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  • WGCA Announces Creation of The Juli Inkster Senior Award

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the creation of a new award, The Juli Inkster Senior Award.

     

    “This is a great honor to have this award named after me,” said Inkster.  “It’s a privilege to be able to play college golf at all levels. To have a player be honored for her commitment to the school, coaches and her teammates is what this award is about.”

     

    “On behalf of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, I’d like to thank Juli for her support of this award as well as the college golf experience,” said WGCA President Todd Oehrlein. “To have our top ranked seniors recognized with an award bearing her name is an incredible honor. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to create this award.”

     

    The Juli Inkster Senior Award will be an annual award administered by the WGCA recognizing the highest ranked women's collegiate golfer in her final year of NCAA eligibility. The award will be presented at the completion of the school year and will be awarded separately to the top Division I, II and III players. The recipient must be academically eligible per NCAA rules and have played a minimum of 15 rounds (Division I) or 12 rounds (Division II and III) during the year.  Both the Golfstat and Golfweek Sagarin Rankings will be incorporated to determine the average ranking. 

     

    A three-time All-American at San Jose State University, Inkster was named the 1982 Broderick Award recipient. From 1980 to 1982 she won three consecutive U.S. Women's Amateurs, becoming the first woman since 1934 to do so. She turned professional in 1983 and has since racked up 31 career LPGA wins and seven major championship victories. Inkster has also represented Team USA at the Solheim Cup nine times, which was the American record at the time of her last appearance as a player in the 2011 Solheim Cup. In 2012, she was inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame.

     

    The first awards will be presented after the completion of the 2019-20 women’s collegiate golf season. The Division I women’s golf recipient will receive a sponsor exemption into the next Cambia Portland Classic and have the opportunity to spend time with Juli Inkster during a two-day mentorship retreat.

  • Lissa Bradford and Jamie Howell Honored with Prestigious Coaching Awards at 2019 GCAA and WGCA Conve

    The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), in collaboration with the PGA of America, today announced the recipients of the prestigious Labron Harris Sr. Award, as well as the Kim Evans Award, which were presented today at the 2019 GCAA and WGCA Conventions in Las Vegas. 

     

    Belmont University Women’s Golf Coach Lissa Bradford, PGA received the 2019 Kim Evans Award, while Eastern Florida State College Head Men’s Golf Coach Jamie Howell, PGA was named the recipient of the 2019 Labron Harris Sr. Award.

     

    Both respective awards are presented to the college or high school coach, and Class A PGA Professional, whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game of golf and represent the finest qualities the game has to offer.

     

    “It’s an honor to congratulate PGA Members Lissa Bradford and Jamie Howell on receiving these two prestigious national coaching awards from the WGCA and GCAA,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “Coaching is at the heart of the PGA of America’s mission to grow the game, and these two outstanding college coaches represent our Association at the highest of levels with their tremendous passion for the game and its future.” 

     

    In its second year, the prestigious Kim Evans Award honors the lifetime achievement of the WGCA Hall of Fame Coach from Auburn University. 

     

    Lissa Bradford, PGA has been at the helm of the Belmont University Women’s Golf program since 2001. The team regularly earns academic accolades, and last season the Bruins earned the NCAA APR Recognition Award for the 11th consecutive year. In addition, three golfers: Emma Kate Liu, Carlee Nanney and Julia Nittoli were named to the WGCA All-American Scholar Team.

     

    “Kim Evans has always been someone I have admired both in the coaching world and junior golf arena,” said Bradford. “It is such an honor to be recognized with an award bearing her name.  Her strength, passion and dedication to life and the game are an inspiration to us all.”

     

    In addition to her coaching duties, Bradford serves as Senior Director of Junior Golf for the Tennessee Golf Foundation, as well as on the Tennessee PGA Section Junior Golf and Growth of the Game Committees. She also volunteers for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), Special Olympics Golf and as a Stephen Ministry Leader with her church.

     

    In 2010, Bradford received the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award, the WGCA’s most prestigious honor. Afterwards, she began a four-year term as a member of the NCAA Women's Golf Committee.  She now serves annually at both NCAA regional and national championship events.  Recently, she was named to the PGA Magazine Women Leaders Platform.

     

    Jamie Howell, PGA the Labron Harris Sr. Award recipient, is in his 18th season at Eastern Florida State College, where the Titans mens golf team has compiled 48 tournament wins. He has coached 27 All-Americans, with three players winning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) individual national titles. Howell was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2019, and was named the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year in 2015. He has been the District Coach of the Year eight times in his career.

     

    “Labron Harris Sr. blazed a trail in the world of collegiate golf few could ever hope to achieve,” said Howell. “To be mentioned in the same breath is humbling to say the least. I am proud to carry on the tradition he embodied in the PGA of America and the collegiate golf world.”

     

    The Titans have reached the NJCAA National Tournament in all 17 of his seasons, with one 2nd place finish and two 3rd place finishes. His 2006-‘07 team was named the Florida Community College Activities Association Male Academic Team of the Year.

     

    Howell also played professionally on the PGA European Tour from 1988-1990.

  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the fourth and final poll of the 2019-20 fall season.

     

    In Division I, University of Texas is the unanimous No. 1 after receiving all first-place votes, while Arizona State University moves up one spot to No. 2. Wake Forest University jumps one spot to No. 3, while Kent State University climbed two spots to sit at No. 4. University of Arizona enters the top-five after a three-spot jump.

     

    In Division II, University of Indianapolis remains No. 1 with 10 first-place votes, while Nova Southeastern University received two first-place votes to stay at the No. 2 spot. University of Findlay moves up one spot to No. 3, while Dallas Baptist University received one first-place vote to jump to No. 4. Lynn University rounds out the top-five after falling two spots.

     

    Carnegie Melon University remains No. 1 in Division III with seven first-place votes, while University of Redlands received four first-place votes to stay at No. 2. Washington University in St. Louis received one first-place vote to jump three spots, coming in at No. 3, while George Fox University and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps remain in the top-five, each falling one spot.

  • Judi Pavon Named Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient

    Judi Pavon, Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Tennessee, has been named the 2020 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor.  Pavon will be recognized on Sunday evening, December 8, 2019 at the WGCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

     

    Pavon served on the WGCA Board of Directors from 2007-2014, holding the position of President from 2010-2012. She also served on the Awards Committee and Hall of Fame Committee while on the board.

    Since 2000, the Lady Vols women’s golf program has participated in a pen pal program with local third graders, which includes writing letters, hosting golf lessons on campus, and visiting the classroom at the end of the year. In addition, the program hosts an annual golf clinic for girls in the community, with both coaches and players participating. Pavon also assisted in developing a Grads to Golf program, which teaches the game of golf to female MBA students to prepare them to play the game in their future working environment.

     

    In her 19 years as Head Women’s Golf Coach at Tennessee, the Lady Vols have never failed to reach postseason play and have went on to make 12 NCAA Championship appearances. Under Pavon, student-athletes earned All-American honors 29 times, All-SEC honors 60 times, and All-American Scholar accolades 51 times.

  • Mark Tribus Announced as Speaker at WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions

    Renown speaker on leadership development Mark Tribus, will speak at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions on Monday, December 9 in Las Vegas.

     

    A graduate of West Point and Harvard Business School, Tribus’ passions are leadership development, team-building, and designing inspirational experiences that create lasting change. Mark served a twenty-year career in the US Army, including Ranger/Airborne training, a tour at the Joint Special Operations Command, and a combat tour in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

     

    Tribus developed and taught leadership courses at West Point and Duke University. He regularly facilitates retreats for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and companies interested in developing authentic, high-functioning, and effective teams.

     

    Tribus has conducted over 200 unique team-building experiences for elite athletic teams, including the 2010 National Champion Duke Men’s Basketball and Lacrosse teams. Tribus has designed and executed numerous leader development experiences/courses for business executives, doctors, student-athletes, MBA programs and college merit scholar programs.
  • Carrie Cecil Announced as Speaker at WGCA Member Convention

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that CEO of ANACHEL Communications and SM2, Carrie Cecil, will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA Member Convention on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

     

    Cecil is one of the preeminent leaders in digital and traditional litigation and crisis communications, digital brand terrorism, media and social media training. Over the past two decades, she has counseled presidents and CEOs from entities and corporations such as Noble Energy, Charter Communications, Sony Corporate America, FOX Sports Net, Universal, The Pac-12 and Big 12 Conferences, Columbia Tri-Star, Miramax, MGM, the NCAA, NFL, MLB, and NASCAR.

     

    Cecil has written books for Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins, columns for national sports publications and is a featured guest on news and sports television.  She began her career in strategic communications with the Honorable Senator John McCain.
  • Stan Utley Announced as Speaker at WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions

    One of the most well-known and sought-after short game instructors in golf, Stan Utley, will speak at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions on Monday, December 9 in Las Vegas. Utley is a PGA TOUR winner and currently ranks 25th according to Golf Digest’s “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers” – a poll of more than 1,500 teaching professionals from around the country.

                           

    Utley attended the University of Missouri where he was a three-time All-Big Eight selection and two-time All-American. After graduation, Utley turned pro in 1984 and joined the PGA TOUR, and earned his first professional victory at the 1989 Chattanooga Classic. He also holds the PGA TOUR record for fewest putts in nine holes with six at the 2002 Air Canada Championship. Utley also competed on the Web.com Tour earning three victories – the 1993 NIKE Cleveland Open, and the 1995 NIKE Louisiana Open, and NIKE Miami Valley Open.

     

    Currently, Utley focuses most of his time on teaching. His list of current and former students reads like a who’s who of golfers on the PGA, Korn Ferry, Champions, and LPGA Tours including Jay Haas, Sergio Garcia, Joaquin Neiman, Scott Langley, and Bill Haas. In the past Utley's students included Scott Piercy, Paige Mackenzie, Amanda Blumenherst, Kevin Streelman, Darren Clarke, Brandt Jobe, Rocco Mediate, Alex Noran, Inbee Park, Paul McGinley, and many more.

     

    Utley’s passion is watching people “light up” when they have the experience of understanding and executing better golf through his instruction and encouragement. Utley begins each session by asking a series of questions to better comprehend a student’s playing history and goals. He then calls on his experience as a PGA TOUR player and instructor to share proven techniques for shooting lower scores in a simple, understandable way.

     

    Utley has also written four instructional books – The Art of the Swing, The Art of Putting, The Art of the Short Game and The Art of Scoring – and developed a subscription-based video instruction website called Stan University (Stan U).

     

  • Robbie Davis of Florida Southern College to be Inducted into the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame

    Robbie Davis, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Florida Southern College, will be inducted into the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, December 8, 2019. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Davis becomes the 52nd member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame.   

     

    In his 23 seasons as head coach, Davis has led Florida Southern to four NCAA Division II National Championships, along with five runner-up finishes. Under Davis, the Moccasins have reached NCAA postseason play 19 times, including 13 trips to the NCAA Championships, and have produced five individual National Champions. He is a two-time Division II Golf Pride WGCA Coach of the Year (2002, 2007) and seven-time Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2013).

     

    Davis’s student athletes have garnered five PING WGCA Player of the Year Awards (Shanna Nagy in 1998 and 1999, Rachel Bell in 2001, Jana Peterkova in 2002, and Pamela Feggans in 2005), and five Sunshine State Conference Golfer of the Year honors (Shanna Nagy in 1999, Rachel Bell in 2001, Jana Peterkova in 2002, Pamela Feggans in 2005, and Heather Burgner in 2009).

     

    In 2019, Florida Southern advanced to the NCAA Division II South Super Regional, where the Moccasins went on to finish in ninth place.

     

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

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

    Kellee Booth of Arizona State University, Liz Janangelo of Duke University, and Caroline Keggi of the University of New Mexico and Ohio State University will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, December 8, 2019. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Booth, Janangelo and Keggi become the 76th, 77th and 78th members of the WGCA Players Hall of Fame.

     

    In four years at Arizona State University, Kellee Booth helped lead the Sun Devils to three NCAA Championships. She is one of just two Sun Devils to be named a four-time All-American, including First Team honors in 1995, 1996 and 1998. In 1998 Booth took home the Honda Award, given to the best collegiate female golfer, and was also the recipient of the 1997 Dinah Shore Award and the 1998 Marilyn Smith Award. In her final year at ASU, she won the 1999 South Atlantic Amateur, Doherty Cup, Women's Western Amateur and Trans National Amateur. Booth represented her country as a member of the 1996 and 1998 U.S. Curtis Cup and World Amateur teams.

     

    A staple in the Duke University record books, Liz Janangelo is one of two Blue Devils to be named a four-time First Team All-American. She won seven tournaments in her four years at Duke, which is tied for fourth in program history, and also ranks third with 21 top-five finishes. Janangelo’s sophomore season was one of the best in collegiate golf history, as she won four tournaments with a then school-record 71.10 stroke average. That year, she he also broke the school record for even or under-par rounds (19), 18-hole score (65), and 36-hole score (134).  Janangelo went on to be named the 2004 Player of the Year, recipient of the 2004 Golfstat Cup, and was a member of the 2004 U.S. Curtis Cup Team.

     

    After earning All-Big Ten honors her freshman year at Ohio State University, Caroline Keggi transferred to the University of New Mexico where she was named a two-time All-American. She finished tied for second at the NCAA Championships her junior year before winning the individual title in 1987 during her senior season, and she remains the only National Champion in program history. She capped off her collegiate career by winning the 1987 Honda Award, and was runner-up at the Trans-National, as well as a member of the 1998 U.S. Curtis Cup Team.

     

  • Danny Edwards Announced as Speaker at WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions

    Five-time PGA Tour winner and renown chipping instructor Danny Edwards will speak at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions on Wednesday, December 11 in Las Vegas.

                           

    After a successful collegiate and professional golf career where Edwards was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma State, member of the 1973 Walker Cup team, as well as a five-time PGA Tour winner, Edwards decided to create “The Chipping Equation” a video to help amateur golfers end their struggles around the greens.

     

    “The system is very simple that players of all levels can learn to calculate an accurate landing spot, that is a fraction of the distance to the hole, and with a precise yet simple set up, chip a ball to that short distance away and then let the benefits of horizontal momentum and physics take over, instead of using the inconsistent vertical momentum from high lofted lob wedges” said Edwards.”  “Physics takes over and the rollout becomes "predictable" with two different clubs and two formulas, playing the ball "on the ground" where we have the highest control over the ball.” 

     

    Across the country, at public and private courses, collegiate golfers, junior golfers and senior golfers have gained fantastic consistency and amazing results with Edwards’ simple system. Up and down percentages of 70%, 80%, and even 90% have been achieved.

     

    Recently, Edwards commissioned the first ever TrackMan analysis of chipping in Denmark, conducted by one of the three original TrackMan Master calibrators. “We have an Epidemic of the "Lob Wedge" in our game,” added Edwards. “TrackMan showed that amateurs will have much more consistency chipping the ball close enough to the hole to make a much higher percentage of those saving putts playing the ball on the ground around the greens with the Chipping Equation system.”

     

  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the third poll of the 2019-20 season, as the previous poll was announced on Sept. 20.

     

    In Division I, Stanford University received 10 first-place votes to jump nine spots to No. 1, while the University of Texas remains No. 2 with five first-place votes. Arizona State University moved up five spots to No. 3, followed by Wake Forest University, who received three first-place votes, at No. 4. Rounding out the top-five is University of Southern California, who tallied one first-place vote and dropped one spot

     

    In Division II, University of Indianapolis received nine first-place votes to claim the No. 1 spot, while Nova Southeastern University received four first-place votes to finish closely behind, moving up three spots to No. 2. Lynn University jumped four spots to No. 3, while the University of Findlay and Dallas Baptist University round out the top-five.  

     

    In Division III, Carnegie Melon University received 10 first-place votes, jumping seven spots to sit at No. 1. University of Redlands moved up six spots to No. 2 after receiving four first-place votes, while George Fox University moved up one spot to No. 3. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps improved two spots to No. 4, while Pomona-Pitzer entered the top-five after a five-spot jump.

  • WGCA to Host Mentoring Roundtable at WGCA Member Convention

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association will host a mentoring roundtable to kick off the upcoming WGCA Member Convention on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The roundtable will take place from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm local time.

    Unlike any format recently seen at convention, this year’s mentoring roundtable is designed to bring mentoring to all WGCA members attending the convention. An interactive event that allows you to get up close and personal with coaching veterans from across the country will take place. This will provide a great opportunity to discuss career and professional topics with some of the best and most experienced coaches in the business. Each topic will offer an opportunity for meaningful discussions, networking and the sharing of ideas across our sport.

    Each person attending will be pre-assigned small, peer group roundtable (8-10 people at each table).  Two mentors will rotate among the roundtables every 25 minutes to allow each table to meet with multiple mentors and gain different perspective and experiences throughout the event.
  • Beth Brown Announced as Speaker at WGCA Member Convention

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Founder and CEO of Team Aureus, Dr. Beth Brown, will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA Member Convention on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Before founding Team Aureus in 2018, Brown spent 15 years leading national program development and adult education at The First Tee, where she established a track record of turning groups into high-performing teams. Overall, she has led more than 60 teams in the creation of programs that have impacted thousands of youth and adults.

    Her learnings from the non-profit and business arenas bring a unique perspective to the college coaching world, and her background in organizational development, positive youth development, and playing, coaching, and consulting in collegiate sports has made her an expert in creating high-performing teams and cultures.

     

    Brown is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching & Club Professional Class A Member, a 5 Voices Certified Coach, and holds a PhD in Education (Sport Psychology) from the University of Kansas.

  • David Cook Announced as Speaker at WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions

    Peak performance coach Dr. David Cook will speak at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions on Monday, December 9 in Las Vegas.

    Cook has coached world champions and MVP’s in the NBA, National Champions in the NCAA and has worked with hundreds of elite athletes from the PGA, NFL, and MLB, and the Olympics. From 1996 to 2004, he served as the Mental Training Coach for the San Antonio Spurs, who during his tenure won their first two NBA titles. In 2013, Golf Digest named Cook one of the “Top 10 Mental Game Experts” in the world of golf.

    In 2006, Cook released his first performance novel, Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia, which became a bestseller. The book was later made into a movie, Seven Days in Utopia, with Cook serving as Executive Producer. In 2014, he released his second book, The Psychology of Tournament Golf: Playing Your Best When it Means the Most. Cook has also written articles featured in Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Golf Illustrated, and Golf Tips.

  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the second poll of the 2019-20 season, as the Preseason rankings were announced on Aug. 30.

     

    In Division I, Wake Forest University received 11 first-place votes to jump eight spots to No. 1, while the University of Texas moved up one spot to No. 2 with two first-place votes. Vanderbilt University jumped four spots to No. 3 after receiving two first-place votes, followed by the University of Southern California, who received three first-place votes, at No. 4. Rounding out the top-five is Kent State University, who moved up six spots.

     

    In Division II, Dallas Baptist University received six first-place votes to jump to the No. 1 spot, while the University of Indianapolis received three first-place votes to finish closely behind, moving up two spots to No. 2. California State University San Marcos remains at No. 3 with two first-place votes, followed by Barry University, who dropped to No. 4. after receiving one first-place vote. Nova Southeastern University moved up one spot to enter the top-five.  

     

    In Division III, New York University remains at No. 1 with six first-place votes, while Washington University in St. Louis also received six first-place votes to jump seven spots to No. 2. Williams College received one first-place vote to drop one spot to No. 3, while George Fox University and Rhodes College finished in a tie for the No. 4 spot.

  • WGCA Coaches Poll Preseason Rankings

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the WGCA Coaches Poll preseason rankings.

     

    In Division I, University of Southern California received 13 first-place votes to open the season at No. 1, while 2019 NCAA Champion Duke University received four first-place votes to finish at No. 2. Rounding out the top five are the University of Texas, who received three first-place votes, followed by Stanford University with one first-place vote and Florida State University.

     

    Opening at No. 1 in Division II is Barry University, who received four first-place votes, while Dallas Baptist University also received four first-place votes to come in at No. 2. NCAA runner-up California State University San Marcos received three first-place votes to sit at No. 3, while University of Indianapolis and Lynn University round out the top five.

     

    In Division III, defending NCAA Champion New York University takes the No. 1 spot with 10 first-place votes, followed by NCAA runner-up Williams College, who received three first-place votes. Methodist University opens the season at No. 3, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps received one first-place vote to come in at No. 4, followed by George Fox University at No. 5.

  • Mark Laesch Award Recipients Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the recipients for the third annual Mark Laesch Awards. Teams were recognized based on improvement in adjusted stroke average per individual per round from the 2017-18 to 2018-19 seasons (denoted in parenthesis below).

     

    Recipients included Fairfield University (28.40) in Division I, Division II’s Southern New Hampshire University (24.37), and York College of Pennsylvania (49.94) from Division III.

  • Albane Valenzuela Named Recipient of the 2019 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award

    Stanford University junior Albane Valenzuela has been named the recipient of the 2019 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).

     

    Valenzuela was named a WGCA First Team All-American after posting the lowest stroke average for a junior in Stanford history (72.36) and becoming the program’s first-ever Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Year. Eight of her 25 collegiate rounds were under par, while 13 of her rounds were at even par or better. She posted five top-10 finishes, including a win at the East Lake Cup, a tie for first at the Pac-12 Championship and a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships.

    A three-time WGCA All-American Scholar, Valenzuela has a 4.021 cumulative GPA as a political science major.

  • University of New Mexico Captures 2018-19 WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award

    The University of New Mexico women’s golf team has been named the recipient of the 2018-19 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 2018-19 season. New Mexico’s seven team members had an average GPA of 3.903.

     

    Leading Division II was California State University San Marcos, as the team’s eight members averaged a 3.888 GPA, while Marietta College led Division III with a 3.825 average GPA. In NAIA, SCAD led the division with a GPA of 3.625, while Northeastern Junior College’s GPA of 3.220 topped the JUCO division.

     

    The WGCA also announced the top 25 teams with the highest team GPA for Division I, Division II and Division III. They can be found here:

  • 18Birdies WGCA All-American Scholars Announced for 2018-19

    The 18Birdies WGCA All-American Scholars were announced today with a total of 1,097 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 2018-2019 18Birdies WGCA All-American Scholar Team can be found below:
  • Internationals Claim 23rd Annual Arnold Palmer Cup at The Alotian Club

    The International team claimed 13 of the 24 points up for grabs during the Sunday singles matches, becoming the first visiting team to win on U.S soil since 2009. The United States leads the all-time series 12-10-1.

     

    The Internationals earned points in four of the first five matches of the day, with victories from Agathe Laisne, Alex del Rey, Lorna McClymont, and Sofia Garcia.

     

    The United States would make things during the afternoon, getting points from a 2&1 Will Gordon victory, and a 5&4 win for Malia Nam.

     

    Leading late down the stretch, Leonie Harm hit her second shot on the Par 4 18th to four feet, setting her up for a birdie opportunity to get their team to 30 points of the needed 30.5 to win the tournament.

     

    Harm eventually knocked down the birdie, while a dominant 6&5 closing victory from Ana Belac sealed the Internationals first victory since 2016, ending the United States streak of back-to-back titles.

     

    Alex Scott of Traverse City, Michigan and Leonie Harm of Gerlingen, Germany were named recipients of the Michael Carter Award, which is presented to the Arnold Palmer Cup participant that best represents the qualities and ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and upholding of the game.

     

    Chun An Yu of Taoyuan, Taiwan, was selected by both teams to receive the Arnold Palmer Cup exemption to the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard while Julie McCarthy of Swords, Ireland was presented an invite to the Evian Championship this July.

     

     

     

    Arnold Palmer Cup

    The Alotian Club

    June 9th, 2019

    Internationals defeat United States 33.5-26.5

     

     

    Sunday’s Singles Results:

     

    Laisne, International def. Chang, United States 3&1

    del Rey, International def. Eckroat, United States 3&2

    Pichaikool, International tied Hammer, United States

    McClymont, International def. Lau, United States 3&2

    Garcia, International def. Carlson, United States 2UP

    Scott, International tied Grimmer, United States

    Gordon, United States def. Yu, International 2&1

    Go, International def. Pap, United States 1UP

    Nam, United States def. Stormo, International 5&4

    Kuest, United States def. Schmid, International 1UP

    Smalley, United States def. Kanaya, International 2UP

    Naveed, International def. Parmerter, United States 3&2

    Harm, International tied Migliaccio, United States

    Ramirez, International def. Wu, United States 3&2

    Martin, United States def. Greville, International 6&5

    McCarthy, International def. Cooper, United States 2&1

    Khinhult, International def. Kim, United States 3&2

    Scott, United States def. Nyfjall, International 3&1

    Cummins, United States def. Aoshima, International 1UP

    Ruffels, International def. Harford, United States 2&1

    Benton, United States def. Jeon, International 5&4

    Phillips, United States def. Nakajima, International 3&2

    Gagne, International tied Augenstein, United States

    Belac, International def, Galdiano, United States 6&4

  • First Round Pairings Set for Arnold Palmer Cup at The Alotian Club

    Opening round Mixed Fourball Pairings for the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup hosted by The Alotian Club have been announced after the opening ceremonies on Thursday evening. Tomorrow morning’s matches will tee off at 8:30 am.

     

    The first match of the competition features the Swedish duo of Frida Kinhult and David Nyfjall against Team USA’s Chandler Phillips and Mariel Galdiano. Matches to follow will include Aled Greville of Wales and Lorna McClymont of Scotland, taking on John Augenstein and Emilia Migliaccio; Scotland’s Sandy Scott and Ireland’s Julie McCarthy against Patrick Martin and Kaylee Benton; Gabi Ruffels of Australia and Kengo Aoshima of Japan versus Alex Scott and Stephanie Lau; Chun An Yu of Taiwan and Agathe Laisne of France against Austin Eckroat and Malia Nam; Costa Rica’s Luis Gagne and Slovenia’s Ana Belac taking on Quade Cummins and Ann Parmerter; Alex del Rey of Spain and Karoline Stormo of Norway against the Vanderbilt duo of Will Gordon and Abbey Carlson; Thailand’s Peng Pichaikool and the Philippines Lois Kaye Go taking on Will Grimmer and Haylee Harford; Ivan Ramirez of Columbia and Sofia Garcia of Paraguay versus Peter Kuest and Kaitlyn Papp; The German pairing of Leonie Harm and Matthias Schmid taking on Alex Smalley and Jennifer Chang; Australia’s Hira Naveed and Japan’s Takumi Kanaya against Brandon Wu and Dylan Kim; and in the final match of the day the Republic of Korea’s Jiwon Jeon and Japan’s Keita Nakajima versus a pair of Texas Longhorns in Hailey Cooper and Cole Hammer.

     

    “The course is spectacular and that goes without saying,” said Head International Coach Mark Immelman. “It asks every question of every club in the bag, there’s room to drive the ball, and if you can hit the irons well and you can putt nicely there is a chance for some birdies.”

     

    “I am really excited about our chances in the Mixed Fourball Matches, I’ve got a group of kids that have had good preparation and have been playing really nicely,” continued Immelman.

     

    Immelman will turn to a pair of Swedes in the opening match of the day, which will be one of the more intriguing matchups to watch. “One of the combinations I am looking forward to is our opening combination of Frida Kinhult and David Nyfjall who will be leading us off. Frida has been a superstar for Florida State all year and they will make a dynamite combination for us.”

     

    For the United States, Head Coach Mic Potter is looking to some veteran leadership to get his team off to the right start, as three-time Arnold Palmer Cup member Chandler Phillips and two-time APC team member Mariel Galdiano will get things going for the Americans. “The first match is always important to get off to a good start and we have Chandler who is a three year veteran of the event and Mariel who is a returning member of the team,” said Potter. “We really wanted to make sure we got them out early to lead us off and get us off to a good start.”

     

    The United States will look to retain the Arnold Palmer Cup, and with a victory will win for the third straight year.

     

    The United States leads the all-time Arnold Palmer Cup series 12-9-1

     

    8:30 a.m. – Match 1

    Mariel Galdiano & Chandler Phillips vs. Frida Kinhult & David Nyfjall

    8:45 a.m. – Match 2

    John Augenstein & Emilia Migliaccio vs. Aled Greville and Lorna McClymont

    9:00 a.m. – Match 3

    Kaylee Benton & Patrick Martin vs. Julie McCarthy and Sandy Scott

    9:15 a.m. – Match 4

    Stephanie Lau & Alex Scott vs. Kengo Aoshima & Gabriela Ruffels

    9:30 a.m. - Match 5

    Austin Eckroat & Malia Nam vs. Agathe Laisne & Chun An Yu

    9:45 a.m. – Match 6

    Quade Cummins & Ann Parmerter vs. Ana Belac & Luis Gagne

    10:00 a.m. – Match 7

    Abbey Carlson & Will Gordon vs. Alex del Rey & Karoline Stormo

    10:15 a.m. – Match 8

    Will Grimmer & Haylee Harford vs. Lois Kaye Go & Peng Pichaikool

    10:30 a.m. – Match 9

    Peter Kuest & Kaitlyn Papp vs. Sofia Garcia & Ivan Ramirez

    10:45 a.m. – Match 10

    Jennifer Chang & Alex Smalley vs. Leonie Harm & Matthias Schmid

    11:00 a.m. – Match 11

    Dylan Kim & Brandon Wu vs. Takumi Kanaya & Hira Naveed

    11:15 a.m. – Match 12

    Hailee Cooper & Cole Hammer vs. Jiwon Jeon & Keita Nakajima
  • WGCA Announces 2019-20 Board of Directors

    The Women's Golf Coaches Association has announced its new Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2019.

    Changes from the 2018-19 Board of Directors include Aimee Neff of Florida Atlantic University as the new Division I Representative, Paulette Pera of the University of California, Santa Cruz as the new Division III Director, Mary Swanson of Washington University in St. Louis as the new Division III Representative and Heather Bowie Young of Clemson University as the new Assistant Coach Representative.

    In addition, Angie Ravaioli-Larkin of Texas Christian University moves from Associate VP 1 to Vice President to fill the term left open from Kevin Williams' recent move to the University of South Carolina, while Carol Robertson of Virginia Take takes over the Associate VP 1 role.

    The full list of the 2019-20 Board of Directors includes:

    Todd Oehrlein, President
    University of Wisconsin

    Angie Ravaioli-Larkin, Vice President
    Texas Christian University

    Carol Robertson, Associate VP 1
    Virginia Tech

    Emily Fletcher, Associate VP 2
    Northwestern University

    Kelli Kamimura, Associate VP 3
    Washington State University

    Diana Cantu, Secretary
    University of Maryland

    Ginger Brown-Lemm, Treasurer
    Mississippi State University

    Lisa Strom, Division I Director
    Texas State University

    Aimee Neff, Division I Representative
    Florida Atlantic University

    Michael Bond, Division II Director
    University of Central Oklahoma

    Amy Anderson, Division II Representative
    Arkansas Tech University

    Paulette Pera, Division III Director
    University of California, Santa Cruz

    Mary Swanson, Division III Representative
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Erika Brennan, Communications Director
    University of South Florida

    Heather Bowie Young, Assistant Coach Representative
    Clemson University

    Kristi Knight, Immediate Past President
    Kansas State University
  • Dan Brooks Named 2018-19 Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year

    Dan Brooks, head coach of the Duke University Blue Devils, has been named the 2018-19 Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year for Division I women’s collegiate golf as announced this morning on the Golf Channel.

     

    Brooks recently completed his 35th season with Duke in 2018-19, leading the program to its seventh NCAA Championship title and the first since the event moved to match play in 2015. The Blue Devils placed second in stroke play and then went on to defeat Stanford (3-2), Arizona (3-2) and Wake Forest (3-2) in match play. His seven national titles are the most by a head women’s golf coach, and he is the first men’s or women’s coach to win both a stroke play and match play national title.

     

    The Blue Devils placed sixth or higher in every tournament they played in, including wins at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational and Landfall Tradition. In the former, Duke posted a 17-under-par score of 271 in the first round, which was the second-lowest round in Tar Heel Invite history. The program boasted four WGCA All-Americans, and featured five golfers in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur, which was tied for the most from any school.
  • Emilie Meason Named Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Emilie Meason, Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at Vanderbilt University, has been named the 2018-19 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

     

    Meason joined the Vanderbilt program as an assistant coach in July of 2017 and immediately helped the Commodores return to postseason play, as the team advanced to the 2018 NCAA Tallahassee Regional. During the 2018-19 season, the Commodores produced a school-record six tournament wins, including the NCAA Auburn Regional, and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2014. Vanderbilt was ranked in the top-10 of the WGCA Coaches Poll all season, and freshman Auston Kim became the Commodores’ first All-American since 2014 as she earned a place on the Honorable Mention team.
  • WGCA Announces 2018-19 Division I Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2018-19 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year.

     

    These awards are determined by vote from the Division I Awards Committee upon review of the 10 highest ranked coaches in each region and their respective records for the full year.

     

    The 2018-19 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year are as follows:

     

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

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

    West Region Coach of the Year: Justin Silverstein, University of Southern California

     

    The Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year will be announced next week on the Golf Channel.
  • 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 on Tuesday, May 21. 

     

    WGCA Second Team All-Americans

    Kaylee Benton, Senior, University of Arkansas

    Sierra Brooks, Junior, University of Florida

    Sofia Garcia, Sophomore, Texas Tech University

    Yu-Sang Hou, Sophomore, University of Arizona

    Jiwon Jeon, Junior, University of Alabama

    Gina Kim, Freshman, Duke University

    Olivia Mehaffey, Junior, Arizona State University

    Malia Nam, Freshman, University of Southern California

    Natasha Andrea Oon, Freshman, San Jose State University

    Bianca Pagdanganan, Senior, University of Arizona

    Gabriela Ruffels, Sophomore, University of Southern California

    Aneka Seumanutafa, Freshman, Ohio State University

     

    WGCA Honorable Mention All-Americans

    Alyaa Abdulghany, Sophomore, University of Southern California

    Ana Belac, Junior, Duke University

    Mariel Galdiano, Junior, UCLA

    Virginia Elena Carta, Senior, Duke University

    Amelia Garvey, Sophomore, University of Southern California

    Leonie Harm, Senior, University of Houston

    Lois Kaye Go, Junior, University of South Carolina

    Auston Kim, Freshman, Vanderbilt University

    Aline Krauter, Freshman, Stanford University

    Siyun Liu, Junior, Wake Forest University

    Julie McCarthy, Sophomore, Auburn University

    Haley Moore, Senior, University of Arizona

    Hira Naveed, Senior, Pepperdine University

    Emily Price, Freshman, University of South Carolina

    Anna Redding, Senior, University of Virginia

    Karoline Stormo, Junior, Kent State University

     

    These All-Americans join the following WGCA First Team All-Americans announced on Tuesday, May 21:

     

    WGCA First Team All-Americans

    Jaravee Boonchant, Sophomore, Duke University

    Jennifer Chang, Sophomore, University of Southern California

    Hailee Cooper, Freshman, University of Texas

    Maria Fassi, Senior, University of Arkansas

    Frida Kinhult, Freshman, Florida State University

    Jennifer Kupcho, Senior, Wake Forest University

    Agathe Laisne, Sophomore, University of Texas

    Andrea Lee, Junior, Stanford University

    Emilia Migliaccio, Sophomore, Wake Forest University

    Kaitlyn Papp, Sophomore, University of Texas

    Patty Tavatanakit, Sophomore, UCLA

    Albane Valenzuela, Junior, Stanford University
  • University of Arkansas' Kaylee Benton is Awarded the 2019 Dinah Shore Trophy

    Kaylee Benton of the University of Arkansas has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Dinah Shore Trophy, cementing her status as one of the top collegiate female players who has made an impact on the golf course through her leadership and also on society through charitable endeavor.

     

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

     

    A two-time All-America Scholar at Arkansas, Benton has represented the Razorbacks women's golf team since August 2016, helping them rank in the top five nationwide each year. In her senior year (2018-19), she led the team with a single-season scoring average of 72.15 and finished runner-up in the SEC Championship. She posted nine rounds of par or better and recorded a team-best three top-five finishes. She has earned a World Amateur Golf Ranking of 88th.

     

    "That's so cool!" Benton said about her award in an interview with Golf Channel. "I'm just very proud of that. I worked really hard this year and I try so hard to contribute to this team and to this world in other ways besides golf." (Benton and her Razorbacks teammate Maria Fassi were interviewed together after Arkansas were knocked out of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships in the first round).

     

    In April this year, Benton competed in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur but missed the cut. In 2018, she advanced to the semi-finals of the U.S. Women's Amateur and competed in the U.S. Women's Open. As a junior at Arkansas, she won the deciding match on the 18th hole to secure the Razorbacks' first Southeastern Conference title in the program's history, before helping guide the school to its first NCAA Regional title with a T-4 finish.

     

    Benton has not only been a major contributor to her golf team but is also heavily involved in community engagement. She has worked as a volunteer on the Hurricane Harvey Canned Food Drive, the Boys & Girls Club, the Children's Ministry at The Rock Church and also at Book Hogs, where she encouraged children to read books and pursue their academic endeavors.

     

    The Dinah Shore Trophy Award is a joint effort between The LPGA Foundation, Friends of Golf (FOG) organization and the ANA Inspiration - one of the LPGA's five major championships and the largest contributor to the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund. As part of the Dinah Shore Trophy Award, a $10,000 grant will be awarded to the women's golf program at the University of Arkansas.

     

    Former winners of this prestigious award include: Furman University's Alice Chen (2018), Stanford University graduate Casey Danielson (2017), Columbia University's Jackie Chulya (2016), East Carolina University alum Katie Kirk (2015), University of Arkansas' Emily Tubert (2014), Michigan State University's Caroline Powers (2013), North Dakota State alum and current LPGA Tour player Amy Anderson (2012), University of California graduate Pia Halbig (2011), University of Central Florida alum and Symetra Tour player Katie Detlefsen (2010), Duke University grad Amanda Blumenherst (2008, 2009), University of Arkansas alumna and 2012 Rolex LPGA Player of the Year Stacy Lewis (2007).

     

    The LPGA Foundation announced the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund in March of 1994 in honor of the late Dinah Shore, a Vanderbilt University graduate and an honorary member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame. The Dinah Shore Trophy Award has contributed more than $184,000 to women's collegiate golf programs, including this year.

    About the contributing organizations:

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

     

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

     

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

     

    The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women's Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.
  • Frida Kinhult Named WGCA Freshman of the Year

    Frida Kinhult of Florida State University has been named the WGCA Freshman of the Year. 

     

    The WGCA Freshman of the Year Award is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I, II and III women's golf. Freshman must have competed in a minimum of 15 competitive rounds to be considered. This criteria include:

     

    •             Adjusted scoring average for the year.

    •             Place finishes in regular season events, conference tournaments, the NCAA Regional (Division I & II) and the NCAA Championship.

    •             Head to head comparisons against the top 60 in the Golfstat Rankings.

    •             Comparison of Common Opponents.

    •             Strength of Schedule.

     

    Kinhult, a native of Fiskebäckskil, Sweden, led Division I with a 70.66 stroke average, a new Florida State record for lowest stroke average in a season. She recorded five top-five finishes, including wins at the Jim West Challenge and Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, and became the first freshman in school history to finish in the top 10 in the individual standings of the first eight events of her career. Kinhult capped her incredible freshman campaign with a tie for 10th place at the NCAA Championship, posting a 54-hole score of 223 (+4).
  • Frida Kinhult Captures Golfstat Cup

    Florida State University freshman Frida Kinhult has been recognized as the 2018-19 Golfstat Cup recipient. The award, presented by Golfstat, is given to the player who has the best scoring average versus par with at least 20 full rounds played during a season.

     

    Kinhult, a Fiskebäckskil, Sweden native, led Division I with a 70.66 stroke average. She netted 20 rounds of even or under par and 12 in the 60s, tallying nine top-10 finishes in her 2018-19 campaign. The freshman had two tournament victories, winning the Jim West Challenge and Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, and finished in a tie for 10th place at the NCAA Championship with a score of 223 (+4).

  • Maria Fassi Named PING WGCA Player of the Year

    Maria Fassi of the University of Arkansas has been named the PING WGCA Player of the Year, the organization’s highest player honor for 2018-19.

     

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

     

    •             Head to head competition

    •             Comparison with common opponents

    •             Scoring average

    •             Place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins

    •             Strength of schedule

     

    A native of Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, Fassi capped off her senior season by winning the individual NCAA title with a 54-hole score of 211 (-8), helping Arkansas earn the No. 4 seed for match play. She posted a 71.18 scoring average and notched five top-five finishes during the season, including a win at the SEC Championship. Fassi netted 20 under-par rounds and seven in the 60’s over the course of the season. She also finished runner-up at the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in April.

  • 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 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship being held at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

     

    WGCA First Team All-Americans

    Jaravee Boonchant, Sophomore, Duke University

    Jennifer Chang, Sophomore, University of Southern California

    Hailee Cooper, Freshman, University of Texas

    Maria Fassi, Senior, University of Arkansas

    Frida Kinhult, Freshman, Florida State University

    Jennifer Kupcho, Senior, Wake Forest University

    Agathe Laisne, Sophomore, University of Texas

    Andrea Lee, Junior, Stanford University

    Emilia Migliaccio, Sophomore, Wake Forest University

    Kaitlyn Papp, Sophomore, University of Texas

    Patty Tavatanakit, Sophomore, UCLA

    Albane Valenzuela, Junior, 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 later in the tournament.

  • WGCA Announces 2018-19 Division III National Award Winners

    The Women's Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2018-19 national awards for Division III Women's Collegiate Golf. The PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year and Division III Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year were awarded following play at the NCAA Championships, while additional student-athletes were named to the WGCA All-American Honorable Mention Team based on their finish at the NCAA Championships. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year

    Larisa Luloff, DePauw University

     

    Division III Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year

    Tomas Adalsteinsson, Williams College

     

    The following student-athletes were added to the WGCA All-American Honorable Mention Team based on their finish at the NCAA Championships.

     

    WGCA Division III All-American Team

    Honorable Mention

    Peyton Durham, Methodist University

    Arshia Mahant, New York University

    Jessica Wu, New York University

    Amy Xue, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
  • WGCA Announces Remaining 2018-19 Division II Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2018-19 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 Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year

    Chris Saltmarsh, Florida Institute of Technology

     

    Division II Golf Pride WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Jennifer Johnson, California State University San Marcos

     

    WGCA Division II All-American Teams

    Second Team

    Noelle Beijer, Florida Institute of Technology

    Katie Chipman, Grand Valley State University

    Lucy Eaton, Florida Institute of Technology

    Amanda Gartrell, Florida Southern College

    Claire Hogle, California State University San Marcos

    Synne Lauritzen, Saint Leo University

    Sophie Madden, Nova Southeastern University

    Pilar Martinez, Limestone College

    Shi Qing Ong, Missouri Western State University

    Kristina Ortiz, Lynn University

    Warissara Puangcharoen, Wingate University

    Makenzie Torres, University of Findlay

     

    Honorable Mention Team

    Evelyn Arguelles, Dallas Baptist University

    Franziska Bremm, University of West Georgia

    Gloria Choi, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

    Megan DaLeo, Sonoma State University

    Aldana Foigel, Nova Southeastern University

    Ebba Hellman, Limestone College

    Breann Horn, California State University San Marcos

    Jacqueline Klemm, Arkansas Tech University

    Krystal Knight, Merrimack College

    Paola Ortiz, Florida Institute of Technology

    Josefina Foa Torres, Barry University

    Jaya Rampuri, Simon Fraser University

    Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M University

    Matilda Wahren, Lynn University
  • WGCA Announces 2018-19 Division II National Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2018-19 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, and WGCA Division II First Team All-Americans were recognized on Thursday at the Division II NCAA Women's Golf Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    PING WGCA Division II Player of the Year

    Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis

     

    WGCA Division II Freshman of the Year

    Jacqueline Klemm, Arkansas Tech University

     

    WGCA Division II All-American Team

    First Team

    Seher Atwal, Rollins College

    Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis

    Sofia Garcia Austt, Nova Southeastern University

    Maria Regina Gonzalez, St. Mary’s University (Texas)

    Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University

    Jaime Jacob, California State University San Marcos

    Helen Kreuzer, Lynn University

    Tilda Larsson, Barry University

    Ann Parmerter, Dallas Baptist University

    Peerada Piddon, Arkansas Tech University

    Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa

    Anahi Servin, Academy of Art University
  • WGCA Announces 2018-19 Division III Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2018-19 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. All-American teams, All-Region teams, Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year, WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year and the recipient of the Kim Moore Spirit Award were recognized at the WGCA Division III Awards Banquet held in Houston, Texas.  Winners of the PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year and Division III Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year awards will be announced following the NCAA Championships. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    WGCA Division III Freshman of the Year

    Jillian Drinkard, Methodist University

     

    WGCA Division III Kim Moore Spirit Award

    Layla Ahmadi, DePauw University

     

    Division III Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year

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

    Great Lakes Coach of the Year: Vince Lazar, DePauw University

    Central Region Coach of the Year: David Arseneault, Grinnell College

    Midwest Region Coach of the Year: Molly Erickson, Carleton College

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

     

    WGCA Division III All-American Teams

    First Team

    Cordelia Chan, Williams College

    Jillian Drinkard, Methodist University

    Iris Kawada, George Fox University

    Larisa Luloff, DePauw University

    Vidushi Sinha, Grinnell College

    Ziyi Wang, Carleton College

    Mira Yoo, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

     

    Second Team

    Keilee Bessho, University of Redlands

    Annie Hay, University of Redlands

    Kayle Hunn, George Fox University

    Nina Kouchi, Grinnell College

    Bailey Plourde, Centre College

    Ayumi Sakamoto, Carleton College

    Emily Salamy, Rhodes College

     

    Honorable Mention

    Taylor Beckwith, Whittier College

    Chloe Levins, Middlebury College

    Alex McMenamin, George Fox University

    Nicole Miller, Bethel University

    Vrishali Sinha, Grinnell College

    Erica Whitehouse, Christopher Newport University

     

    WGCA All-Region Teams

    Region 1/East Region

    Morgan Bowen, Methodist University

    Cordelia Chan, Williams College

    Jillian Drinkard, Methodist University

    Laurie Jones, Washington and Lee University

    Joanna Kim, Williams College

    Vanessa Leiterman, Huntingdon College                

    Chloe Levins, Middlebury College

    Nadia Susanto, Carnegie Mellon University

    Beth Ann Townsend, Washington and Lee University

    Erica Whitehouse, Christopher Newport University

     

    Region 2/Great Lakes

    Tabitha Diehl, Rhodes College

    Karley Hammond, Berry College

    Tarinni Sameer Kakar, DePauw University

    Hunter Kehoe, Saint Mary's College (IN)

    Larisa Luloff, DePauw University

    Susan Morris, Rhodes College

    Bailey Plourde, Centre College

    Emily Salamy, Rhodes College

    Angel Sanchez Vega, Oglethorpe University

    Hailey Willman, Oglethorpe University

     

    Region 3/Central

    Julia Dai, Washington University in St. Louis

    Chloe DiPetrillo, Washington University in St. Louis

    Nina Kouchi, Grinnell College

    CheyAnn Knudsen, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

    Sarah Lyman, Carthage College

    Kayla Priebe, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

    Vidushi Sinha, Grinnell College

    Vrishali Sinha, Grinnell College

    Lydia Tsai, Washington University in St. Louis

    Maggie Warrner, Illinois Wesleyan University

     

    Region 4/Midwest

    Alyssa Akiyama, Carleton College

    Natalie Amundson, College of Saint Benedict

    Sydney Busker, St. Catherine University

    Abby Euyang, Carleton College

    Brooke Klostermann, Wartburg College

    Morgan Kranz, Luther College

    Emily Kratz, Gustavus Adolphus College

    Nicole Miller, Bethel University

    Ayumi Sakamoto, Carleton College

    Ziyi Wang, Carleton College

     

    Region 5/West

    Taylor Beckwith, Whittier College

    Keilee Bessho, University of Redlands

    Annie Hay, University of Redlands

    Kayle Hunn, George Fox University

    Iris Kawada, George Fox University

    Emily Lewis, Chapman University

    Alex McMenamin, George Fox University

    Olivia Robinson, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

    Amy Xue, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

    Mira Yoo, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
  • WGCA Announces Division I Watch List for Player and Freshman of the Year

    The WGCA has announced its watch list for the 2018-19 PING WGCA Division I Player of the Year and 2018-19 Division I Freshman of the Year. Both awards will be announced after medal play at the upcoming NCAA Championship.

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

     

    Player of the Year Watch List

    Jaravee Boonchant, SO, Duke University. Averaging 71.48 and has placed in the top-10 in 6 tournaments, including a tie for third at the NCAA Auburn Regional.  
    Jennifer Chang, SO, University of Southern California. Scoring average of 71.24. She has eight top-10 finishes, including a win at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional.
    Maria Fassi, JR, University of Arkansas. Scoring average of 71.18. Has four top-five finishes, including a win at the SEC Championship. She finished runner-up at the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
    Frida Kinhult, FR, Florida State University. Leads Division I with a 70.48 scoring average. She has five top-five finishes, including wins at the Jim West Challenge and Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
    Jennifer Kupcho, SR, Wake Forest University. Averaging 70.87 and has four top-10 finishes, including two wins. Won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
    Andrea Lee, JR, Stanford University. Averaging 71.41 and has five top-five finishes, including two wins. She won the Northrop Grumann Regional Challenge and tied for first at the Ping-ASU Invitational.
    Olivia Mehaffey, JR, Arizona State University. Has a 71.68 scoring average. She placed first at the Bruin Wave and the Pac-12 Championship and tied for first place at the NCAA Norman Regional.
    Emilia Migliaccio, SO, Wake Forest University. Scoring average of 70.76 and has five top-three finishes. She won the Tar Heel Invitational, Bryan National Collegiate and the ACC Championship.
    Patty Tavatanakit, SO, UCLA. Has a 71.28 scoring average and five top-five finishes, including wins at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate and NCAA East Lansing Regional. Tavatanakit won the 2018-19 WGCA Freshman of the Year Award.
    Albane Valenzuela, JR, Stanford University. Averaging 71.73 and has three top-three finishes, including a runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Championship.

    The WGCA Freshman of the Year Award is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I, II and III women's golf. Freshman must have competed in a minimum of 15 competitive rounds to be considered.

     

    Freshman of the Year Watch List

    Hailee Cooper, FR, University of Texas. Averaging 71.96. Won the Betsy Rawls Invitational and tied for first at the Bruzzy Challenge.
    Auston Kim, FR, Vanderbilt University. Scoring average of 71.84. Has seven top-10 finishes, including a win at the NCAA Auburn Regional.
    Frida Kinhult, FR, Florida State University. Leads Division I with a 70.48 scoring average. She has five top-five finishes, including wins at the Jim West Challenge and Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
    Malia Nam, FR, University of Southern California. Averaging 71.90 and has three top-three finishes, including a runner-up finish at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate.
    Natasha Andrea Oon, FR, San Jose State University. Averaging 71.89 and has six top-five finishes, including two wins and a runner-up finish at the Mountain West Championship.
    Aneka Seumanutafa, FR, Ohio State University. Scoring average of 71.69. She has five top-10 finishes, including a win at the Westbrook Spring Invitational.
  • WGCA Announces 2018-19 Division II Regional Award Winners

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2018-19 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

    Taylor Hayes, Carson-Newman University

     

    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: Amy Anderson, Arkansas Tech University

    East Region Coach of the Year: Dominic Guarnieri, University of Findlay

    West Region Coach of the Year: Kenny Trapp, Dallas Baptist University

     

    WGCA Division II All-Region Teams

    Central Region

    Gloria Choi, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

    Aitana Hernandez, Northeastern State University

    Jacqueline Klemm, Arkansas Tech University

    Ebba Moberg, Northeastern State University

    Pia Nunbhakdi, Arkansas Tech University

    Shi Qing Ong, Missouri Western State University

    Peerada Piddon, Arkansas Tech University

    Sydney Roberts, University of Central Oklahoma

    Olivia Sobaski, University of Central Missouri

    Sydney Staton, Arkansas Tech University

     

    South Region

    Seher Atwal, Rollins College

    Josefina Foa Torres, Barry University

    Sofia Garcia Austt, Nova Southeastern University

    Amanda Gartrell, Florida Southern College

    Helen Kreuzer, Lynn University

    Tilda Larsson, Barry University

    Synne Lauritzen, Saint Leo University

    Kristina Ortiz, Lynn University

    Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa

    Matilda Wahren, Lynn University

     

    West Region

    Evelyn Arguelles, Dallas Baptist University

    Megan DaLeo, Sonoma State University

    Maria Regina Gonzalez, St. Mary’s University (Texas)

    Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University

    Claire Hogle, California State University San Marcos

    Jaime Jacob, California State University San Marcos

    Ann Parmerter, Dallas Baptist University

    Sofia Ruescas, St. Mary’s University (Texas)

    Anahi Servin, Academy of Art University

    Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M University

     

    East Region

    Katie Chipman, Grand Valley State University

    Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis

    Samantha Hatter, University of Findlay

    Cailyn Henderson, University of Indianapolis

    Kennedy Holtsclaw, University of Indianapolis

    Katharina Keilich, University of Indianapolis

    Kristina Kniesly, University of Findlay

    Krystal Knight, Merrimack College

    Emma Thorngren, University of Missouri-St. Louis

    Makenzie Torres, University of Findlay

    Meredith Wipper, University of Findlay
  • Iowa State Women's Golf Team Receives WGCA Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award

    The Iowa State University Women’s Golf Team has received the 2019 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award.  The recognition was announced today on Golf Channel as part of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship coverage.

     

    This award is dedicated to Kim Moore, who played golf for the University of Indianapolis (1999-2003).  Kim was an inspiration to all as she persevered through many physical challenges while playing collegiate golf.  Her positive outlook and dedication toward the game was only out done by her sense of humor and passion for the game.

     

    The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor a student-athlete or coach who exemplifies a great spirit toward the game of golf, a positive attitude on and off the golf course, a role model for her team and mental toughness in facing challenges.

     

    On September 17, one week into the fall 2018 golf season, the Iowa State women’s golf team received tragic news: former standout Celia Barquin Arozamena was found slain at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa. The 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year was finishing her civil engineering degree after ending her four-year career as one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history.

     

    The Cyclones received the news while at the East & West Match Play and withdrew from the tournament following the semifinals to mourn the loss of their former teammate. In the following days, the team joined the rest of the Iowa State community in remembering Celia at various gatherings and events, including an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones’ football game on Sept. 22. Before returning to the golf course on October 1 for the Windy City Collegiate Classic, the women’s golf team dedicated the remainder of the season to Celia and created “CBA” patches to be worn throughout the season in her memory.

     

    After finishing the fall season ranked No. 46 by Golfstat, the team opened the spring with three top-10 finishes before going on to win the Mountain View Collegiate in late March of this year. The Cyclones rallied from five strokes back to claim a 14-stroke victory, their first stroke-play victory since 2012. Their final-round 20-under par score of 268 at The Preserve Golf Club was an 18-hole school record, and their 28-under par mark of 836 broke their 54-hole school record. In addition, for the first time in the program’s history, all five players broke par in a single round. The team then went on to qualify for the NCAA Cle Elum Regional, marking the 10th consecutive year that the Cyclones have earned an NCAA Regional berth.
  • Arnold Palmer Cup Coach’s Picks Named

    Sofia Garcia of Texas Tech and Paraguay and Keita Nakajima of Nippon Sports Science University and Japan were named International Team coach’s picks while Arkansas’ Kaylee Benton and Patrick Martin of Vanderbilt were selected to represent the United States at the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup. Karolina Stormo, Kent State and Norway,  was additionally added to the International side. Longtime Arnold Palmer partner Rolex is continuing its 50 year relationship through its support of the matches which will be hosted by The Alotian Club June 7-9.

     

    Garcia has posted three victories this season - she tied for first at the Illini Invitational at Medina and won outright at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Invitational and Valspar Augusta Invitational. Garcia has also posted three additional top five showings and has finished nine times inside the top 10. The sophomore currently leads the Red Raiders with a 71.55 stroke average, which would shatter the program’s single season mark. Hailing from Asunción, Garcia is the first Arnold Palmer Cup participant from Paraguay.

     

    In his first year at Nippon Sports Science University, Nakajima won the gold medal at the Asian Games 2018. He also claimed victory at the 2018 Australian Men’s Amateur. Nakajima also posted runner-up finishes at both the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the Australian Master of the Amateurs. In addition to his stellar play on the amateur circuit, Nakajima tied for fifth at the Emirates Australian Open.

     

    The MAC Golfer of the Year, Stormo won four times this season. The junior from Tvedestrand, Norway, claimed the league crown as well as the Evans Derby Experience and tied for medalist honors at the Illini Invitational at Medinah and the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. Stormo has three additional top-10 finishes and has only placed outside of the top 14 twice in 11 events this season.

     

    A senior from Buckeye, Ariz., Benton most recently finished runner-up at the SEC Championship. Benton also posted two additional top five finishes and has placed 12th or better in all but two events. A qualifier for both the U.S. Women’s Open and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, Benton advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and tied for fourth at the Women’s Mexican Amateur.

     

    A three-time PING All-America selection, Martin is in his senior season at Vanderbilt. His best finish this season is a runner-up showing, one of five top 10s this campaign. The Birmingham native is a three-time All-SEC honoree and earned Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar accolades last season. The most decorated player in the history of Vanderbilt golf, Martin’s current career stroke average of 70.85 is second best in program history.
  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the final poll of the spring season.

     

    The University of Southern California remains atop Division I for the fourth consecutive poll, receiving all 22 first-place votes. The University of Texas and Duke University swapped spots, coming in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while Stanford University and Wake Forest University hold steady to round out the top-five.

     

    Barry University once again claims the top spot in Division II after receiving eight first-place votes, while Dallas Baptist University received seven first-place votes to finish one point behind at No. 2. Holding steady at No. 3 is Nova Southeastern University, while California State University San Marcos and Florida Institute of Technology remain No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

     

    In Division III, Carleton College received all but one first-place vote to remain No. 1, while George Fox University holds steady at No. 2 with the remaining first-place vote. DePauw University once again ranks No. 3, followed by Grinnell College, who jumped three spots to No. 4. New York University comes in at No. 5, dropping one spot from the previous poll.
  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the third and penultimate poll of the spring season, as the previous poll was released on March 15.

     

    The University of Southern California sits atop Division I for the third straight poll after receiving 16 first-place votes, while Duke University and the University of Texas received two first-place votes apiece to remain in the top-three, ranking No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Stanford holds steady at No. 4, while Wake Forest jumps eight spots to enter the top-five for the first time this year.

     

    In Division II, Barry University claims the top spot after receiving eight first-place votes, while Dallas Baptist University drops to No. 2 with four first-place votes. Nova Southeastern University remains No. 3, while California State University San Marcos and Florida Institute of Technology continue to climb the rankings, entering the top-five for the first time this year to rank No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

     

    Carleton College received all but one first-place vote to remain at No. 1 in Division III, while George Fox University holds steady at No. 2 with the remaining first-place vote. DePauw University moves up a spot to No. 3, while New York University jumped three spots to come in at No. 4. Rhodes College once again rounds out the top-five.
  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the second poll of the spring season, as the previous poll was released on Feb. 22.

     

    The University of Southern California holds on to the No. 1 spot, receiving 13 first-place votes, while the University of Texas received seven first-place votes to hold steady at No. 2. The remaining top five are also unchanged, as Duke University, Stanford University, and UCLA come in at No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5.

     

    In Division II, Dallas Baptist University remains No. 1 with six first-place votes, while Barry University received six first-place votes to finish closely behind at No. 2, a two-spot jump. Nova Southeastern University holds steady at No. 3, while University of Indianapolis drops two spots to No. 4. Entering the top-five is West Texas A&M University, who moved up three spots.

     

    Carleton College received all but one first-place vote to remain at No. 1, while George Fox University holds steady at No. 2 with the remaining first-place vote. Grinnell College and DePauw University swapped spots, coming in at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while Rhodes College once again rounds out the top-five.
  • 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup Teams Announced

    The Arnold Palmer Cup teams for both the International and United States were announced today at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Longtime Arnold Palmer partner Rolex is continuing its 50 year relationship through its support of the matches which will be hosted by The Alotian Club June 7-9.

    The United States is led by returners from last year's victorious team Mariel Galdiano (UCLA), Dylan Kim (Arkansas), Emilia Migliaccio (Wake Forest), Kaitlyn Papp (Texas), and Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M). Phillips will become the first American to play in three Arnold Palmer Cups. Will Gordon also brings past Arnold Palmer Cup experience as he competed in the 2016 matches at Formby. Arnold Palmer Cup Rankings selections for the men include Peter Kuest (BYU), Alex Smalley (Duke), Gordon, Will Grimmer (Ohio State), Cole Hammer (Texas), and Brandon Wu (Stanford) while Galdiano, Kim, Jennifer Chang (Southern California), Malia Nam (Southern California), Haylee Harford (Furman), and Papp made the women's rankings.

    John Augenstein (Vanderbilt), Abbey Carlson (Vanderbilt), Hailee Cooper (Texas), Quade Cummins (Oklahoma), Austin Eckroat (Oklahoma State), Stephanie Lau (Northwestern), Migliaccio, Ann Parmerter (Dallas Baptist), Phillips, and Alex Scott (Grand Valley State) were Team USA committee selections.

    Harford, Parmerter, and Scott are the first representative from their universities.

    The International team is represented by 17 countries across six continents. Five players return from last summer's matches, including Luis Gagne (LSU/Costa Rica), Jiwon Jeon (Alabama/Repulic of Korea), Jovan Reula (Auburn/South Africa), Patty Tavatanakit (UCLA/Thailand), and Albane Valenzuela (Stanford/Switzerland). International men's ranking selections were Chun An Yu (Arizona State/Taiwan), Matthias Schmid (Louisville/Germany), Peng Pichaikool (Mississippi State/Thailand), Sandy Scott (Texas Tech/Scotland), Ivan Ramirez (Texas Tech/Colombia), and Kengo Aoshima (Wake Forest/Japan) and women's ranking selections included Frida Kinhult (Florida State/Sweden), Tavatanakit, Hira Naveed (Pepperdine/Australia), Julie McCarthy (Auburn/Ireland), Valenzuela, and Jeon.

    International committee selections were Ana Belac (Duke/Slovenia), Alex Del Rey (Arizona State/Spain), Gagne, Lois Kaye Go (South Carolina/Philippines), Leonie Harm (Houston/Germany), Takumi Kanaya (Tohoku Fukushi/Japan), Agathe Laisne (Texas/France), and Rebula.

    Aoshima and Kanaya are the first players from Japan, Belac the first from Slovenia, Go from the Philippines, Naveed from Australia, and Ramirez from Colombia and South America. Additionally, Kanaya and Pichaikool are the first players from their universities.

    A spot on the International side will be reserved for both a men's and women's golfer for The R&A Scholar Tournament champion, which will be held at St. Andrews April 1-2. The four coach's picks will be announced May 3 on Golf Channel's Morning Drive.
  • Penultimate Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking Released

    The penultimate Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking for the 2019 matches was released today. The top six golfers from the final ranking in the Spring from both the United States and International men and women - 12 total golfers - shall be among the 24 individuals selected to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup. Longtime Arnold Palmer partner Rolex is continuing its 50 year relationship through its support of the matches which will be hosted by The Alotian Club June 7-9.  

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

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

    Arnold Palmer Cup teams will be unveiled live on Golf Channel's Golf Central on Wednesday, March 6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

    For more information visit arnoldpalmercup.com.
  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the results of the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. This is the first poll of the spring season. 

     

    The University of Southern California opens the spring season at the No. 1 spot, receiving 13 first-place votes, while the University of Texas received nine first-place votes to finish closely behind at No. 2. Duke University and Stanford University come in at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while UCLA received one first-place vote to round out the top-five.

     

    In Division II, Dallas Baptist University claims the No. 1 spot with seven first-place votes, while University of Indianapolis trails by just three points to rank No. 2 with six first-place votes. Nova Southeastern University received one first-place vote to begin the spring season at No. 3, while Barry University and Arkansas Tech University rank No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

     

    Carleton College received all but two first-place votes to begin the spring at No. 1, while George Fox University ranks No. 2 with the remaining first-place votes. DePauw University comes in at No. 3, followed by Grinnell College at No. 4 and Rhodes College at No. 5.