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Duke Standout Amanda Blumenherst to be Inducted Into WGCA Players Hall of Fame

Amanda Blumenherst, the first three-time PING WGCA Division I Player of the Year for women’s collegiate golf, will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, December 9, 2014. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Blumenherst becomes the 64th member of the Hall of Fame.

Amanda’s prep career signaled success at an early age. She was a four-time Rolex Junior All-America and registered 10 AJGA Tournament titles over the last three years of her junior career. She led her Xavier Preparatory team to the 5A State Championship from 2001-04 and was selected Arizona’s Female High School Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2005.

Blumenherst moved on to college golf and simply dominated its landscape from 2005 – 2009. She kicked off her collegiate career in style being named the PING WGCA Player of Year and Freshman of the Year. She proceeded to become a three-time Golfstat award winner, four-time WGCA All-American and four-time All-ACC honoree. Blumemherst is the only multiple winner of the Nancy Lopez Award (2007, 2008 and 2009) and the Dinah Shore Trophy (2008 and 2009). In her Duke career, she ranks first with 78 rounds of even or under par, first with 37 top 10 finishes, first with 41 top 20 finishes and tied for first with 12 victories. Blumenherst led Duke to 19 team victories, three ACC Championships and two NCAA titles in her four years.

Blumenherst majored in history along with a minor in English and theatre studies. She was a four-time WGCA All-American Scholar and became the second Duke student-athlete to ever be selected a three-time first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America.

Stacy Lewis to be Inducted Into WGCA Players Hall of Fame

Stacy Lewis, former Arkansas great and current #2 player in the world, will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, December 9, 2014. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Lewis becomes the 63rd member of the Hall of Fame.

Diagnosed with scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine) at age 11, Stacy Lewis wore a hard plastic back brace 18 hours a day, for 6+ years, removing it each day only to play golf. When the bracing method failed, she had a metal rod and five screws surgically fused into her spine. Fearing she may never play golf again, she endured nine months of rehab before making the Arkansas golf team and just two years later, won the NCAA individual championship. She ended her collegiate career with a record 12 NCAA tournament wins and ranked the #1 amateur in the country.

Lewis’s numerical accomplishments while at Arkansas are simply staggering. She was a four-time WGCA All-American, seven-time SEC Golfer of the Week, four-time All-SEC First-Team. In 2007, Lewis captured the individual title at the NCAA Championship. She was named the 2007 Dinah Shore Trophy Award winner, received the WGCA All-American Scholar Award all four years of her collegiate career and served as a member of the victorious 2008 U.S. Curtis Cup team, becoming the first player to go 5-0 in Curtis Cup history. Stacy graduated from college where she double-majored in finance & accounting.

Lewis transitioned from collegiate champion to LPGA Tour Star quite nicely. As a pro on the LPGA Tour, she won her 1st major (Kraft Nabisco Championship) in 2011 & after winning four tournaments in 2012, she became the first American in 18 years to win the LPGA’s most prestigious, Player of the Year award. In 2013, she picked up where she left off by winning three events, including her 2nd major – the Ricoh Women’s British Open. On June 2, 2014, Stacy Lewis reached the coveted #1 World ranking for the 2nd time in her career. By the halfway point of 2014, she had won three times and finished in the top 10 an astounding 87% of the time.

Melissa Luellen to be Inducted Into WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame

Melissa Luellen, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Arizona State University, will be inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, December 9, 2014. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Luellen becomes the 47th member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame.

During her tenure with the Arizona State women’s golf program, Melissa McNamara Luellen has achieved the pinnacle of success in every facet of the sport. In 2009, Luellen guided Arizona State to its seventh National Championship, the most titles won by an NCAA program. After the Sun Devils’ NCAA Championship run, she was named the Golf Pride Grip Grips WGCA Coach of the year. While at ASU, Luellen has earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors three times (2006, 2007, 2009) and West Regional Coach of the Year honors four times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009).

At the helm of the winningest women’s golf program in the nation, Luellen has led the Sun Devils to 12-straight NCAA postseason appearances, two Pac-12 titles, and 23 tournament team titles. Under her guidance, the program has also produced an NCAA Individual Champion (Azahara Munoz, 2008), three Pac-10 Golfers of the Year, three WGCA Freshmen of the Year, and 12 golfers named to a total of 20 All-American teams.

Melissa came to ASU after spending two seasons as the head women's golf coach at her alma mater, the University of Tulsa (2001-02). Luellen, a four-time All-American for the Golden Hurricane, succeeded her mother, Dale McNamara, who retired in 2000 following a 26-year career that included four national championships. As a player, she won both an individual NCAA Championship and a team NCAA Championship for the Golden Hurricane.

In her two seasons as Tulsa's head coach, Luellen led her team to seven tournament titles including back-to-back Western Athletic Conference and NCAA Central Regional championships in each year. The 2001-02 season saw her team win five tournaments, including the 2002 PING/ASU Championship at Karsten Golf Course, earn a No. 3 national ranking for most of the season, and finish 12th at the 2002 NCAA Championships. She was named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in each of her two seasons and was the 2002 Central Region Coach of the Year.

UTEP Captures WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award

The University of Texas-El Paso Women’s Golf Team has been honored as the recipient of the 2013-2014 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 13-14 season. UTEP’s six team members had an average GPA of 3.840.

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

Place Company Team GPA
1st University of Texas-El Paso 3.840
2nd University of New Mexico 3.839
3rd University of Detroit Mercy 3.838
4th Florida Gulf Coast University 3.822
5th Creighton University 3.787
6th Weber State University 3.755
7th University of Arkansas-Little Rock 3.740
8th University of San Francisco 3.732
9th Xavier University 3.729
10th University of Tennessee Chattanooga 3.724
11th Eastern Michigan University 3.720
12th Concordia University - St. Paul 3.714
T-13th Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 3.689
T-13th Upper Iowa University 3.689
15th Wittenberg University 3.682
16th Texas A&M University-Commerce 3.672
17th Boise State Univiversity 3.665
18th University of Arkansas 3.657
19th Vanderbilt University 3.655
T-20th Central Connecticut State University 3.645
T-20th Georgia State University 3.645
22nd Youngstown State University 3.643
23rd University of Louisville 3.640
24th Bowling Green State University 3.639
25th East Carolina University 3.635

WGCA Announces 2013-14 All-American Scholars

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars for Division I, II & III were announced today with a total of 664 women’s collegiate golfers recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

WGCA Division I All-American Teams Announced

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2013-14 All-American Teams for Division I women’s golf. The teams include 40 student-athletes comprised of 1st, 2nd and Honorable Mention Teams.

Celine Boutier of Duke University, the PING WGCA Player of the Year, and Alison Lee, UCLA, the WGCA Freshman of the Year, highlight the 1st Team All-Americans. USC totaled five WGCA All-Americans with UCLA following on their heels with four All-Americans.

For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

WGCA 1st Team All-American
Laetitia Beck, Duke University
Celine Boutier, Duke University
Doris Chen, USC
Tonje Daffinrud, University of Denver
Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State University
Kyung Kim, USC
Lauren Kim, Stanford University
Alison Lee, UCLA
Gaby Lopez, University of Arkansas
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State University
Stephanie Meadow, University of Alabama
Grace Na, Pepperdine University
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford University

WGCA 2nd Team All-American
Matilda Castren, Florida State University
Karen Chung, USC
Simin Feng, Vanderbilt University
Dana Finkelstein, UNLV
SooBin Kim, University of Washington
Erynne Lee, UCLA
Yu Liu, Duke University
Marijosse Navarro, Texas A&M University
Annie Park, USC
Samantha Swinehart, University of South Carolina
Lindsey Weaver, University of Arizona

WGCA Honorable Mention All-American
Daniela Darquea, University of Miami
Justine Dreher, University of South Carolina
Augusta James, North Carolina State University
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, University of Oklahoma
Alexandra Kaui, University of Oklahoma
Bronte Law, UCLA
Brittany Marchand, North Carolina State University
Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State University
Sophia Popov, USC
Jessica Porvasnik, The Ohio State University
Ashlan Ramsey, Clemson University
Louise Ridderstrom, UCLA
Emma Talley, University of Alabama
Anne-Catherine Tanguay, University of Oklahoma
Charlotte Thomas, University of Washington
Jennifer Yang, University of Washington

Division I Women's Golf Awards Announced

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2013-14 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division I Women’s Collegiate Golf. Winners were recognized at the WGCA Division I Awards Banquet held in Tulsa, OK. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

PING WGCA Division I Player of the Year
Celine Boutier, Duke University

WGCA Division I Freshman of the Year
Alison Lee, UCLA

Golfstat Cup
Alison Lee, UCLA

Dinah Shore Trophy Award
Emily Tubert, University of Arkansas

WGCA Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award
Liz Nagel, Michigan State University

Division I Eaton Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
Dan Brooks, Duke University

Division I Eaton Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
East: Dan Brooks, Duke University
Central: Veronique Drouin-Luttrell, University of Oklahoma
West: Andrea Gaston, USC

Eaton Golf Pride WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year
Alicia Um-Holmes, UCLA

WGCA All-Region Teams
East Region
Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt University
Hayley Davis, Baylor University
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt University
Justine Dreher, University of South Carolina
Irina Gabasa, Vanderbilt University
Augusta James, North Carolina State University
Sandy Choi, Duke University
Grace Na, Pepperdine University
Samantha Swinehart, University of South Carolina
Gabriella Wahl, East Tennessee State University

Central Region
Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State University
Dana Finkelstein, UNLV
Emma Talley, University of Alabama
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State University
Alison Lee, UCLA
Sarah Schober, University of Florida
Daniela Darquea, University of Miami
Isabella Deilert, Oklahoma State University
Hannah Suh, University California
Anne Cheng, Harvard University
Erynne Lee, UCLA
Stephanie Meadow, University of Alabama

West Region
Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State University
SooBin Kim, University of Washington
Annie Park, USC
Kyung Kim, USC
Marijosse Navarro, Texas A&M University
Charlotte Thomas, University of Washington
Jennifer Yang, University of Washington
Clariss Guce, CSU-Northridge
Anne Tanguay, University of Oklahoma
Karen Chung, USC
Suchaya Tangkamolprasert, Northwestern University

Division II Women's Golf Awards Announced

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2013-14 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division II Women’s Collegiate Golf. Winners were recognized at the WGCA Division II Awards Banquet held in Conover, North Carolina. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

PING WGCA Division II Player of the Year
Jessica Bradley, Lynn University

WGCA Division II Freshman of the Year
Johanna Larson, Florida Tech

WGCA Division II Kim Moore Spirit Award
Trisha Kienitz, Southwest Minnesota State University

Division II Eaton Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
Danny Randolph, Lynn University

Division II Eaton Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
East – Brent Nicoson, University of Indianapolis
Central – Amy White, Arkansas Tech University
South – Danny Randolph, Lynn University
West – Jennifer McNeil, St. Edwards University

WGCA Division II All-American Teams
1st Team
Jessica Bradley, Lynn University
Annie Dulman, Rollins College
Kelly Hartigan, Grand Valley State University
Haley Haught, St. Edward’s University
Isabel Jimenez Perea, Tarleton State University
Johanna Larsson, Florida Tech
Elin Olsson, University of West Florida
Emily Rymer, Florida Southern College
Samantha Smolen, Lynn University
Rebecka Surtevall, Arkansas Tech University

2nd Team
Linda Brown, California State University East Bay
Marie Coors, Saint Leo University
Nicole Ferre, Barry University
Glory Jangthongsiri, West Texas A&M University
Audra Kepler, California State University Monterey Bay
Hee-Leina Kim, Colorado State University-Pueblo
Hally Leadbetter, Rollins College
Felicia Leftinger, Florida Tech
Louise Manalo, Lynn University
Daniela Ortiz, Nova Southeastern University

Honorable Mention
Erin Barrington, Dallas Baptist University
Jenna Birch, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Ellen Chambers, Lynn University
Marvi Monslave, California Baptist University
Brenna Moore, Midwestern State University
Taylor Neidy, University of Central Oklahoma
Beatriz Prados, Tarleton State University
Momo Sakuragi, Rollins College
Kayla Sciupider, Rollins College
Nancy Vergara, Barry University

WGCA All-Region Teams
East Region
Kelly Hartigan, Grand Valley State University
Jaclyn Schindler, University of Indianapolis
Brooke Albers, University of Findlay
Tayler Hoag, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Veronica Ryan, Grand Valley State University
Kasey Frazier, Wheeling Jesuit University
Carla Maestre, California University of Pennsylvania
Jenny Konop, University of Indianapolis
Taylor Merriss, University of Southern Indiana
Amy Thompson, University of Indianapolis

South Region
Ellen Chambers, Lynn University
Marie Coors, Saint Leo University
Daisy-May Kenny, University of West Florida
Louise Manalo, Lynn University
Annie Dulman, Rollins College
Nancy Vergara, Barry University
Jessica Bradley, Lynn University
Johanna Larsson, Florida Tech
Maria Paola Fiorio, Barry University
Emily Rymer, Florida Southern University

Central Region
Taylor Neidy, University of Central Oklahoma
Ana Gomez, SW Oklahoma State University
Taylor Kline, Arkansas Tech University
Baylee Price, Northeastern State University
Rebecka Surtevall, Arkansas Tech University
June Tigert, University of Central Oklahoma
Bethany Darrough, University of Central Oklahoma
Allie Ostrander, Augustana College
Marisa Toivonen, Augustana College
Katie Kilponen, Henderson State University
Tavia Rutherford, University of Sioux Falls

West Region
Linda Brown, California State University East Bay
Isabell Jimenez Perea, Tarleton State University
Alyssa Smith, St. Edward's University
Glory Jangthongsiri, West Texas A&M University
Beatriz Prados, Tarleton State University
Tina Yang, California Baptist University
Sharon Lau, Tarleton State University
Taylor Moreno, St. Edward's University
Jessica Pickwick, Tarleton State University
Audra Kepler, California State University Monterey Bay

WGCA Announces Division III Year-End Awards

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2013-14 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. Winners were recognized at the WGCA Division III Awards Banquet held in Howry-in-the-Hills, Florida. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year
Sharon Li, Ithaca College

WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year
Sydney Maluenda, George Fox University

WGCA Division III Kim Moore Spirit Award
Kelsie Carralero, Methodist University

Division III Eaton Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
Sean Curtis, Washington University in St. Louis

Division III Eaton Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
East Region Coach of the Year: Erika DeSanty, Williams College
Great Lakes Coach of the Year: Mike Clary, Rhodes College
Central Region Coach of the Year: Sean Curtis, Washington University in St. Louis
Midwest Region Coach of the Year: Eric Sieger, Carleton College
West Region Coach of the Year: Grant Spencer, University of Texas at Tyler

WGCA Division III All-American Teams
1st Team
Loretta Giovannettone, Senior, Methodist University
Paige Gooch, Senior, DePauw University
Sharon Li, Junior, Ithaca College
Laura Lindsey, Sophomore, University of Texas at Tyler
Olivia Lugar, Junior, Washington University in St. Louis
Sydney Maluenda, Freshman, George Fox University
Georgiana Salant, Junior, Williams College
Connie Zhou, Sophomore, Washington University in St. Louis

Second Team
Kelsie Carralero, Senior, Methodist University
Kate Engler, Junior, UW-Eau Claire
Xin Fang, Freshman, Washington University in St. Louis
Nikki Isaacson, Freshman, Rhodes College
Elizabeth Kim, Freshman, Oglethorpe University
Maya Reddy, Junior, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Honorable Mention
Elizabeth Cheng, Senior, Hollins University
Shannon Holden, Freshman, Carleton College
Doyle O’Brien, Senior, University of St. Thomas
Adrienne Plourde, Senior, Olivet College
Taylor Sloan, Junior, University of Texas at Tyler
Rebecca Studin, Senior, SUNY Cortland

WGCA All-Region Teams
Region 1/East Region
Elizabeth Blomgren, Senior, Methodist University
Olivia Bowling, Sophomore, Randolph-Macon College
Kelsie Carralero, Senior, Methodist University
Elizabeth Cheng, Senior, Hollins University
Loretta Giovannettone, Senior, Methodist University
Sarah Hasselman, Freshman, Williams College
Tracy Kim, Freshman, Williams College
Sharon Li, Junior, Ithaca College
Georgianna Salant, Junior, Williams College
Rebecca Studin, Senior, SUNY Cortland

Region 2/Great Lakes
Theresa Damico, Senior, Olivet College
Alison Eleey, Sophomore, Sewanee: The University of the South
Paige Gooch, Senior, DePauw University
Meg Healy, Sophomore, Rhodes College
Nikki Isaacson, Freshman, Rhodes College
Emily Javadi, Sophomore, Sewanee: The University of the South
Elizabeth Kim, Freshman, Oglethorpe University
Adrienne Plourde, Senior, Olivet College
Alexandra Ramirez, Freshman, DePauw University
Kelsey Smith, Senior, DePauw University

Region 3/Central
Kate Engler, Junior, UW-Eau Claire
Xin Fang, Freshman, Washington University in St. Louis
Andrea Hibbert, Senior, Washington University in St. Louis
Katie Klosterman, Senior, Illinois Wesleyan University
Olivia Lugar, Junior, Washington University in St. Louis
Brittany McNett-Emmerich, Junior, UW-Stout
Kayla Meyer, Sophomore, Carthage College
McKenzie Parks, Sophomore, Carthage College
Gabbie Schuerman, Senior, Millikin University
Connie Zhou, Sophomore, Washington University in St. Louis

Region 4/Midwest
Rochelle Beardsley, Freshman, Wartburg College
Erin Dingmann, Sophomore, University of St. Thomas
Jordan Drenttel, Junior, Gustavus Adolphus College
Sam Falk, Junior, Gustavus Adolphus College
Grace Gilmore, Sophomore, Carleton College
Shannon Holden, Freshman, Carleton College
Morgan McMillan, Junior, Wartburg College
Kelsey Moede, Junior, Carleton College
Doyle O’Brien, Senior, University of St. Thomas
Geraldine Tellbuescher, Freshman, Carleton College

Region 5/West
Elizabeth Davis, Sophomore, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Hannah Durette, Senior, University of Redlands
Jenna Gimbel, Junior, California Lutheran University
Laura Lindsey, Sophomore, University of Texas at Tyler
Sydney Maluenda, Freshman, George Fox University
Hanna Niner, Freshman, Trinity University
Taylor O’Rear, Junior, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Maya Reddy, Senior, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Taylor Sloan, Junior, University of Texas at Tyler
Tiffany Su, Junior, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Sally Austin Named Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient

Sally Austin, former Women’s Golf Coach at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, has been named the 2014 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor. Austin will be formally recognized at the WGCA Hall of Fame Luncheon which will take place on Tuesday afternoon, December 10, 2013. The ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In Sally Austin's 15 seasons as head coach, North Carolina finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships six times. The Tar Heels won six tournament titles, and six players captured 13 individual championships with her at the helm. Players under Austin earned seven WGCA All-American and 16 All-ACC mentions. She was named LPGA Coach of the Year in 2004.

A native of Raeford, N.C., Austin took over head coaching duties of the women's golf team after the 1992-93 season. Austin replaced longtime Tar Heel coach Dot Gunnells after serving as an assistant to Gunnells since 1983. In addition to her tenure as assistant coach, Austin was a member of the Tar Heels' first varsity program in 1973-74. Austin competed during all four years from the team's inception until graduation, capturing the 1974-75 UNC-CH Invitational individual title.

Upon graduation from North Carolina in 1977 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Austin continued her pursuit of golf. The winner of the 1979 North Carolina Women's Amateur Championship, Austin won events on the Women's Professional Golf Tour and the Futures Tour. She received her LPGA Tour card in 1987.

In addition to the one-year LPGA experience, Austin played for five years on mini-tours across the country (1980-85), two years on the Asian Tour (1984-85) and one year on the WPGA European Tour (1986).

Austin has been a golf instructor at the Pine Needles Schools in Pinehurst since 1978, where she has worked under the supervision of Peggy Kirk Bell. She also was a golf instructor from 1986-89 at the Ben Sutton Golf Schools and from 1989-94 at the Craft-Zavichas Schools. Austin holds an LPGA Class A Teaching Certification. Austin served for several years as the Treasurer of the WGCA

Now as a volunteer assistant for North Carolina State, Austin splits time between her duties with the team and teaching full time at Chapel Hill C.C. and Pine Needles.


About 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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Coetzee Hirst and Parmlid to be Inducted into WGCA Players Hall of Fame

Past Longwood University great Charlaine Coetzee Hirst and University of Southern California stand-out Mikaela Parmlid will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, December 10, 2013. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Coetzee Hirst and Parmlid become the 61st and 62nd members respectively of the Hall of Fame.

Charlaine Coetzee Hirst is perhaps the most honored student-athlete in Longwood University history, and capped-off her college career when she was selected the first female student-athlete from a Virginia college to earn Today's Top Eight award, the highest honor which the NCAA presents, as chosen by the NCAA Honors Committee. The three-time WGCA Division II National Champion received three major awards in 1995, including the prestigious Today's Top Eight, along with being voted the Honda/Division II Athlete of the Year and the Virginia NCAA Woman of the Year, and was honored on back-to-back nights at the NCAA Convention in Dallas, Texas in January, 1996. Coetzee Hirst was a four-time WGCA All-American (1992-95), as well as a three-time WGCA All-Scholar Team (1993-95) honoree, leading the Lancers to WGCA National Championships in 1993 and 1995. She still holds the school-record for 54-holes (71-71-70--212), established while winning the 1994 national title, and her Longwood career scoring average of 79.15 ranks fourth all-time. A Honda Sports Award nominee for three-straight years, Coetzee-Hirst qualified for the 1998 United States Women's Open Golf Championship, and also played on the FUTURES TOUR for nine years (1996-2004).

A native of Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa, Coetzee Hirst is a 1995 Magna Cum Laude graduate as a history major. She is married to retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Jay Hirst, now a charter/corporate pilot, and the couple has one daughter and now live in Pinehurst, North Carolina where Coetzee-Hirst serves as Director of Golf Schools at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club and is a teaching professional as a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division.

Mikaela Parmlid competed for the University of Southern California from 1999-2003. She captured five collegiate tournaments during her stint at USC, was a two-time WGCA All-American and All-Pac-10 first teamer and was named the 2003 Honda Award winner for women's golf after a banner senior season in which she won the 2003 NCAA individual crown while leading the Trojans' to their first team title in program history. The Swedish native won a school-record four tournament titles in 2003 and was USC's top finisher in the eight of the 10 events in which she competed, including a second at the Pac-10 Championships. She earned her first All-American and All-Pac-10 first-team honors as a 2002 junior, leading the squad with a career-best stroke average (73.05) while posting eight top-10 finishes, including her first win at the Peg Barnard Collegiate and a third at the Pac-10 Championships. As a 2001 sophomore, Parmlid was second on the team with a 75.1 stroke average while posting two top 10 finishes and seven in the top 20 en route to All-Pac-10 second team honors. She was second on the team in stroke average (74.6) as a 2000 freshman and had two top 10 finishes while earning All-Pac-10 second team honors.

Parmlid turned professional in 2003 and earned exempt status for the 2004 LPGA Tour season. She recorded a LPGA career-best tie for eighth at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in 2009, where she also carded a career-low 62 (-9) in the third round. Parmlid had a successful 2012 season on the Ladies European Tour, where she finished tied forth in the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open, tied third in ISPS Handa Ladies British Masters, and tied second in UNIQA Ladies Golf Open, four strokes behind Caroline Hedwall.

About 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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Mary Lou Mulflur to be Inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame

Mary Lou Mulflur, current Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Washington, will be inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, December 10, 2013. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Mulflur becomes the 46th member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame.

In the history of the Husky women's golf team, two individuals stand out as the cornerstones for the program. The first is Edean Ihlanfeldt, the namesake of the Huskies' annual fall tournament. She was Washington's first coach, starting the program in 1974-75. So dedicated to seeing women have an opportunity to compete on the intercollegiate level, Ihlanfeldt never accepted a paycheck for her efforts; funneling her salary back into the program. The second is current head coach Mary Lou Mulflur, who is in her 31st season directing the Huskies.

A player for Ihlanfeldt, Mulflur's passion and commitment to Husky golf makes her former mentor proud. Mulflur's dedication, teaching and coaching skills as well as her fundraising abilities have allowed her to build the Husky program into one of the nation's most competitive teams on an annual basis.

In 30 seasons as the Husky women’s golf coach, Mulflur has led the Huskies to 20 of the 21 NCAA Regionals that have been contested since their inception in 1993. She has also led her teams to ten NCAA Championships with their best finishes coming in 2004 and 2006 where the Huskies placed sixth.

Mulflur has coached several Huskies who have gone on to play professionally and/or coach at the collegiate level. Nancy Kessler-McDaniel, a member of Mulflur’s first recruiting class, played at Washington from 1984 to 1988 and finished her career as a WGCA All-American in 1987-88. Kessler-McDaniel went on to play professionally and is the current head coach at Cal-Berkeley. Former Husky All-American Kelli Kamimura is currently the head coach at Washington State University.

Mulflur also coached current LPGA players Paige Mackenzie and Louise Friberg. These two former Huskies played together at the 2008 SBS Open at Turtle Bay, the first time two UW alumni have played in the same LPGA event. Mackenzie is the only player from a “Northern” school to win the individual conference title, claiming victory in 2006. She also recorded 24 top-10 finishes, ranking first in Husky women’s golf team history. Friberg has 13 total top-10 finishes, ranking fourth all-time. Friberg won on the LPGA tour in 2005 in Mexico with a final round 65.

Mulflur's players have also achieved in the classroom. Mackenzie was named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Team three-straight seasons and during Mulflur's tenure, 16 UW golfers have earned the distinction on 25 occasions. She also boasts a 100% graduation rate.

Twice during Mulflur's career she has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. She is also the only coach who has attended every PAC-10/12 championship since the inception of a women’s conference tournament in 1987.

As a student-athlete, Mulflur went on to earn four letters as a Husky. During her collegiate career she won three regular-season tournaments, including the inaugural Ihlanfeldt Invitational in 1980.

Mulflur graduated from Washington in 1980 with a degree in speech communications. She is a former vice-president of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association as well as having served on numerous committees within the Association. Mulflur served on the LPGA SAFECO Classic Advisory Board for many years and along with SAFECO, developed a junior golf program for inner city girls. She also served as a member of the NCAA Women’s Golf Committee from 2008 – 2011.

In 2010, Mulflur was presented with the WGCA Founders Award which recognizes a coach who has made significant contributions to the sport during the year. In October, 2013 she was also recognized by the Northwest Golf Media Association’s “Local Legend” Award which honors those individuals who have distinguished themselves either as golfers or for their involvement with the golf community in the Pacific Northwest over an extended period of time.

About 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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Michigan State Tandem Victorious at 2013 Pure Silk

Liz Nagel and Trisha Witherby of Michigan State University completed their wire to wire victory with a three day total of 283 (-5) for a four-shot victory at the Pure Silk Women’s Collegiate Team Championship at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, OH.

Nagel and Witherby were solid all day with five birdies and six bogeys aggregate and never lost the lead they secured after the Day One Alternate Shot format. The University of Louisville tandem of Emily Haas and Laura Restrepo made a late run with seven birdies on the back nine to finish second at 287 (-1). A.J. Newell and Chessey Thomas from the University of Tennessee finished in third place at 293 (+5).

Ali Green and Madison Musick of Ashland University captured the Division II crown with a three shot victory over the duo of Kasey Petty and Michele Schambs of the University of Findlay.

In the NCAA Division III competition, Jacqueline Carroll and Kelsey Smith of DePauw University overcame the Olivet College team of Theresa Damico and Adrienne Plourde with a one shot victory.

The format of the Championship was Day 1 (July 23): Alternate Shot; Day 2 (July 24): Best Ball; and Day 3 (July 25): Aggregate Score of the two players. Teams are comprised of players from all levels of collegiate golf including Division I, II and III programs.

This year marked the 2nd year of Pure Silk’s title sponsorship. Pure Silk is a moisturizing shave cream for women. Part of the Perio, Inc. brands, Pure Silk is available at mass merchandise, grocery and drugstores nationwide.

Complete results at www.golfstat.com.

Michigan State Duo Maintain Lead at Pure Silk Team Championship

Liz Nagel and Trisha Witherby of Michigan State University shot a 5 under par 67 (best ball) to extend their lead to four shots after the second round of the 4th Annual Pure Silk Women’s Collegiate Team Championship at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, OH.

Nagel and Witherby carded five birdies and no bogeys and stand at 138 (-6) for the tournament. A.J. Newell and Chessey Thomas from the University of Tennessee stand in second place at 142 (-2). The other under par team in the Championship is the University of Iowa twosome of Lauren English and Briana Midkiff.

In the race for the NCAA Division II crown, Alicia Green and Madison Musick of Ashland University carded a one under 71 and lead the University of Findlay group of Kasey Petty and Michele Schambs by one shot.

In the NCAA Division III competition, the Olivet College team of Theresa Damico
and Adrienne Plourde are tied with Jacqueline Carroll and Kelsey Smith of DePauw University at 155 (+11).

Forty-two teams return to action on Thursday morning for the third day of the Championship with tee times set to begin at 8:00 a.m. playing in an Aggregate Score format.

The format of the Championship is Day 1 (July 23): Alternate Shot; Day 2 (July 24): Best Ball; and Day 3 (July 25): Aggregate Score of the two players. Teams are comprised of players from all levels of collegiate golf including Division I, II and III programs.

This year marks the 2nd year of Pure Silk’s title sponsorship. Pure Silk is a moisturizing shave cream for women. Part of the Perio, Inc. brands, Pure Silk is available at mass merchandise, grocery and drugstores nationwide.

Tickets to the Team Championship are free and open to the public. Results at www.golfstat.com.

One Team Breaks Par After 1st Round of the Pure Silk Team Championship

Liz Nagel and Trisha Witherby of Michigan State University shot a one under par 71 to take a three shot lead after the first round of the 4th Annual Pure Silk Women’s Collegiate Team Championship at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, OH.

During the opening round alternate shot format, the Spartan duo tallied six birdies on the day. In 2nd place at two over par 74 is the team of A.J. Newell and Chessey Thomas from the University of Tennessee and in 3rd place is the Vanderbilt duo of Kendall Martindale and Morgan Ransom at three over 75.

In the race for the NCAA Division II low round of the day, two teams, Ashland University and the University of Findlay tied at +10. In the NCAA Division III competition, Olivet College leads also at +10.

Forty-two teams return to action on Wednesday morning for the second day of the Championship with tee times set to begin at 8:00 a.m. playing in a best ball format.

The format of the Championship is Day 1 (July 23): Alternate Shot; Day 2 (July 24): Best Ball; and Day 3 (July 25): Aggregate Score of the two players. Teams are comprised of players from all levels of collegiate golf including Division I, II and III programs.

This year marks the 2nd year of Pure Silk’s title sponsorship. Pure Silk is a moisturizing shave cream for women. Part of the Perio, Inc. brands, Pure Silk is available at mass merchandise, grocery and drugstores nationwide.

Tickets to the Team Championship are free and open to the public. Play will begin daily at 8:00am with tee times starting on both #1 and #10. Results at www.golfstat.com.

Condoleezza Rice to be Keynote Speaker at 2013 Convention

Condoleezza Rice - former Secretary of State of the United States - will be the keynote speaker at the GCAA and WGCA national conventions held Dec. 9-11 in Las Vegas. Dr. Rice will focus on leadership, teamwork, organizational management and life lessons learned from the game of golf.

“The WGCA is both honored and excited for the opportunity to have such a distinguished keynote speaker at our annual convention,” stated WGCA President Janet Carl. “This is a groundbreaking year, for both organizations, as we combine our efforts and resources for the common goals of providing our members with unsurpassed educational opportunities and unequaled leadership skills, which Dr. Rice has shown throughout her career. For our coaches to have the opportunity to learn from someone who has shattered several barriers and is a mentor to all of us, is an unbelievable opportunity.”

“We are very excited and honored to have Dr. Rice as our keynote speaker for the convention,” said GCAA President Todd Satterfield. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for the members of the GCAA and the WGCA to be inspired by her leadership and experiences. We are grateful that Dr. Rice’s love of golf allowed her to be with us in December.”

Condoleezza Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

As professor of Political Science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors – the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two bestsellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010); Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

In 1991, Rice co-founded the Center for a New Generation, an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Club of America) of which she remains actively involved in today.

Rice currently serves on the board of KiOR, a renewable fuels company, C3, an energy software company, and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Previously, Rice has also served on various additional boards, for example: the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the University of Notre Dame; and, the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded ten honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.

4th Annual Pure Silk Women's Collegiate Team Championship Set to Tee Off

The 4th Annual Pure Silk Women’s Collegiate Team Championship Presented by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, the most unique summertime national women’s amateur Championship, is set to begin Tuesday, July 23 at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, Ohio.

(42) two-person teams will be competing comprised of top current women’s collegiate golfers. Each team will pair players from the same university in a 54-hole stroke play event.

The format of the Championship is Day 1 (July 23): Alternate Shot; Day 2 (July 24): Best Ball; and Day 3 (July 25): Aggregate Score of the two players. Teams are comprised of players from all levels of collegiate golf including Division I, II and III programs.

This year marks the second year of the title sponsorship of Pure Silk, a moisturizing shave cream for women. Part of the Perio, Inc. brands, Pure Silk is available at mass merchandise, grocery and drugstores nationwide.

“Pure Silk is honored to sponsor the 2013 Pure Silk Team Championship,” stated Tom Murray, President & CEO of Perio, Inc.” As a sponsor of nine LPGA golfers, we are very excited to expand upon our connection with Women’s golf and to support hard working collegiate athletes. The WGCA and the players’ willingness to add a Monday charitable event to benefit A Kid Again (supporting children with life threatening illness and their families), is the icing on the cake!”

Wedgewood Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole private facility, considered one of the most challenging courses in Central Ohio. Opened in 1991, the golf course was designed
by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

On Monday, July 22, a Collegiate-Amateur Golf event will take place, beginning with a 2:45 P.M. Shotgun Start. Proceeds from this event will benefit A Kid Again, an Ohio based charity that provides fun-filled group activities for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. These activities foster laughter, normalcy and a supportive networking opportunities, encouraging positive attitudes and promoting improved health for all.

“A Kid Again is thrilled to partner with Pure Silk for this prestigious event,” remarked Jeffrey Damron, CEO of A Kid Again. “This extraordinary tournament brings the finest women players in collegiate golf to Central Ohio, raising funds to enable children with life-threatening illnesses to leave the hospital and illness behind and be … A Kid Again!”

Tickets to the Team Championship are free and open to the public. Play will begin daily at 8:00am with tee times starting on both #1 and #10.

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

About Pure Silk
Pure Silk is moisturizing shave cream for women. Available in a variety of deliciously scented fragrances, its rich lather contains ingredients that give you a closer, long lasting shave. Plus, all Pure Silk Shave Creams contain aloe to moisturize your skin giving you the smoothest most touchable legs without irritation. Pure Silk rich and luxurious shave cream, for legs that look and feel like Pure Silk. For more information, visit http://www.pure-silk.com/

About A Kid Again
A Kid Again enables children and their families the opportunity to escape the pressures of a life-threatening illness and experience normalcy, hope and healing, all year long.

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Lee University Receives 3rd Straight WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award for 2012-13

Lee University Women’s Golf Team has been honored as the recipient of the 2012-2013 WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award. Lee also received this special recognition in 2010-11 and 2011-12. 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 12-13 season. Lee’s six team members had an average GPA of 3.955.The WGCA also announced the top teams with the highest Team GPA.

2012-13 WGCA All-American Scholars Announced

Record number of 644 student-athletes recognized with this honor.

Women's Division I All-Americans Announced

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2012-13 All-American Teams for Division I women’s golf. The teams include 40 student-athletes comprised of 1st, 2nd and Honorable Mention Teams.

Annie Park of USC, the PING WGCA Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, highlights the 1st Team All-Americans. She is joined on the 1st team by two other USC Trojans, Kyung Kim and Sophia Popov, as they come off last week’s NCAA Championship. 1st Team All-Americans combined for a total of 22 victories in the 2012-13 campaign.

The University of Alabama and Duke University totaled three WGCA All-Americans each. Alabama with Stephanie Meadow (1st Team), Emma Talley (2nd Team) and Jennifer Kirby (Honorable Mention). Duke had Lindy Duncan (1st Team), Laetitia Beck (Honorable Mention) and Celine Boutier (Honorable Mention). Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and UCLA each also had two All-American recipients.

For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

WGCA 1st Team All-American
Brittany Altomare, University of Virginia
Lindy Duncan, Duke University
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, University of Oklahoma
Kyung Kim, USC
Erynne Lee, UCLA
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State University
Stephanie Meadow, University of Alabama
Grace Na, Pepperdine University
Annie Park, USC
Sophia Popov, USC
Paula Reto, Purdue University
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford University

WGCA 2nd Team All-American
Emilie Burger, University of Georgia
Doris Chen, USC
Hayley Davis, Baylor University
Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State University
Kimberly Kaufman, Texas Tech University
SooBin Kim, University of Washington
Tiffany Lua, UCLA
Erica Popson, University of Tennessee
Demi Runas, University of California, Davis
Emma Talley, University of Alabama
Kelsey Vines, Oklahoma State University

WGCA Honorable Mention All-American
Laetitia Beck, Duke University
Celine Boutier, Duke University
Manon Gidali, University of Arizona
Casey Grice, University of North Carolina
Camilla Hedberg, University of Florida
Cassy Isagawa, University of Oregon
Jennifer Kirby, University of Alabama
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt University
Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane University
Caroline Powers, Michigan State University
Krista Puisite, Texas State University
Marta Sanz, Auburn University
Kelly Shon, Princeton University
AC Tanguay, University of Oklahoma
Emily Tubert, University of Arkansas
Lindsey Weaver, University of Notre Dame
Julie Yang, Oklahoma State University

WGCA Announces Division I Award Winners

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2012-13 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division I Women’s Collegiate Golf. Winners were recognized at the WGCA Division I Awards Banquet held in Athens, GA. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

PING WGCA Division I Player of the Year
Annie Park, University of Southern California

WGCA Division I Freshman of the Year
Annie Park, University of Southern California

Golfstat Cup
Annie Park, University of Southern California

Dinah Shore Trophy Award
Caroline Powers, Michigan State University

WGCA Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award
Autumn Duke, Ball State University

Division I Eaton Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
Andrea Gaston, University of Southern California

Division I Eaton Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
East: Mic Potter, University of Alabama
Central: Veronique Drouin-Luttrell
West: Andrea Gaston, University of Southern California

WGCA All-Region Teams
East Region
Stephanie Meadow, University of Alabama
Kelly Shon, Princeton University
Madison Opfer, Tulane University
Emily Penttila, Tulane University
Emma Talley, University of Alabama
Jennifer Kirby, University of Alabama
Julie Yang, Oklahoma State University
Chessey Thomas, University of Tennessee
Erica Popson, University of Tennessee
Jackie Chang, University of North Carolina

Central Region
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State University
Anne-Catherine Tanguay, University of Oklahoma
Alejandra Cangrejo, Duke University
Emily Collins, University of Oklahoma
Lindy Duncan, Duke University
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, University of Oklahoma
Mia Piccio, University of Florida
Courtney Ellenbogen, Duke University
Olafia Kristinsdottir, Wake Forest University
Ying Luo, University of Washington

West Region
Annie Park, USC
Paula Reto, Purdue University
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt University
Kyung Kim, USC
Cassy Isagawa, University of Oregon
Regan De Guzman, San Jose State University
Emilie Burger, University of Georgia
Jennifer Ha, Kent State University
Jessica Negron, Florida State University
Dana Finkelstein, UNLV
Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt University
Margaux Vanmol, Purdue University
Mariko Tumangan, Stanford 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 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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WGCA Announces Division II Awards

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2012-13 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division II Women’s Collegiate Golf. Winners were recognized at the WGCA Division II Awards Banquet held in Daytona Beach, Florida. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

PING WGCA Division II Player of the Year
Annie Dulman, Rollins College

WGCA Division II Freshman of the Year
Annie Dulman, Rollins College

WGCA Division II Kim Moore Spirit Award
Jessica Tamen, St. Edward’s University

Division II Eaton Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
Amanda Brown, Nova Southeastern University

Division II Eaton Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
East: Brent Nicoson, University of Indianapolis
South: Amanda Brown, Nova Southeastern University
West: Jennifer McNeil, St. Edward’s University
Central: Michael Bond, University of Central Oklahoma

WGCA Division II All-American Teams
1st Team
Jenna Birch, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Liliana Cammisa, Nova Southeastern University
Annie Dulman, Rollins College
Abbey Gittings, Nova Southeastern University
T. Caballer Hemani, Lander University
Linnea Johansson, Nova Southeastern University
Megan Kiley, Florida Southern College
Megan Moore, University of North Carolina Pembroke
Daniela Ortiz, Nova Southeastern University
Kayla Sciupider, Rollins College

Second Team
Jessica Bradley, Lynn University
Ellen Chambers, Lynn University
Ryanne Haddow, St. Edward’s University
Spencer Heller, Sonoma State University
Charlotte Jaengkit, Grand Canyon University
Isabell Jimenez-Perea, Tarleton State University
Samantha Smolen, Lynn University
Wallis Spears, St. Edward’s University
Barbara Vejlupkova, Florida Southern College
Sydney Williams, Dallas Baptist University

Honorable Mention
Irene Calvo, Lynn University
Nicole Ferre, Barry University
Kelly Hartigan, Grand Valley State University
Haley Haught, St. Edward’s University
Jessica Pickwick, Tarleton State University
Rachel Polson, Florida Tech
Mercedes Rios, Dallas Baptist University
Momo Sakuragi, Rollins College
Rebecka Surtevall, Arkansas Tech
Clara Teixeira, Rollins College

WGCA All-Region Teams
East Region
Kasey Frazier, Wheeling Jesuit University
Holly James, Ashland University
Jenny Konop, University of Indianapolis
Regan Pittard, University of Indianapolis
Amy Thompson, University of Indianapolis

Central Region
Rebecka Surtevall, Arkansas Tech University
Aly Seng, University of Central Oklahoma
Erica Bensch, University of Central Oklahoma
Marisa Toivonen, Augustana College
Ashlynn Hall, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

South Region
Annie Dulman, Rollins College
Linnea Johansson, Nova Southeastern University
Nicole Ferre, Barry University
Irene Calvo, Lynn University
Samantha Smolen, Lynn University

West Region
Charlotte Jaengkit, Grand Canyon University
Spencer Heller, Sonoma State University
Haley Haught, St. Edwards University
Hee-Leina Kim, Colorado State University Pueblo
Mercedes Rios, Dallas Baptist University

About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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WGCA Announces Division III Awards

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2012-13 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. Winners were recognized at the WGCA Division III Awards Banquet held in Destin, Florida.

PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year
Kelsey Morrison, George Fox University

WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year
Emily Javadi, Sewanee: University of the South

WGCA Division III Kim Moore Spirit Award
Camila Romero, DePauw University

Division III Eaton Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
Darla Kirby, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Division III Eaton Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
East: Tom Inczauskis, Methodist University
Great Lakes: Jeff Roope, Wittenberg
Central: Kathy Niepagen, Illinois Wesleyan University
Midwest: Luke Benoit, St. Olaf College
West: Darla Kirby, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

WGCA Division III All-American Teams
1st Team
Emily Javadi, Sewanee: University of the South
Sharon Li, Ithaca College
Olivia Lugar, Washington University in St. Louis
Kelsey Morrison, George Fox University
Georgiana Salant, Williams College
Kelsey Smith, DePauw University
Jennifer Sullivan, Methodist University

Second Team
Elizabeth Cheng, Hollins University
Paige Gooch, DePauw University
Molly Erickson, St. Olaf College
Brittany McNett-Emmerich, University of Wisconsin Stout
Taylor O’Rear, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Maya Reddy, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Catherine Wagner, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Connie Zhou, Washington University in St. Louis

Honorable Mention
Kelsie Carralero, Methodist University
Theresa Damico, Olivet College
Kate Engler, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Kelly Gonyea, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Emily Guthrie, Whitworth University
Elizabeth Monty, Amherst College

WGCA All-Region Teams
Region 1/East Region
Kelsie Carralero, Methodist University
Elizabeth Cheng, Hollins University
Andrea Daly, Methodist University
Loretta Giovannettone, Methodist University
Sharon Li, Ithaca College
Madi Mendiola, Mount Holyoke College
Elizabeth Monty, Amherst College
Jennifer Sullivan, Methodist University
Georgiana Salant, Williams College
Rebecca Studin, SUNY-Cortland

Region 2/Great Lakes
Liz Blyth, Allegheny College
Alyssa Brown, Centre College
Theresa Damico, Olivet College
Brynn Fitzgerald, Denison University
Paige Gooch, DePauw University
Allison Hancock, Centre College
Emily Javadi, Sewanee: University of the South
Brooke McKay, Hanover College
Whitney Miller, Centre College
Kelsey Smith, DePauw University

Region 3/Central
Hannah Buck, Washington University in St. Louis
Kate Engler, UW-Eau Claire
Megan Geraghty, Illinois Wesleyan University
Andrea Hibbert, Washington University in St. Louis
Rose Kelly, Illinois Wesleyan University
Katie Klosterman, Illinois Wesleyan University
Olivia Lugar, Washington University in St. Louis
Brittany McNett-Emmerich, University of Wisconsin Stout
Catherine Wagner, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Connie Zhou, Washington University in St. Louis

Region 4/Midwest
Kayleigh Dittes, Gustavus Adolphus College
Molly Erickson, St. Olaf College
Sam Falk, Gustavus Adolphus College
Molly Knutson, St. Olaf College
Kelsey Moede, Carleton College
Doyle O’Brien, University of St. Thomas
Kelsi Sawatzky, Wartburg College
Liz Strom, Gustavus Adolphus College
Grace Todora, College of Saint Benedict
Taylor Wells, Carleton College

Region 5/West
Kelsey Coburn, Southwestern University
Kelly Gonyea, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Emily Guthrie, Whitworth University
Laura Leslie, University of Texas-Tyler
Abby Mann, George Fox University
Kelsey Morrison, George Fox University
Taylor O’Rear, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Maya Reddy, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Gabby Rosales, Schreiner University
Tiffany Su, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

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 500 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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Pure Silk Women's Collegiate Team Championship Entries Now Open

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Pure Silk Women’s Collegiate Team Championship Presented by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

The tournament dates are July 23 - 25, 2013 and the event will once again be held at the fantastic Wedgewood Golf & Country Club just outside of Columbus, Ohio. (60) two-person teams will compete with each team comprised of players from the same university. As well, all three NCAA Divisions are represented. The format of the Championship is highly unique. Each team will compete in Alternate Shot (Day One), Best Ball (Day Two) and Combined Score (Day Three).

Pure Silk will once again be our title sponsor. Their involvement beginning with last year’s event raised the awareness and overall experience for student-athletes. We anticipate this Championship will sell out so please send along this entry information today to all of your players.

We have attempted to keep costs to a minimum. The team entry fee is again $199 and lodging is available for players, parents and guests at the Sheraton Suites Columbus. The university may NOT pay any of the expenses associated with the participating players.

Since this is not an in-season event, the school may not require their student-athletes to play; however, we hope given the excitement of the first three years of the event, the title sponsor and host location and the opportunity to play with a teammate in a fun, yet highly competitive tournament will drive significant interest in this first-class, women's national summertime Championship.

Michelle Morgan Named Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient

Michelle Morgan, current Women’s Golf Coach at Amherst College in Amherst, MA, has been named the 2013 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor. Morgan will be formally recognized at the WGCA Hall of Fame Luncheon which will take place on Tuesday afternoon, December 11, 2012. The ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2012-13 season is Michelle Morgan's 35th at Amherst and 23rd at the helm of the women's golf team. Under her guidance, the women's golf team has qualified for three NCAA Championship tournaments, most recently in 2009. Notably, Morgan earned Division III Regional and National Coach of the Year honors in 2003 after leading the Lord Jeffs to a third-place finish at the national championship.

Morgan has helped mold the Jeffs into one of the finest Division III programs in the nation, guiding the team to 11 Massachusetts State titles, five New England Championships and a Division II-III National title in 1990. Along the way, Amherst teams have produced 10 WGCA All-Americans, 12 WGCA Academic All-Americans, six NCAA Open Championship qualifiers and an unprecedented three-time Division III National Champion in Amy Hooks '91.

During her tenure at Amherst, Morgan has served on numerous regional and national committees and has been honored by many associations for her contributions and successes. In addition to golf, she has coached squash, basketball, lacrosse and soccer, notably leading Amherst's women's soccer team to the 2001 NCAA title game en route to a third NSCAA/Adidas New England Coach of the Year honor. She retired as the head women’s soccer coach after 26 seasons in 2004, but not before she was presented the NSCAA “Women’s Award of Excellence” in recognition of her contribution toward the improvement and advancement of women’s soccer in the United States.

Morgan was a standout field hockey, basketball and softball player at Colorado Women's College before graduating in 1974. She later gained valuable experience as a teaching assistant and three-sport coach at nearby Smith College, earning a master's degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 1976. After a brief stint as the Director of Athletics at the Vail Deane School in Hillside, New Jersey, Morgan moved to Amherst in 1978. She also works as a professor of physical education and athletics and currently serves as the athletic department's Senior Woman Administrator.

Morgan has served on the WGCA Board, where she initiated a more formal awards program for Division II awards and promoted the inclusion of Division III in all activities of the organization. She has been a member and Chair of the NCAA women’s golf committee; regional member of the women’s golf committee; and NCAA National Tournament volunteer committee member.

Vicki Goetze-Ackerman and Katherine Hull to be Inducted Into WGCA Players Hall of Fame

Past University of Georgia great Vicki Goetze-Ackerman and Pepperdine University legend Katherine Hull will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, December 11, 2012. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Goetze-Ackerman and Hull become the 59th and 60th members respectively of the Hall of Fame.

Vicki Goetze-Ackerman came to the University of Georgia as the most decorated junior golf in U.S. history. During her two seasons of collegiate golf, she only furthered her legend.

Goetze-Ackerman captured the 1989 U.S. Women's Amateur title during the summer after her sophomore year of high school at Athens Academy. Before she arrived on campus, Goetze-Ackerman also already had claimed low-am honors at two U.S. Women's Opens, was a six-time AJGA All-American and three time National Junior Golfer of the Year. She then rewrote the Georgia record book in her two seasons with the Lady Bulldogs.

As a freshman, Goetze-Ackerman won or shared four tournament titles, the last of which was the biggest. With a record-setting, 7-under-par 65 on the final day, Goetze-Ackerman overtook defending champion Annika Sorenstam of Arizona to claim 1992 NCAA medalist honors with a three-stroke victory. Her single-round and 72-hole tallies (8-under 280) were NCAA Championship records.

She was then named National Golfer of the Year by Golfweek and the Honda/Broderick Award, was voted SEC Golfer and Freshman of the Year and also earned SEC Female Athlete of the Year recognition for all sports.

After winning a second U.S. Amateur crown and finishing as low am at the U.S. Women's Open for a third time in the summer of 1992, Goetze-Ackerman returned to Athens and secured the PING WGCA Player of the Year honors. She did so after winning three more individual championships, setting a school record of seven titles that still stands as the record for Georgia Women's Golf. Goetze-Ackerman wrapped up her collegiate career with the fifth-place showing at the 1993 NCAA Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

Goetze-Ackerman turned professional in 1993 and played on the LPGA Tour until 2009.

In the past 26 years, only one women's golfer from a non-BCS school has won PING National Player of the Year honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, and that recipient was Pepperdine's Katherine Hull back in 2003.

Hull was a standout junior player from Sunrise Beach, Queensland, Australia, and graduated from Good Shepherd Lutheran College. She arrived at Pepperdine in January 2000 and spent four seasons accumulating one of the top careers in Pepperdine history. In addition to her WGCA National Player of the Year honor, Hull also won the Dinah Shore Award in 2003. She was a three-time WGCA All-American, earning first team honors as a junior and senior and second team acclaim as a sophomore. All four seasons, Hull earned a spot on the All-WCC first team. She finished in the top 10 of her first nine tournaments during the 2002-03 season.

The Waves won three WCC titles in her four seasons, with Hull placing in the top five all four seasons, including a second-place finish in 2002. She played a key role in Pepperdine's co-championship at the 2002 NCAA West Regional, tying for second place overall. The Waves advanced as a team to the NCAA Championships all four years, with three top 10 finishes and a program-best second-place result in 2003.

Hull won medalist honors at seven tournaments during her Pepperdine career. She was a three-time winner of the UCLA Pioneer Electronic Bruin Classic (2001, 2002 and 2003) and also captured the 2001 Southern California Intercollegiate, the 2003 Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational, the 2003 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and the 2003 San Jose State Spartan Invitational. In winning San Jose State's event, she set NCAA records with a 16-under 200 and a first-round, 9-under 63.

She still holds the top two spots on the Pepperdine's single-season records list for scoring average, with a 72.19 in 2001-02 and a 72.82 in 2002-03. For her career, she ranks second at Pepperdine with a 73.52 average.

Hull turned professional following her senior year, first playing on the Futures Tour in 2003 before qualifying for the LPGA Tour in 2004. She has over $3 million in career earnings including two victories. Hull, who graduated with a degree in sports administration in 2003, was also a standout in the classroom, earning 2003 WGCA All-American Scholar honors and being named to the WCC All-Academic squad twice.

Devon Brouse to be Inducted Into the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame

Devon Brouse, current Head Women’s Golf Coach at Purdue University, will be inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, December 11, 2012. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Brouse becomes the 45th member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame and the first golf coach to be inducted into both the WGCA (women’s) and GCAA (men’s) Coaches Halls of Fame.

Devon Brouse is in his 15th season as the head coach and director of golf operations for the Boilermaker men’s and women’s golf teams. Brouse graduated from Purdue in 1971 with a B.S. in agronomy, returned to his alma mater in 1998 and has led Purdue golf to unprecedented success.

Brouse has led the women to a top-10 finish in each of the last seven NCAA Championships. Under his guidance, the women’s team has advanced to the NCAA Championships every year since 2000, a feat accomplished by only two other Division I programs - Arizona State and Southern California.

The Boilermakers have not just appeared at the NCAA Championships, but in three of the last four seasons have won an individual title (Maria Hernandez in 2009), a team title (2010) and in 2011, came close to repeating as national champions, finishing in second place, just four strokes off the lead.

Brouse’s women’s teams have captured five Big Ten team championships and six Big Ten individual medals. He has won five Big Ten Coach of the Year honors and was named the WGCA and Golfweek’s National Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2010.

Many of Brouse’s golfers have earned national accolades. Hernandez won the Honda Sports Award and PING/WGCA National Player of the Year after her national title in 2009. Hernandez and LeBlanc both earned first team WGCA All-American and overall Brouse’s players have earned 31 All-America awards in the last decade, including six first team All-America recognitions.

While with Purdue, Brouse has coached eight Big Ten Players of the Year (Lee Williamson, Gonzalez-Escallon, Gulyanamitta, Hernandez (three times), Stacy Orschell and Onnarin Sattayabanphot) and eight Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Christel Boeljon, Kari Damron, Whitney Frykman, Stefanie Endstrasser, Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, LeBlanc, Chris Mayson and Adam Schenk).

In addition to his coaching duties for both the men’s and women’s golf teams at Purdue, Brouse is responsible for overseeing operations for the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. The 36-hole masterpiece features two distinctly challenging courses - the Ackerman Hills and Kampen layouts. The latter was the designed by the legendary Pete Dye and was the site of the 2008 NCAA Men’s Championships and the 2003 NCAA Women’s Championships. The complex features state-of-the-art practice facilities and ranks among the finest in college golf.

A native of Indianapolis, Devon Brouse and his wife, Kathy, have two sons, Matt and Brent, a daughter, Ashley, and grandsons, Colin, Scott and Tyler.

WGCA Connect Now Available on Your Mobile Device

With the launch of WGCA Connect, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association is now available on your mobile device through the Mobile Membership Application. The app is available on iPhone, Android and some Blackberry devices.

One of the great benefits of the App is the ability to find the contact information for all WGCA members. This will now be available at your fingertips through the Directory Search.

To download the app, please follow these directions.

1. Depending upon your device, search for Mobile Membership in the appropriate Store/Market.
• iPhone/iPad - Search in iTunes App Store for "Mobile Membership"
• Android- Search in the Market for "Mobile Membership"
• Blackberry - Search in App World for "Mobile Membership". Please note that the App is not available on all Blackberry devices.
All of the above will have an icon that looks like M2.

2. Download the app to your device. There is no fee to download.
3. After downloading, click the icon on your device to open the App.
4. The first time you open, you'll see a list of associations. Please enter Women’s Golf Coaches. The name should appear and click on it.
5. The app will then ask for your log in and password (top right of screen). This is your same log in and password as WGCA Connect. If you don't know it, you can retrieve from www.wgcagolf.com by clicking the Log In link and then clicking on “Forgot your login information? Click here.”
6. After logging in on your mobile device, you should never have to log in again.

You will be at the home screen of WGCAMobile Membership. There are several icons to select from. The most important are

• Directory
• News
• Discussions
• Contacts

The app on your home screen on your mobile device will look like M2 (it will not say WGCA).

I encourage you to download this today and become familiar with the App.

2012 WGCA Member Convention Registration Now Open

The 2012 Women’s Golf Coaches Association Member Convention, scheduled for December 10-12, will once again return to Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Resort and we invite you to participate! This year’s Convention will once again include a jam-packed schedule of featured speakers, important NCAA and WGCA Business Meetings, the WGCA Corporate Sponsor Expo and our Annual Hall of Fame Induction
Ceremony. More than 200 of your fellow WGCA member coaches are expected to join us.

This year’s program features not just one, not just two, but three featured speakers – all of whom will be addressing very timely topics. Dr. Bhrett McCabe will explore the principles of behavior change and how that relates to the development of performance. Trent Wearner will share many of his creative practice scenarios made famous by his book Golf Scrimmages: Realistic Practice Games Under Pressure. And finally Joan Shafer will discuss how coaches can be a catalyst of team change and cohesion. These three keynote speakers are sure to provide you dozens of important take-aways for both you and your team. Additionally, we have four concurrent educational sessions on Tuesday afternoon that should offer a little something for everyone. This includes sessions on golf equipment technology and club-fitting to the secrets of operating a well-run collegiate tournament. As well, we look at the current strategies to protect yourself and your players from the hazards of the sun to some insider tips on negotiating your next contract.

As typical, our annual NCAA Legislative Session will focus on many of the new and upcoming changes to NCAA Rules and Regulations for women’s collegiate golf. Additionally, NCAA Division I, II and III will host their annual meetings to share and gain feedback from the membership at large. And finally, the WGCA Business Meeting will provide you a full update on the organization’s activities and initiatives.

Women's Golf Coaches Association Launches WGCA Connect

WGCA Connect is the new web home for the Women's Golf Coaches Association. The site has been built to provide a social networking feel for the association's member coaches while contiuning to offer timely information to those interested in women's collegiate golf.

National Golf Coaches Association Formally Becomes the Women's Golf Coaches Association

The National Golf Coaches Association today officially announced its new name – the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA). The organization representing all levels of women’s collegiate golf coaches, has also introduced a new logo and web site at www.wgcagolf.com.

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association is a non-profit organization that encompasses over 550 women’s collegiate golf coaches from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA programs. In 1983, 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. The association is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

“As the NGCA approached its 30th Anniversary in 2013, we felt it the appropriate time to look closely at the organization’s mission and constituency,” stated Roger M. Yaffe, Executive Director. “With this in mind, to eliminate any confusion in the market, and with the goal of freshening our brand, the Board of Directors felt that it was the appropriate time to make this change.”

Today, the organization’s new web site launches as well at www.wgcagolf.com. The site incorporates the new look and feel of the WGCA as well as provides a highly interactive and social networking friendly web presence for WGCA members.