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  • Mizuno WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent Mizuno WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the fourth and final poll of the 2021 fall season.

     

    In Division I, Stanford University received all but two first-place votes to hold steady at No. 1, while Oklahoma State University received the remaining first-place votes to stay at No. 2. University of South Carolina jumps five spots to No. 3, while University of Oregon and University of Florida each move up one spot to round out the top-five.

     

    Lynn University continues to hold the top spot in Division II after receiving 10 first-place votes, while Dallas Baptist University received one first-place vote to move up one spot to No. 2. Limestone University drops one spot to No. 3 with one first-place vote, followed by Barry University and University of Findlay who remain at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

     

    In Division III, Carnegie Mellon University remains No. 1 with two first-place votes, while Emory University trails closely behind at No. 2 after receiving five first-place votes. Methodist University drops one spot to No. 3 followed by George Fox University and Willams College rounding out the top five, receiving two first-place votes and five first-place votes, respectively.

     

    In NAIA, Oklahoma City University remains No. 1 after receiving five first-place votes. Keiser University trails closely behind at No. 2 after receiving three first-place votes, while Dalton State College holds steady at No. 3.

  • Fore Hire to Become Gold Level Partner with WGCA

    Fore Hire, an organization that educates, guides, and inspires both former and current college golfers looking to transition into successful careers in the business world, has announced that it will become a Gold Level Partner with the Women’s Golf Coach Association (WGCA).

     

    “We are very excited to partner with the WGCA to bring opportunities for employment and career advancement to players competing at the collegiate level and alumnus,” said Courtney Swaim Trimble, President and Founder of FORE HIRE. “We are looking forward to continuing to build relationships and awareness with coaches and players through this partnership.”

     

    Recently, Fore Hire announced the launch of the Women Fore Hire Initiative. The mission of the new initiative is to empower women by creating a diverse pipeline of talent that connects directly to companies throughout the golf industry and beyond. A virtual kick-off panel is scheduled for December 1 where former female college golfers currently in the business world will share stories about their respective journeys. Additionally, there will be two virtual job fairs in January that will offer opportunities from internships to career advancement positions in the golf industry as well as outside organizations.

     

    About FORE HIRE

    FORE HIRE was founded by Courtney Swaim Trimble to help educate and inspire both former and current competitive golfers looking to transition into successful careers in the business world, then connect those athletes with businesses to create mutual opportunities, mentorship programs and professional growth. After dabbling in professional golf for a few years, Trimble found her way back to coaching and landed at Auburn, her alma mater. After three years there she jumped to UCF for her first head coaching job, then moved onto Louisville from 2012-19. Trimble’s coaching success made her realize how passionate she is about helping players progress through their respective golf careers. That is why Fore Hire was created and why the Women Fore Hire Initiative is its biggest focus.

  • Mizuno WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent Mizuno WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the third poll of the 2021 fall season.

     

    In Division I, Stanford University received 17 first-place votes to jump four spots to No. 1, while Oklahoma State University tallied four first-place votes to move up to No. 2. University of Arkansas received one first-place vote to move up three spots to No. 3, while University of Virginia and University of Oregon each leap 17 spots to round out the top-five.

     

    Lynn University jumps to the top spot in Division II after receiving 12 first-place votes, while Limestone University received one first-place vote to move up four spots to No. 2. Dallas Baptist University comes in at No. 3 with two first-place votes, followed by Barry University and University of Findlay at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

     

    In Division III, Carnegie Mellon University remains No. 1 with eight first-place votes, while Methodist University holds steady at No. 2 with one first-place vote. George Fox University received two first-place votes to remain at No. 3, while Centre College jumped three spots to No. 4 with one first-place vote. Williams College remains at No. 5 after receiving two first-place votes.

     

    In NAIA, Oklahoma City University moves up two spots to No. 1 after receiving all but one first-place vote. Keiser University drops one spot to No. 2, while Dalton State College received one first-place vote to come in at No. 3.

     

    The next Mizuno WGCA Coaches Poll will be released on Friday, November 19.

  • Mizuno USA to Become Silver Level Partner with WGCA

    Global sporting goods company Mizuno USA has announced it will be become a Silver Level Partner with the Women’s Golf Coach Association (WGCA), which will include naming rights for the Mizuno WGCA Coaches Poll.

     

    Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA manufactures and distributes baseball, golf, softball, running, swimming, training and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America.

     

    “We are honored to have Mizuno USA as the title sponsor of our coaches poll,” said WGCA President Angie Ravaioli-Larkin. “We are grateful for their partnership and support of women’s collegiate golf.”

     

    “We are so excited to begin a long-term partnership with the WGCA.” says Lauren Smith, Player Development Rep, Mizuno USA. “It’s great to have a presence in the women’s game again and to be able to create greater brand awareness amongst female golfers and their coaches.”

     

    About Mizuno USA

    At Mizuno, we’re passionate about sports, and we’ll strive to help you find your inspiration – just as we have for over 100 years. REACH BEYOND expresses our strongly held desire to constantly push forward. For all who participate and believe in the value of sports, we are a brand that offers superior sporting goods designed to bring happiness and joy to all through the power of sports. We know that playing sports is a journey, and we’re committed to crafting the high-quality products you need throughout that journey – regardless of who you are, which sport you love, and at what level you play.

     

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 650 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.  

  • WGCA Announces 2021 Mark Laesch Award Recipients

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the recipients of the 2021 Mark Laesch Award. Teams were recognized based on improvement in adjusted stroke average per individual per round from the 2019-20 to 2020-21 seasons (denoted in parenthesis below).

     

    Recipients included Fairfield University (11.75) in Division I, Division II’s University of Arkansas Fort Smith (25.86), and Geneva College (101.96) from Division III.

  • University of New Mexico Captures 2020-21 WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award

    The University of New Mexico women’s golf team has been named the recipient of the 2020-21 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 2020-21 season. New Mexico’s 10 team members had an average GPA of 3.993.

     

    Leading Division II was Davenport University, as the team’s nine members averaged a 3.915 GPA, while Macalester College led Division III with a 3.944 average GPA. In NAIA, Ottawa College – Arizona led the division with a GPA of 3.921.

     

    The WGCA also announced the top 25 teams with the highest team GPA for Division I, Division II and Division III, as well as the top 10 teams for NAIA. They are as follows:

     

    Division I

    Place

    University

    Team GPA

    1

    University of New Mexico

    3.993

    2

    Stanford University

    3.990

    3

    Arkansas State University

    3.973

    4

    University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

    3.951

    5

    University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    3.917

    6

    Harvard University

    3.901

    7

    University of Illinois

    3.896

    8

    Seattle University

    3.878

    9

    San Jose State University

    3.877

    10

    University of Mississippi

    3.876

    T11

    University of Cincinnati

    3.857

    T11

    Michigan State University

    3.857

    T11

    North Dakota State University

    3.857

    14

    Bowling Green State University

    3.854

    15

    University of Denver

    3.853

    16

    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    3.851

    17

    Florida International University

    3.847

    18

    California State University, Sacramento

    3.846

    19

    Loyola University Chicago

    3.844

    20

    Bellarmine University

    3.841

    T21

    St. John's University

    3.840

    T21

    University of Detroit Mercy

    3.840

    23

    Quinnipiac University

    3.836

    24

    Creighton University

    3.828

    T25

    Rutgers University

    3.820

    T25

    University of San Francisco

    3.820

     

     

     

     

    Division II

    Place

    University

    Team GPA

    1

    Davenport University

    3.915

    2

    University of Missouri-St. Louis

    3.906

    3

    Lander University

    3.897

    4

    St. Mary's University

    3.873

    5

    Ohio Dominican University

    3.868

    6

    Wayne State University

    3.841

    T7

    Lynn University

    3.810

    T7

    Rollins College

    3.810

    9

    Colorado Christian University

    3.804

    10

    University of Indianapolis

    3.802

    11

    Nova Southeastern University

    3.800

    12

    William Jewell College

    3.766

    13

    University of West Georgia

    3.760

    14

    Concordia University, St. Paul

    3.750

    15

    Rogers State University

    3.740

    16

    University of Central Oklahoma

    3.736

    17

    Lindenwood University

    3.717

    18

    Chadron State College

    3.713

    19

    Rockhurst University

    3.707

    20

    Sonoma State University

    3.691

    21

    Oklahoma Baptist University

    3.681

    22

    Barton College

    3.677

    23

    University of Central Missouri

    3.669

    24

    Lenoir-Rhyne University

    3.668

    25

    Augustana University

    3.643

     

     

     

     

    Division III

    Place

    University

    Team GPA

    1

    Macalester College

    3.944

    2

    The University of Texas at Dallas

    3.910

    3

    Gustavus Adolphus College

    3.862

    4

    Middlebury College

    3.848

    5

    Carnegie Mellon University

    3.830

    6

    Benedictine University

    3.824

    7

    University Of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

    3.809

    8

    Whitman College

    3.767

    9

    Kalamazoo College

    3.764

    10

    St. Catherine University

    3.754

    11

    Augsburg University

    3.753

    12

    Williams College

    3.750

    13

    Washington and Lee University

    3.749

    14

    Washington University in St. Louis

    3.737

    15

    University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

    3.712

    16

    Simpson College

    3.695

    17

    Stevenson University

    3.689

    18

    University of Wisconsin- River Falls

    3.678

    19

    Carleton College

    3.667

    20

    Olivet College

    3.665

    21

    Otterbein University

    3.632

    22

    Edgewood College

    3.620

    T23

    Hope College

    3.619

    T23

    Luther College

    3.619

    25

    St. Olaf College

    3.616

     

     

    NAIA

    Place

    University

    Team GPA

    1

    Ottawa University-Arizona

    3.921

    2

    Briar Cliff University

    3.918

    3

    Montana Technological University

    3.764

    4

    Indiana Wesleyan University

    3.737

    5

    University of South Carolina Beaufort

    3.680

    6

    Menlo College

    3.651

    7

    Keiser University

    3.630

    8

    Sterling College

    3.593

    9

    University of Jamestown

    3.580

    10

    Cumberland University

    3.575

  • Sara Kouskova Named Recipient of the 2021 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award

    niversity of Texas junior Sara Kouskova has been named the recipient of the 2021 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).

     

    Kouskova was named a WGCA Honorable Mention All-American after posting a 72.16 stroke average during the 2020-21 season. She claimed six top-20 finishes, including a win at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, and shot par or better in 14 of her 25 rounds. She helped lead Texas to the NCAA Match Play quarterfinals and finished the season ranked No. 27 in the final Golfstat rankings. 


    A three-time WGCA All-American Scholar, Kouskova has a 3.777 cumulative GPA as a studio art major.

  • WGCA All-American Scholars Announced for 2020-21

    The WGCA All-American Scholars were announced today with a total of 1,432 women’s collegiate golfers recognized with this prestigious honor.  The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

    The 2020-2021 WGCA All-American Scholar Team can be found here:
  • WGCA Announces 2020-21 NAIA Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2020-21 student-athlete and coaches awards for NAIA Women’s Collegiate Golf. The awards are selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches. For more information, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    NAIA PING WGCA Player of the Year

    Michela Tjan, Keiser University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/558677179

     

    NAIA WGCA Freshman of the Year Presented by StrackaLine

    Nichakorn Prapsripoom, William Carey University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/558678793

     

    NAIA Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year Presented by Golf Pride

    Brandon Miller, Keiser University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/559042496

     

    NAIA Kim Moore Spirit Award

    Arianna Medina, Oklahoma City University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/559045983

     

    WGCA NAIA All-American Teams

    First Team

    Alessia Cristina Avanzo, SCAD Savannah

    Madison Bates, Loyola University New Orleans

    Serra Evrengil, Keiser University

    Natalie Gough, Oklahoma City University

    Nicole Jung, Taylor University

    Nichakorn Prapsripoom, William Carey University

    Michela Tjan, Keiser University

     

    Second Team

    Deeya Aggarwal, Keiser University

    Mailey Buzzell, Dalton State College

    Cami Culp, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

    Taylor French, Taylor University

    Sydney Hermann, Dalton State College

    Carlee Shoemaker, Cumberland University

    Maddie Thomas, Taylor University

     

    Honorable Mention Team

    Ariana Castro, SCAD Savannah

    Cameron Daniel, Dalton State College

    Kristine Kloda, Keiser University

    Michaela Lindahl, Milligan University

    Lucia Pena, Cumberland University

    Alayna Perryman, Milligan University

    Isabel Rijos, Dalton State College

  • Kory Henkes Named 2020-21 Division I Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Kory Henkes, head coach of the University of Mississippi Rebels, has been named the 2020-21 Division I Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year Presented by Golf Pride.

     

    Kory Henkes acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/558202268

     

    Henkes recently completed her sixth season with Mississippi in 2020-21, leading the Rebels to the school’s first national championship since football's 1962 title and the first ever national championship for a women’s team. Mississippi finished in fourth place or better in nine of the team’s 10 tournaments during the 2020-21 season, including first place finishes at the East Lake Cup and Gators Invitational. In May, two Rebel golfers earned WGCA All-America honors, with Julia Johnson becoming the program’s first-ever First-Team All-American.

     

    In addition, the WGCA has announced the 2020-21 Golf Pride 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 2020-21 Golf Pride WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year are as follows:

     

    South Region Coach of the Year: Kory Henkes, University of Mississippi

    East Region Coach of the Year: Dan Brooks, Duke University

    Central Region Coach of the Year: Greg Robertson, Oklahoma State University

    West Region Coach of the Year: Anne Walker, Stanford University

     

  • Jon Whithaus Named 2020-21 Division I Golf Pride WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Jon Whithaus, Associate Head Golf Coach at Duke University, has been named the 2020-21 Division I Golf Pride WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/557706743

     

    Since joining Duke as an assistant coach in 2014, Whithaus has helped lead the Blue Devils to an NCAA Championship, two NCAA Regional titles, three ACC Championships and six postseason appearances. After not competing in the fall of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke finished in the top three in every tournament throughout the spring 2021 season, including first-place finishes at the Gamecock Intercollegiate, Cavalier Match Play and the ACC Championships. Whithaus also helped guide Duke to an appearance in the semifinals of match play at the NCAA Championship.  The Blue Devils boasted four WGCA All-Americans in 2020-21, which was the most from a single team in the nation.

  • WGCA Announces 2021-22 Board of Directors

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced its new Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2021.

     

    Changes from the 2020-21 Board of Directors include Ryan Ashburn of University of North Carolina at Charlotte as the new Division I Representative, Kelsie Carralero of Washington and Lee University as the new Division III Representative and Maddi Swaney of Oklahoma State University as the new Assistant Coach Representative.

     

    The full list of the 2021-22 Board of Directors includes:

     

    Angie Ravaioli-Larkin, President

    Texas Christian University

     

    Lisa Strom, Vice President

    Kent State University

     

    Laura Cilek, Associate VP 1

    Colorado State

     

    Anna Temple, Associate VP 2

    University of California, Davis

     

    Carol Robertson, Associate VP 3

    Virginia Tech

     

    Diana Cantu, Secretary

    University of Maryland

     

    Kari Williams, Treasurer

    Rutgers University

     

    Nancy McDaniel, Division I Director

    University of California, Berkeley

     

    Ryan Ashburn, Division I Representative

    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

     

    Michael Bond, Division II Director

    University of Central Oklahoma

     

    Kenny Trapp, Division II Representative

    Dallas Baptist University

     

    Paulette Pera, Division III Director

    University of California, Santa Cruz

     

    Kelsie Carralero, Division III Representative

    Washington and Lee University

     

    Erika Brennan, Communications Director

    University of South Florida

     

    Maddi Swaney, Assistant Coach Representative

    Oklahoma State University

     

    Todd Oehrlein, Immediate Past President

    University of Wisconsin

  • WGCA Announces Second Team and Honorable Mention All-Americans

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Second Team and Honorable Mention All-Americans were announced today, joining the First Team selections that were released earlier this week.  

     

    WGCA Second Team All-Americans

    Jaravee Boonchant, Senior, Duke University

    Briana Chacon, Sophomore, University of Oregon

    Lauren Hartlage, Redshirt Senior, University of Louisville

    Yu-Sang Hou, Senior, University of Arizona

    Irene Kim, Sophomore, Northwestern University

    Rachel Kuehn, Sophomore, Wake Forest University

    Agathe Laisne, Senior, University of Texas

    Caley McGinty, Sophomore, Kent State University

    Kaitlyn Papp, Senior, University of Texas

    Ana Pelaez, Senior, University of South Carolina

    Erica Shepherd, Sophomore, Duke University

    Lauren Walsh, Sophomore, Wake Forest University

     

    WGCA Honorable Mention All-Americans

    Alyaa Abdulghany, Sophomore, University of Southern California

    Kajsa Arwefjall, Sophomore, San Jose State University

    Phoebe Brinker, Freshman, Duke University

    Allisen Corpuz, Junior, University of Southern California

    Isabella Fierro, Sophomore, Oklahoma State University

    Sara Kouskova, Junior, University of Texas

    Ashley Lau, Junior, University of Michigan

    Beth Lillie, Senior, University of Virginia

    Ashley Menne, Freshman, Arizona State University

    Virunpat Olankitkunchai, Senior, University of Maryland

    Emily Price, Junior, Kent State University

    Celina Sattelkau, Sophomore, Vanderbilt University

    Kate Smith, Senior, University of Nebraska

    Latanna Stone, Sophomore, Louisiana State University

    Kennedy Swann, Senior, University of Mississippi

    Rina Tatematsu, Freshman, Oklahoma State University

    Teresa Toscano, Senior, South Dakota State University

     

    These All-Americans join the following WGCA First Team All-Americans announced on Wednesday, May 26:

     

    WGCA First Team All-Americans

    Karen Fredgaard, Sophomore, University of Houston

    Linn Grant, Sophomore, Arizona State University

    Rachel Heck, Freshman, Stanford University

    Julia Johnson, Senior, University of Mississippi

    Gina Kim, Junior, Duke University

    Ingrid Lindblad, Sophomore, Louisiana State University

    Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, Sophomore, University of South Carolina

    Emma Spitz, Sophomore, University of California, Los Angeles

    Maja Stark, Sophomore, Oklahoma State University

    Beatrice Wallin, Junior, Florida State University

    Angelina Ye, Sophomore, Stanford University

     

    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
  • Rachel Heck Sweeps Major Women's Collegiate Golf Awards

    Rachel Heck, Stanford University freshman, has been named both the 2020-21 Division I PING WGCA Player of the Year and the 2020-21 Division I WGCA Freshman of the Year Presented by StrackaLine, the organization’s highest player honors for the 2020-21 season. The awards were announced today at the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship being held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

     

    Recognized annually as the top honor in women's collegiate golf, the PING WGCA Player of the Year is awarded to the best player in Division I, II, III and NAIA 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. These criteria 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 Freshman of the Year Presented by StrackaLine is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I, II, III and NAIA women's golf and is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches.

     

    Heck, a native of Memphis, Tenn., became Stanford's first individual National Champion on Monday, finishing with a 72-hole score of 280 (-8) to claim the title. It was the freshman’s sixth title of the season, which is already tied for fourth-most in a career in school history, and she became just the third collegiate woman to win her Conference, Regional and National titles in the same season. Heck also set a new NCAA record with a 69.72 scoring average this season.

  • Division I 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 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship being held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

     

    WGCA First Team All-Americans

    Karen Fredgaard, Sophomore, University of Houston

    Linn Grant, Sophomore, Arizona State University

    Rachel Heck, Freshman, Stanford University

    Julia Johnson, Senior, University of Mississippi

    Gina Kim, Junior, Duke University

    Ingrid Lindblad, Sophomore, Louisiana State University

    Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, Sophomore, University of South Carolina

    Emma Spitz, Sophomore, University of California, Los Angeles

    Maja Stark, Sophomore, Oklahoma State University

    Beatrice Wallin, Junior, Florida State University

    Angelina Ye, Sophomore, Stanford University

     

    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 Team will be announced after the conclusion of the tournament.

  • Sofia Garcia Receives WGCA Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award

    Texas Tech University redshirt senior Sofia Garcia has received the 2021 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award.

     

    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.

     

    Acceptance Video: https://vimeo.com/554783650

     

    As a freshman during the 2016-17 season, Sofia Garcia made an immediate impact on the Texas Tech women’s golf team. She led the Red Raiders during the spring season with a 73.6 scoring average after playing in all 10 events, the sixth-lowest scoring average in program history and the lowest ever for a Tech freshman.

     

    Garcia looked to continue her success into her sophomore season, opening the fall of 2017 with the lowest 54-hole score of her career to place sixth at the Jim West Challenge. However, shortly after the tournament, she suffered a torn ACL and required season-ending surgery.

     

    Her dedication and commitment to rehab allowed Garcia to return to the course even stronger than before. Since coming back from her injury she is a two-time WGCA All-American, two-time Arnold Palmer Cup recipient and competed at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur in April. Recently, she snapped the Texas Tech individual record with her fifth career medalist honor at the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational. She owns three of the top-six season averages in program history, including each of the top two spots, and currently holds the school record for the best career stroke average at 72.2.

     

    Off the course, Garcia is a four-time WGCA All-American Scholar and a three-year member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She earned her undergraduate degree with a 3.767 GPA in International Economics. She is scheduled to obtain her master’s in business degree (MBA) this August after graduating with a 3.615 GPA in Texas Tech’s STEM Business program.

  • WGCA Announces 2020-21 Division III National Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the remaining 2020-21 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    Division III PING WGCA Player of the Year

    Jillian Drinkard, Methodist University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/555212526

     

    Division III WGCA Freshman of the Year Presented by StrackaLine

    Makensie Toole, George Fox University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/555223455

     

    Division III Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year Presented by Golf Pride

    Tom Inczauskis, Methodist University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/555227526

     

    Division III Golf Pride WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Craig Onsrud, Illinois Wesleyan University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/555238816

     

    Division III Kim Moore Spirit Award

    Abigail Davis, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/555242826

  • WGCA Announces 2020-21 Division III Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the first 2020-21 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf, including WGCA All-American Teams, WGCA All-Region Teams and the Golf Pride WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    WGCA Division III All-American Teams

    First Team

    Jillian Drinkard, Methodist University

    Hannah Jugar, University of Redlands

    Megan Kanaby, Washington and Lee University

    Hunter Kehoe, Saint Mary's College (IN)

    Alexis Sudjianto, Carnegie Mellon University

    Rylee Suttor, Centre College

    Alison Takamiya, George Fox University

    Makensie Toole, George Fox University

     

    Second Team

    Danielle Bambola, SUNY Cortland

    Paige Church, Methodist University

    Sarah Hsu, Oglethorpe University

    Iris Liu, University of Redlands

    Nicole Miller, Bethel University

    Denise Pan, Carnegie Mellon University

    Ingrid Steingrimsen, Methodist University

    Olivia White, Williams College

     

    Honorable Mention

    Michelle Cao, Carnegie Mellon University

    Shreya Ganta, Christopher Newport University

    Kendall Nicholson, University of Redlands

    Caraline Oakley, Washington University in St. Louis

    Natalie Robson, York College of Pennsylvania

    Malini Rudra, Williams College

     

    Division III Golf Pride WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year

    East Region Coach of the Year: Tomas Adalsteinsson, Williams College

    Great Lakes Coach of the Year: Dan Rodgers, Carnegie Mellon University

    Southeast Region Coach of the Year: Tom Inczauskis, Methodist University

    Midwest Region Coach of the Year: Mary Giorgi, St. Catherine University

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

     

    WGCA All-Region Teams

    Region 1/East Region

    Priya Bakshi, Amherst College

    Danielle Bambola, SUNY Cortland

    Jenny Hua, Amherst College

    Allie LeeHoffman, Hamilton College

    Emily Moy, Hamilton College

    Katie Murphy, Middlebury College

    Natalie Robson, York College of Pennsylvania

    Malini Rudra, Williams College

    Olivia White, Williams College

    Stella Woo, Williams College

    Melinda Yuan, Williams College

    Tianyi Zhuang, Williams College

     

    Region 2/Southeast

    Margaret Butts, Centre College

    Mariana Chong, Emory University

    Paige Church, Methodist University

    Jillian Drinkard, Methodist University

    Shreya Ganta, Christopher Newport University

    Meaghan Grant, Centre College

    Sarah Hsu, Oglethorpe University

    Megan Kanaby, Washington and Lee University

    Emma Phillips, Birmingham Southern College

    Ingrid Steingrimsen, Methodist University

    Rylee Suttor, Centre College

    Erica Whitehouse, Christopher Newport University

     

    Region 3/Midwest

    Jordan Amelon, St. Catherine University

    Sydney Brown, St. Catherine University

    Nina Kouchi, Grinnell College

    Emily Kratz, Gustavus Adolphus College

    Lexi Meade, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

    Nicole Miller, Bethel University

    Kristin Miyagi, Carleton College

    Caraline Oakley, Washington University in St. Louis

    Jaycee Rhodes, St. Catherine University

    Ashton Sinak, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

    Kate Taylor, St. Catherine University

    Anna Tollefson, Bethel University

     

    Region 4/Great Lakes

    Michelle Cao, Carnegie Mellon University

    Jackie Garcia, Illinois Wesleyan University

    Marin Halvorsen, Wheaton College

    Laine Hursh, Denison University

    Hunter Kehoe, Saint Mary's College (IN)

    Kate Munro, Carthage College

    Denise Pan, Carnegie Mellon University

    Charlotte Simpson, Carnegie Mellon University

    Alexis Sudjianto, Carnegie Mellon University

    Nadia Susanto- Carnegie Mellon University

    Megan Wong, Denison University

    Rachel Zhang, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

     

    Region 5/West

    Karen Alvarez, University of Texas at Dallas

    Madison Goldberg, Southwestern University

    Kaila Higgins, Chapman University

    Hannah Jugar, University of Redlands

    Marissa Langer, University of Texas at Dallas

    Iris Liu, University of Redlands

    Sydney McConnell, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

    Alex McMenamin, George Fox University

    Kendall Nicholson, University of Redlands

    Mikaela Paracuelles, University of California, Santa Cruz

    Alison Takamiya, George Fox University

    Makensie Toole, George Fox University

  • WGCA Announces Division I Watch List for National Coach of the Year

    The WGCA has announced its watch list for the 2020-21 Division I Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year Presented by Golf Pride. The award will be announced after medal play at the upcoming NCAA Championship.

     

    Recognized as the highest annual coaching honor in women's collegiate golf, the Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year Presented by Golf Pride is awarded annually to the top coach in Division I, II III and NAIA women's golf. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the top head coach for the past year.

     

    Coach of the Year Watch List

    • Kalen Anderson, University of South Carolina
    • Amy Bond, Florida State University
    • Golda Borst, University of Kentucky
    • Dan Brooks, Duke University
    • Diana Cantu, University of Maryland
    • Jan Dowling, University of Michigan
    • Jay Goble, Baylor University
    • Kory Henkes, University of Mississippi
    • Lindsay Kuhle, University of Denver
    • Missy Farr-Kaye, Arizona State University
    • Kim Lewellen, Wake Forest University
    • Melissa Luellen, Auburn University
    • Derek Radley, University of Oregon
    • Carol Robertson, Virginia Tech
    • Greg Robertson, Oklahoma State University
    • Garrett Runion, Louisiana State University
    • Justin Silverstein, University of Southern California
    • Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, Michigan State University
    • Lisa Strom, Kent State University
    • Anne Walker, Stanford University
  • WGCA Announces Remaining 2020-21 Division II Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2020-21 national coaching awards for Division II Women’s Collegiate Golf, as well as WGCA Division II Second Team and Honorable Mention All-Americans. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    Division II Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year Presented by Golf Pride

    Kenny Trapp, Dallas Baptist University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/551918620

     

    Division II Golf Pride WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Josh Aguilar, Dallas Baptist University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/551603486

     

    WGCA Division II All-American Team

    Second Team

    Maddie Ananthasane, University of North Georgia

    Ainsley Cowart, University of West Georgia

    Monica Dibildox, St. Mary’s University

    Alice Gatti, Lynn University

    Jacqueline Klemm, Arkansas Tech University

    Anna Kramer, University of Indianapolis

    Hailey McLaughlin, Wingate University

    Pilar Martinez, Limestone University

    Jessica Rathbone, Anderson University

    Francesca Santoni, St. Leo University

    Jill Schmitmeyer, University of Findlay

    Jaycie Stewart, Dallas Baptist University

    Stina Wickstrom, Limestone University

    Meredith Wipper, University of Findlay

    Sarah Wongsinth, Texas A&M University – Commerce

     

    Honorable Mention Team

    Estelle Beck, St. Mary’s University

    Julia Garcia, Dallas Baptist University

    Jessica Green, Rogers State University

    Solange Gomez, University of West Florida

    Sophie-Charlott Hempel, Texas A&M University – Commerce

    Camilla Jarvela, Oklahoma Christian University

    Faith Kilgore, Colorado Christian University

    Taylor Oberparleiter, Limestone University

    Sofia Ruescas, St. Mary’s University

    Lena Schilowsky, Limestone University

    Supuschaya Srichantamit, Lee University

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

    The WGCA has announced its watch list for the 2020-21 Division I PING WGCA Player of the Year and 2020-21 Division I WGCA Freshman of the Year Presented by StrackaLine. Both awards will be announced after medal play at the upcoming NCAA Championship.

     

    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, III and NAIA 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.

     

    Player of the Year Watch List

    • Karen Fredgaard, SO, University of Houston. Averaging 70.27 and has placed in the top-five in three tournaments, including a first-place finish at the UCF Challenge.  
    • Linn Grant, SO, Arizona State University. Scoring average of 70.70. She has seven top-five finishes, including four wins and a tie for second place at the NCAA Columbus Regional.
    • Rachel Heck, FR, Stanford University. Scoring average of 69.67 with seven top-10 finishes. Won five tournaments, including the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA Stanford Regional.
    • Ingrid Lindblad, SO, Louisiana State University. Averaging 70.26. Has placed in the top-10 in all nine stroke play events this season, with wins at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.
    • Caley McGinty, SO, Kent State University. Averaging 71.71 and has five top-10 finishes, including three wins and a tie for second place at the NCAA Columbus Regional.
    • Ana Pelaez, SR, University of South Carolina. Averaging 70.50 and has five top-10 finishes this spring, including three in the top-five.
    • Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, SO, University of South Carolina. Has a 70.44 scoring average. She has five top-five finishes, including wins at The Ally, Moon Golf Invitational. Valspar Augusta Invitational and the SEC Championship.
    • Maja Stark, SO, Oklahoma State University. Scoring average of 70.22 and has five top-three finishes. She won the Heroes Ladies Intercollegiate and the Mountain View Collegiate.
    • Emma Spitz, SO, UCLA. Has a 71.80 scoring average and six top-five finishes, including a win at the NCAA Louisville Regional.
    • Beatrice Wallin, JR, Florida State University. Averaging 70.48 and has six top-10 finishes, including wins at the Florida State Mach-Up and Pinetree Collegiate.

     

    The WGCA Freshman of the Year Presented by StrackaLine is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I, II, III and NAIA women's golf and is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches.

     

    Freshman of the Year Watch List

    • Rachel Heck, FR, Stanford University. Scoring average of 69.67 with seven top-10 finishes. Won five tournaments, including the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA Stanford Regional.
    • Nataliya Guseva, FR, University of Miami. Scoring average of 71.40. Has six top-20 finishes, including four in the top-six.
    • Benedetta Moresco, FR, University of Alabama. Averaging 71.72 with four top-10 finishes.
  • WGCA Announces 2020-21 Division II National Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2020-21 student-athlete national awards for Division II Women’s Collegiate Golf. The PING WGCA Division II Player of the Year, WGCA Division II Freshman of the Year Presented by StrackaLine, and WGCA Division II First Team All-Americans were recognized on Thursday at the Division II NCAA Women's Golf Championship in Detroit, Michigan. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    PING WGCA Division II Player of the Year

    Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/551463185

     

    WGCA Division II Freshman of the Year Presented by StrackaLine

    Olivia Mitchell, Dallas Baptist University

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/549340996

     

    WGCA Division II All-American Team

    First Team

    Katie Chipman, Grand Valley State University

    Faith DeLaGarza, Dallas Baptist University

    Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis

    Alice Gotbring, Barry University

    Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University

    Ebba Hellman, Limestone University

    Helen Kreuzer, Lynn University

    Camila Madariaga, Lynn University

    Olivia Mitchell, Dallas Baptist University

    Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa

    Megan Sabol, University of North Georgia

    Anahi Servin, Academy of Art University

    Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M University

    Emma Thorngren, University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • WGCA Renames Highest Annual Coaching Honor to The Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the renaming of its highest annual coaching honor, the Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year, to The Jackie Steinmann WGCA National Coach of the Year Presented by Golf Pride. The award will honor Steinmann, a legend in the world of women’s collegiate golf and the founder of the WGCA.

     

    “Coach Steinmann embodied what it means to be Coach of the Year,” said WGCA President Angie Ravaioli-Larkin. “She won championships with character and class. She not only served as the first president of the WGCA, she established the WGCA. Coach gave so much of her time to the development of women’s college golf her entire career, and continued to serve our coaches and athletes even after retiring. I am thrilled that her name and legacy will be honored in our most prestigious coach’s award.”

     

    “Mom loved coaching and all the lives she touched and friends she made,” said Steinmann’s daughter, Heidi Steinmann. “She was an inspiration in everything she did during her diverse, accomplished life, but coaching was probably most dear to her heart.  I know she would be extremely honored by this recognition.  We, her family, are so proud of her and so touched that she’ll be remembered in this way for many years to come.  I can see her smiling that big Jackie grin right now!”

     

    Steinmann, the first coach in UCLA women's golf history, built the program into a national powerhouse. UCLA won 43 tournament titles under Steinmann, including the 1991 NCAA Championship, and finished in the top-10 at the national championships 10 times.

     

    In addition to founding the WGCA, Steinmann is a member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame. She is a two-time recipient of the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award, the WGCA’s most prestigious honor, and was named the WGCA National Coach of the Year in 1996.

     

    Steinmann passed away on October 24, 2020 at the age of 93. She is survived by her three children, Heidi, Gregor and Lance, son-in-law Robert, daughters-in-law Robin and Lili, eight grandchildren, Rylan, Caitlin, Becker, Tiffany, Eric, Birgen, Kaitlyn and Annalise, and two great grandchildren, Rhett and Krew.

  • WGCA Announces 2020-21 Division II Regional Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2020-21 student-athlete and coaches regional awards for Division II Women’s Collegiate Golf, as well as the recipient of the Division II Kim Moore Spirit Award. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    WGCA Division II Kim Moore Spirit Award

    Lacie Fox, University of Nebraska at Kearney

     

    Acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/548836393/20b52c848b

     

    Division II Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year

    South Region Coach of the Year: Marcelo Huarte, Lynn University

    Central Region Coach of the Year: Whitney Hocutt, Rogers State 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-Region Teams

    Central Region

    Allie Bianchi, Henderson State University

    Megan Brown, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

    Allycia Gan, Missouri Western State University

    Jessica Green, Rogers State University

    Rosie Klausner, University of Central Missouri

    Jacqueline Klemm, Arkansas Tech University

    Susana Olivares, University of Central Oklahoma

    Kaylee Petersen, Northeastern State University

    Josie Roberson, Arkansas Tech University

    Katie Whitfield, Arkansas Tech University

     

    South Region

    Maddie Ananthasane, University of North Georgia

    Alice Gatti, Lynn University

    Solange Gomez, University of West Florida

    Alice Gotbring, Barry University

    Ebba Hellman, Limestone University

    Helen Kreuzer, Lynn University

    Camila Madariaga, Lynn University

    Hailey McLaughlin, Wingate University

    Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa

    Megan Sabol, University of North Georgia

     

    West Region

    Faith DeLaGarza, Dallas Baptist University

    Monica Dibildox, St. Mary’s University

    Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University

    Faith Kilgore, Colorado Christian University

    Olivia Mitchell, Dallas Baptist University

    Sofia Ruescas, St. Mary’s University

    Anahi Servin, Academy of Art University

    Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M University

    Jaycie Stewart, Dallas Baptist University

    Sarah Wongsinth, Texas A&M University - Commerce

     

    East Region

    Katie Chipman, Grand Valley State University

    Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis

    Sydni Harding, Northwood University

    Cailyn Henderson, University of Indianapolis

    Anna Kramer, University of Indianapolis

    Megan Miron, Grand Valley State University

    Hunter Nugent, University of Indianapolis

    Alice Putoud, Tiffin University

    Jill Schmitmeyer, University of Findlay

    Emma Thorngren, University of Missouri-St. Louis

    Meredith Wipper, University of Findlay

  • University of Akron student-athlete Ivana Shah Awarded 2021 Dinah Shore Trophy

    University of Akron sophomore Ivana Shah has been named the 2021 Dinah Shore Trophy award winner, bolstering her status as one of the top collegiate female players that has made an impact on the golf course with her leadership and in the community through charitable endeavors.

    Administered by the LPGA Foundation, the Dinah Shore Trophy recognizes women’s golf student-athletes who excel in academics (3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and athletics—playing at least 50% of the team’s scheduled events, while maintaining a scoring average of 78 or less. Nominees must also demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service.

    “It is such an honor to be the recipient of the 2021 Dinah Shore Trophy award,” said Shah, a two-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar. “Winning this award proves to me that no matter how bad things may seem in life, we can always do more to serve and support those around us. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to play the sport I love, while also receiving an amazing education.”

    A native of Mumbai, India, Shah is a leader in the classroom and on the golf course. She is the captain of the women’s golf team and a two-year Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member. Shah boasts a 3.902 GPA and is on track to graduate in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering.

    Inside the ropes, Shah owns a trio of top-10 performances in her Zips career. She tied for ninth at the 2019 Colonel Classic as a freshman and then tied for seventh as a sophomore at the 2019 Fall Preview before an outright fifth-place result at the 2021 MAC Championship as an academic junior. A two-time MAC Golfer of the Week selection, Shah has led the Zips’ lineup in scoring for nine tournaments during her career.


    Away from the course and classroom, Shah is the co-founder of Call To Action based in Akron, Ohio. It is a volunteering organization that strives to bridge the gap between eager volunteers and non-profit groups. For volunteers, they organize opportunities to desired non-governmental organizations and for the non-profits, Call to Action serves as a one-stop resource to deliver volunteers as needed. They aim to alleviate any struggles that non-profit groups face when searching for volunteers. You can follow the organization on Instagram @calltoactionakron.

    “I co-founded Call To Action with the mission to help the less fortunate in my community, hoping that I could encourage more students to do the same,” Shah said. “I would like to thank my parents, coach, team and all those that support me. I would especially like to thank the LPGA Foundation and Friends of Golf for this award and donation.”

    The Dinah Shore Trophy Award is a joint effort between the LPGA Foundation, Friends of Golf (FOG) organization and the ANA Inspiration, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour schedule 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 women’s golf program at the University of Akron.

    Past winners of this prestigious award include current LPGA Tour players Stacy Lewis (University of Arkansas, 2007) and Amy Olson (North Dakota State University, 2012), current Symetra Tour members Casey Danielson (Stanford University, 2017) and Alice Chen (Furman University, 2018), as well as Golf Channel personality and former LPGA Tour player Amanda Blumenherst (Duke University, 2008/2009).

    The LPGA Foundation announced the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund in March 1994 in honor of the late Dinah Shore, a Vanderbilt University graduate and an honorary member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame. The Dinah Shore Trophy Award has contributed more than $200,000 to women's collegiate golf programs since its inception.

    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.

    Established in 1991, the LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives. Key priorities include: LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Leadership Academy, scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry who are experiencing severe hardship. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to the LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA Headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, +1 386-274-6200 and on the web at https://www.girlsgolf.org/donate-foundation.

    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 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, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

  • StrackaLine Named Exclusive Partner of WGCA, GCAA

    StrackaLine, maker of golf’s premier greens guides, yardage books and hole location software, has been announced as the Official Exclusive Partner of both the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). 

    "StrackaLine is thrilled to enter into long-term exclusive relationships with the women’s and men’s college coaches associations," says Jim Stracka, owner of StrackaLine. "College players are the future mavens of golf. Whether as a LPGA/PGA Tour player or a club champion, they are truly the future of golf."

    In addition to StrackaLine being the Official Yardage and Greens Book of the WGCA and GCAA, it will be the presenting sponsor of each association’s Freshman of the Year Award. The WGCA Freshman of the Year presented by StrackaLine will be presented each year to the most outstanding female freshman golfer in NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, while the Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award Presented by StrackaLine will be presented each year to the most outstanding men’s freshman golfer in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA Division’s I & II.

    “StrackaLine has been an important partner of the WGCA and we are excited to solidify this exclusive, long-term relationship,” stated Roger Yaffe, WGCA Executive Director. “Additionally, the StrackaLine name will also be synonymous with the top freshman in college golf which includes past winners sch as Lorena Ochoa, Amanda Blumenherst, and Sophia Popov.”

    “StrackaLine has and continues to set the standard for elite level college and amateur golfers with their greens guides, yardage books, and hole location software,” said GCAA CEO Gregg Grost. “Collegians closely watch and follow the lead of Tour Professionals around the world with their green reading expertise, of which StrackaLine is the industry gold standard.”