in the NCAA Championships for the 11th time in program history, where they placed 19th.

  • Karen Palacios-Jansen Announced as Speaker at WGCA Member Convention

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

    Palacios-Jansen is a certified personal trainer, a Nike Golf Performance Specialist and Pilates instructor, and is the founder of Swing Blade Enterprises. She developed a golf-specific fitness system called Cardiogolf, a battery of exercises designed to improve body movement and swing technique.

     

    Named the 2008 LPGA National Teacher of the year, Palacios-Jansen has been voted as one of the LPGA’s “Top 50 Best Teachers”. She is a former David Leadbetter trained instructor and Jim McLean Golf School master instructor, and has been a member of the LPGA T&CP since 1994. In 2016, Karen was elected, by her peers, Vice-President of the LPGA T&CP.

     

    Palacios-Jansen has appeared on The Golf Channel and is a regular content contributor to 'Golf Digest Magazine’s’-Fitness Friday column and other online platforms. She is the former managing editor for ‘Golf Fitness Magazine’ and her blog ‘Cardiogolf’ is read by thousands of golfers each week.

  • Tony Dovolani to Address WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    PGA Player and Coaching Development Committee member and “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer, choreographer and instructor Tony Dovolani will address the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Conventions December 11-13 in Las Vegas.

                                    

    Dovolani joined “Dancing with the Stars” in the second season and quickly became a fan favorite with his stellar choreography, elegance and bright smile. Dovolani and his dance partner Melissa Rycroft were season 15 “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” Mirror Ball Trophy champions.

     

    Dovolani is honored to serve on the PGA Player and Coaching Development Committee and looks forward to contributing to the future of professional golf. He enjoys hitting the links whenever his schedule allows, playing in Pro-AM and charity tournaments including American Century Golf Championship, The Humana Challenge Golf Tournament, Michael Douglas and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament and Emmitt Smith’s charity tournament. He led his team to two wins at The ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic.

     

    In June 2016 Tony established the Tony Dovolani Foundation: Golf for Special Needs Children, which combines his passion for golf with helping others. The inaugural tournament raised funds for the Only You Foundation while the second edition’s proceeds were donated to the Kennedy Center’s Autism Project.

     

    Dovolani’s professional body of work includes guest-hosting segments on “EXTRA,” the Golf Channel’s “The Morning Drive” and on ABC syndicated show “On The Red Carpet.” He guest starred on TV Land’s “The Exes” and recently did a cameo appearance on CBS TV’s “Kevin Can Wait.” Dovolani played Latin bad boy competitor, ‘Slick Willy,’ in the hit film “Shall We Dance.” He was a dance instructor on the film and had the privilege of coaching and working with Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, and Stanley Tucci. He was also featured as a special guest on the Dancing with The Stars: Las Vegas show. He is a frequent guest on “Good Morning America” giving viewers his special insight into the world of “Dancing with the Stars”.

  • Scott Fawcett to Present at WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    DECADE course management system creator Scott Fawcett will present at the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Conventions December 11-13 in Las Vegas.

    The DECADE Course Management System has solved golf strategy by combining shot distribution patterns and PGA Tour scoring statistics. When Fawcett combined those two data sets he created a simple way to optimize target selection. Good players know if a pin is closely guarded by a lake to favor the center of the green – but how much? DECADE quickly generates the optimal target that will produce the lowest score based on distance, hazards, and hole location.

    DECADE in action is a simple process that does all the work for a player. Millions of shots were analyzed to determine the optimal target for any shot.  The result is an easy addition to the player’s routine that actually takes less time than the typical process of selecting a target.

  • Dr. Bob Rotella to Speak at WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    Dr. Bob Rotella, recognized as one of the top sport psychologists in the world, will speak at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions on Monday, December 11 in Las Vegas.

    Dr. Rotella’s golfers on the PGA Tour have won a total of 74 major professional titles, including British Open Champions Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke, Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, US Open Champion Graeme McDowell, and Keegan Bradley, winner of the PGA Tour Championship. He has also worked with athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB and NCAA, as well as the U.S. Olympic Ski and Equestrian teams. 

    As a teacher, Dr. Rotella has been selected as one of the top 10 golf teachers of the 20th century and directed the Sports Psychology Department at the University of Virginia, the leading graduate program in the country, for 20 years. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Golf Digest and is a columnist for the publication. He is the past president of the North American Association for Applied Sports Psychology and a contributing editor for the Sport Psychology Journal.

    Dr. Rotella is an author of numerous books, including Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, which is the best-selling sport psychology book of all time and one of the three best-selling golf books in history.

  • Damon Goddard to Speak at WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    Co-Founder and Director of Performance of Goddard Golf Fitness Damon Goddard will speak at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions on Monday, December 11 in Las Vegas.

    Goddard has over 20 years of experience in the sports performance and fitness industry and specializes in golf performance conditioning. He is the performance coach for a host of PGA, LPGA, Web.com, Symetra, Collegiate, and elite level junior golf athletes.

    Based in Dallas, Texas, Goddard Golf Fitness has created a multi-disciplinary approach towards changing the shape of the game of golf. They have one goal in mind – and that is to “bear the standard” in the golf fitness industry through bio-mechanical golf-specific programming and physiological recovery. To broaden their influence, they have created a robust mentorship program that allows them to integrate strength coaches in key growth areas for country clubs across the world.

    Goddard and his team have worked with some of the world’s best golf athletes, including Jordan Spieth, Carlos Ortiz, Kelly Kraft, Si Woo Kim, Sei Young Kim, Il Hee Lee and many more.

  • Dottie Pepper to Speak at WGCA And GCAA National Conventions

    Two-time major champion and current CBS golf analyst and reporter Dottie Pepper will speak at the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Conventions December 11-13 in Las Vegas.

                                    

    A celebrated collegiate and amateur player, Pepper was a three-time All-America selection, Southern Conference Athlete of the Decade and University Athlete of the Year and two-time University Female Athlete of the Year while competing at Furman. A member of the 1986 United States Curtis Cup team, Pepper was low amateur at the 1984 US Women’s Open and won the Symetra Tour’s Colonie Open as an amateur.

     

    Pepper is best known for her success on the LPGA tour where she won 17 times, including twice at the Nabisco Dinah Shore (now the ANA Inspiration). She competed in six Solheim Cups, posting a 13-5-2 record and leading Team USA to four victories, and was assistant captain in 2013. Pepper was the 1992 LPGA Player of the year and claimed the Vare Trophy and GWAA Female Player of the Year Award the same season. She was twice named the South Carolina Professional Athlete of the Year and in 1993 won the ESPY for Best Female Golfer and the Jim Thorpe Award. In addition to her 17 official LPGA victories, Pepper won nine unofficial events and once on the LPGA of Japan Tour.

     

    After announcing her retirement from the LPGA Tour on July 1, 2004, Pepper became lead LPGA analyst for the Golf Channel from 2004-2009. Additionally, from 2004-12 she served as on-course commentator and analyst for NBC Sports for PGA Tour, Champions Tour, USGA and PGA of America events. Pepper also served as a regular contributing columnist for Sports Illustrated Golf Plus from 2005-12. From May 2013 to April 2017, she served as a golf analyst, reporter and contributing writer for ESPN.com and ESPNW.com. Pepper currently works as a golf analyst and reporter for CBS Sports.

     

    Outside of her playing and media career, Pepper was a member of the PGA of America Board of Directors from 2012-2015 and in 2015 served on the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leadership advisory council. She also spent six years as an independent board member to the Northeastern New York PGA Section. From 2000-2010 she hosted the Loxahatchee Club LPGA Pro-Am. Pepper is co-author of children’s books Bogey Tees Off (Vols. 1 and 2) and Bogey Ballton’s Night Before Christmas.

     

    - GCAA/WGCA -

     

    About the GCAA:

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

     

    About the WGCA:

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

  • VISION54 Co-Founders Lynn Marriott & Pia Nilsson Announced as Speakers at WGCA & GCAA Conventions

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) have announced Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson, co-founders of VISION54, will serve as featured instructors at the upcoming WGCA and GCAA National Conventions December 11-13 in Las Vegas.

                                    

    VISION54 is a breakthrough program and golf school based at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. VISION54's Golf Schools, 54GOLF, have been awarded the "Best Golf School in America" multiple times, while the Coach Programs, 54COACH, have repeatedly received the highest marks by peers of training for teachers/coaches.

     

    Lynn and Pia are the two highest ranked female instructors in America, and are regularly featured among Golf Digest's Top 50 Greatest Teachers. The pair has coached players to well over one hundred tour victories on the LPGA Tour, PGA Tour, European Tour, Ladies European Tour, and Japan Tour. They've coached nine different major winners and three #1 ranked players in the world. Lynn and Pia are the authors of four best-selling books, including their newest release Be a Player.

     

    - WGCA/GCAA -

     

    About the WGCA:

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 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, AJGA Align to Provide Dual Membership to College Coaches

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) announced a new initiative to provide dual memberships for women’s college golf coaches in 2018.

    “The WGCA is excited about the enhancement to our partnership with the AJGA,” said WGCA Board of Directors President Kristi Knight. “The fact that coaches who join the WGCA will now be provided coaches corner benefits with the AJGA at no extra cost provides both a recruiting and a financial benefit to our coaches. This is a win – win for both the WGCA and the AJGA.”

    As part of the new joint membership program available on August 31, WGCA member coaches can access the AJGA’s Coaches Corner, which houses important recruitment information such as contact information, swing videos and player resumes. WGCA members will also receive results from all AJGA tournaments, credentials and promotion on tournament scoreboards including on-site displays of TaylorMade-adidas Golf Live Scoring.

    “Since 2007, we have seen our female membership grow by almost 75 percent,” said AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin. “With that in mind, this partnership creates a perfect alignment with our mission to help junior golfers, especially girls, reach their dream of college golf. We look forward to providing opportunities for exposure to more college golf programs around the country.”

    Over the past 10 years, more than 7,000 alumni have reported signing a National Letter of Intent to play college golf. The AJGA has implemented several strategies to continue to grow this number, including offering Senior Showcase events in December, coinciding with the college golf coaches’ conventions in Las Vegas, and February to give seniors who have not yet made a college golf decision the opportunity to showcase their interest. Ten of the past 11 NCAA Division I Women's Golf individual champions have been AJGA alumni.

    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.   

    About the AJGA
    The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 6,600 members from 50 states and 55 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.

    TaylorMade-adidas Golf became the AJGA’s National Sponsor in 2016 after more than 25 years of support. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2017, adidas joined the AJGA as a Premier Partner, serving as the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA.

    AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 830 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.

  • Mark Laesch Award Recipients Announced

    The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) have announced the recipients for the first annual Mark Laesch Awards. Teams were recognized based on improvement in adjusted stroke average per individual per round from the 2015-16 to 2016-17 seasons (denoted in parenthesis below).

    WGCA recipients included LIU Brooklyn (6.7) in Division I, Division II’s Regis (6.42), and Transylvania (10.15) from Division III.

    For the GCAA honorees were North Dakota State (2.29) from Division I, Division II’s Saginaw Valley State (3.51), Division III’s Rosemont College (24.07), Corban (12.72) of NAIA, Dodge City CC (0.99) from NJCAA Division I, and NJCAA Division II’s Southeast CC (4.40).

    - GCAA/WGCA -

    WGCA:
    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.

    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.

  • 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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