Announcements

  • 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.
  • Amy Bond Named WGCA Founders Award Recipient

    Amy Bond, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Florida State University, has been named the 2019 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Founders Award recipient. Bond was recognized on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 during the WGCA business meeting, which was held in conjunction with the WGCA Member Convention that takes place on December 2-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

     

    Bond was a member of the WGCA Board of Directors for 10 years, serving as treasurer from 2008-12, Vice President from 2012-13 and President from 2013-16, and she recently completed her two-year stint as the Immediate Past President. She is currently on the US Selection Committee for the Arnold Palmer Cup, the Salvation Army Board of Directors, and is in charge of the Angel Tree Program for Florida State Athletics.

     

    Behind Bond, the Florida State women’s golf team has won 13 of the last 17 Athletic Director’s Cups for Service, presented annually to the team that contributes the most service hours to the community over the course of an entire year. In 2017, she started a birdie campaign at the beginning of the fall season to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Bond pledged $10 to hurricane relief for every birdie her team collected during the fall season, also pledging $20 for every eagle and $25 for a hole-in-one. This past fall, she did the same for the victims of Hurricane Michael, this time pledging for every birdie and eagle made by the field.

     

    Bond began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Florida State for five years before being named the head coach at Princeton University in 2006. There, she guided Princeton to eight tournament victories and helped the Tigers place in the top-four in the Ivy League each year.

     

    In 2010, Bond returned to Florida State as the head women’s golf coach. In her eight seasons at the helm of the program, the Seminoles have made eight consecutive NCAA Championship Tournament appearances, including three consecutive top-20 finishes. Her teams have recorded the top six single season scoring averages in school history, and in 2016-17 broke the school record for most tournament wins in a season. Bond has coached seven All-Americans, two NCAA Regional Champions, 16 All-ACC selections, and eight WGCA All-American Scholars.
  • SMU Women's Golf Coach Jeanne Sutherland Wins Inaugural Kim Evans Award

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, in collaboration with the PGA of America, today announced Jeanne Sutherland as the inaugural recipient of the Kim Evans Award.  Sutherland was recognized at the 2018 WGCA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada with Kim Evans and PGA of America President Suzy Whaley presenting the award.

    The prestigious Kim Evans Award honors the lifetime achievement of the WGCA Hall of Fame coach from Auburn University. The Kim Evans Award will be presented annually 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 golf, and who represents the finest qualities the sport has to offer.

    “It’s a privilege to receive this award honoring my friend Kim Evans, I am truly humbled,” said Sutherland. 

    A nominee must meet the following criteria to be considered for either award: they must currently be an active golf coach in NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA or High School as well as a Class A Member of the PGA of America; Recognized teacher/instructor; Active in his/her community; Promotes the game through clinics, instruction/teaching, rules seminars and open events; Active in his/her section of PGA; Strong involvement in junior golf; Collegiate coach longevity; and history of successful players both on the course and in the classroom.

    The Head Coach of Southern Methodist University since 2011, Sutherland led the Mustangs to five consecutive postseason berths (2013-17), and two top-three finishes at the American Athletic Conference Championships. 

    Prior to SMU, Sutherland began her coaching career in 1992 at Texas A&M University where she transformed the program into one of the best in the nation. The Aggies reached postseason play in 13 of her 15 years as the head coach, leading the squad to 13 tournament crowns and three Big 12 Conference titles. Sutherland was named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year four times while at A&M (1995, 1997, 2006, 2007), as well as Regional Coach of the Year twice (1997, 2007).

    Elected to PGA Membership in 1990, Sutherland also spent time as PGA Head Professional at Vail Golf Club in Colorado.

    Sutherland, who was also the recipient of the WGCA Founders Award winner in 2016, in recognition for her outstanding service to the WGCA and women’s collegiate golf, has served as both Vice President and Division I Representative of the WGCA during her coaching career. She is committed to serving as a mentor to many young coaches and is a regular volunteer with the Salvation Army, the Dallas Independent School District and the Dallas Ronald McDonald House.

    A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Sutherland played college golf at the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned All-American honors as a sophomore after placing third at the AIAW Division II National Championships and leading the team to a third-place finish. In 1983, she placed 13th at nationals and paced the team to a fifth-place finish.
  • PGA of America President Suzy Whaley to Present Prestigious Coaching Awards at 2018 GCAA/WGCA Con.

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association and Golf Coaches Association of America, in collaboration with the PGA of America, today announced that PGA President Suzy Whaley will serve as a guest speaker and presenter of the prestigious Labron Harris Sr. Award, as well as the inaugural Kim Evans Award, at the 2018 GCAA and WGCA Conventions on Monday, Dec. 3, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This news comes on the heels of Whaley being the first-ever woman elected President of the PGA of America.

     

    Both respective awards will be 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 who represents the finest qualities the game has to offer.

     

    “Coaches play such an integral role in the development of their student-athletes both on and off the golf course,” said Whaley. “It’s a privilege to collaborate with the GCAA and WGCA as we recognize some of the finest coaches, who are responsible for helping shape the next generation of great players and leaders.”    

     

    The Labron Harris Sr. Award, which debuted in 2004, and the first-ever Kim Evans Award recipient will be selected by committees of both Men’s and Women’s Golf Coaches. Its purpose is to select annually the outstanding Member Coach who is also a Class A member of the PGA of America.

     

    A nominee must meet the following criteria to be considered for either award: they must currently be an active golf coach in NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA or High School as well as a Class A Member of PGA of America; Recognized teacher/instructor; Active in his/her community; Promotes the game through clinics, instruction/teaching, rules seminars and open events; Active in his/her section of PGA; Strong involvement in junior golf; Collegiate coach longevity; History of successful players both on the course and in the classroom.

     

    While this will be the first-ever Kim Evans Award, previous Labron Harris Sr. Award recipients include: Jerry Haas (Wake Forest/Carolinas PGA Section) Jay Hardwick (Virginia Tech/Middle Atlantic PGA Section), Devon Brouse (Purdue/Indiana PGA Section), the late Rod Myers (Duke/Carolina PGA Section), Herb Page (Kent State/Northern Ohio PGA Section), Jim Brown (Ohio State/Southern Ohio PGA Section), Pat Owen (U.S. Naval Academy/Middle Atlantic PGA Section), Rick Pohle (Williams College/Northeastern New York PGA Section), John Bermel (Northern Iowa/Iowa PGA Section), Pat Goss (Northwestern/Illinois PGA Section), Mike Small (Illinois/Illinois PGA Section), Mike Mayer (Indiana/Indiana PGA Section), Puggy Blackmon (South Carolina/Carolinas PGA Section), Harry Hammond (West Chester/Philadelphia PGA Section), and Scott Cartwright (Cal Poly/Southern California PGA Section).
  • 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup Coaches Named

    Scott Limbaugh of Vanderbilt and Alabama’s Mic Potter will coach the United States while the International side will be led by Jan Dowling of Michigan and Canada and Mark Immelman of Columbus State and South Africa at the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup. The Alotian Club, one of America’s premier golf clubs, will host the matches June 7-9, which will be the first to be played in the United States, since being expanded last year to include men’s and women’s USA collegiate golfers against their counterparts from around the world.

    “Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation is pleased The Alotian Club is the first United States host to highlight Mr. Palmer’s vision of the expanded matches,” said Jon Podany, CEO, Arnold Palmer Enterprises & President, Arnie’s Army Foundation. “We are happy to welcome Scott, Mic, Jan, and Mark to the Arnold Palmer Cup family as we continue to grow this fantastic showcase of collegiate talent, now heading into its 23rd playing.”

    Limbaugh has lifted the Vanderbilt golf program to new heights in his seven seasons with the Commodores. Since his arrival prior to the 2012 campaign, Limbaugh has quickly established himself as one of the nation’s preeminent coaches. He has mentored four PING First-Team All-Americans, four Arnold Palmer Cup selections, a Walker Cup member and 13 total PING All-America selections, all while also garnering six consecutive NCAA Regional bids and five consecutive NCAA Championship appearances. Under Limbaugh, Vanderbilt has won 20 team tournaments -- the most by a head coach in Vanderbilt golf history -- and garnered 16 individual tournament winners. He has also led Vanderbilt to a first-place (2017), second-place (2015) and fourth-place (2016) finish in the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championship, Elite Eight appearances in 2015 and 2016, and a Final Four appearance in the 2017 NCAA Championship. In 2015, Limbaugh became a finalist for the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year presented by Golf Pride Grips. One year later he was named the Golf Pride Grips Southeast Region Coach of the Year, and in 2017, he garnered the program’s first Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award and SEC Coach of the Year, while also winning another GCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year.

    Potter is in his 14th season at Alabama and 35th overall. Potter had already established a Hall-of-Fame legacy before arriving in Tuscaloosa thanks to his impressive work building Furman into a national power. His work over the past 13 years at Alabama has been historic, culminating with the school's first national championship in 2012. Three seasons later, Potter helped guide Emma Talley to the individual NCAA Championship to cap off the 2014-15 season, making her the first NCAA medalist in the program’s history. In 2017-18, Potter narrowly missed his second national title as the Crimson Tide finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships. That finish garnered Potter 2018 National Coach of the Year honors from the Women's Golf Coaches Association, the second such recognition of his distinguished career. Potter, who came to the Capstone after 22 years at Furman, led the Tide to its second NCAA appearance in program history in his first year at Alabama and repeated the feat each of the last 13 years (2007-18). His 2012 national championship, 2018 runner-up finish and 13 straight NCAA Championships berths only reaffirmed his status as one of the most accomplished coaches in women's collegiate golf. With the recent success, the honors continue to pile up for Potter, who helped the Crimson Tide develop into a national power in the ultra-competitive SEC. The veteran coach has won 14 conference coach of the year awards, including six in the SEC, in addition to the two national awards. Three Alabama golfers and Crimson Tide assistant coach Susan Rosenstiel competed in the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup.

    Named the fifth women's golf coach in U-M history in the fall of 2013, Dowling has spent the last four seasons reshaping the Wolverine program into a Big Ten and a national contender. Some of that hard work has paid off as her Wolverines have made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Championships in 2016 and 2017. After a four year wait, Dowling's 2015-16 squad returned to the NCAA postseason by rallying with a sixth-place finish at the Alabama Regional to advance to the 2016 Finals for just the second time in program history and the first in 14 years. After missing the first team cut by just four shots, the Wolverines tied for 18th to end a historic season. This past season Michigan tied for 16th at NCAA’s while Elodie Van Dievoet tied for fourth - both the best in program history. Prior to her stint at Michigan, Dowling served as head coach at Florida from 2009-12 and was an assistant at Kent State, Duke and Tennessee. As a collegiate golfer at Kent State, she helped lead the Golden Flashes to four straight MAC championships. Dowling was the individual medalist two years in a row at the MAC Championship, a four-time first team All-MAC selection and was named the 2000 MAC Player of the Year. She previously served as Arnold Palmer Cup assistant coach at the 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club.

    Immelman is in his 18th season at Columbus State. After 14 years of heading up the men’s program, Immelman was announced as the Director of Golf in the summer of 2015, overseeing the operations of both the men’s and women’s programs. He has worked steadily to rebuild the CSU program to its traditional place among the Division II elite. Immelman's squads have advanced to the postseason in each of his 15 years at the helm and finished as runners-up at the National Championship in 2006. He has won numerous coaching awards including being named the 2009 NCAA Division II Dave Williams National Coach of the Year. Immelman has coached 10 PING All-Americans and 26 All-Peach Belt Conference players. In his four seasons playing for Columbus State, Immelman was a three-time All-American while the Cougars won multiple national championships. He was inducted into the Columbus State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. In addition to his duties at Columbus State, Immelman is the main instructor at Mark Immelman Golf Instruction working with a plethora of professionals including Trevor Immelman, Larry Mize, Louis Oosthuizen, and many other tour professionals. Also, Immelman does play-by-play broadcasting for the PGA Tour on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and works with CBS Sports as an on-course reporter and studio analyst.  

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    About Arnold Palmer Cup
    The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla. in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players. The Arnold Palmer Cup has been played at some of the world’s greatest courses including The Old Course, The Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Baltusrol, The Honors Course, and Cherry Hills. The 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club became the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.

    Since its inception, over 100 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA Tour, European Tour or LPGA, 28 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and more than 50 have claimed over 200 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 12-9-1.

    The Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. The Arnold Palmer Cup provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf.  For more information, please visit ArnoldPalmerCup.com.

    About Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation
    It all began in the 1960’s when Arnold Palmer’s go-for-broke style of golf bolstered a legion of fans, coined by the press as Arnie’s Army. Palmer's charisma and unfailing sense of kindness and thoughtfulness endeared him to millions around the world. Over the past four decades, the Palmer family has contributed time and resources to support their passion for helping others and in so doing have made a profound impact on many lives. Founded in 2015, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation has been entrusted to continue Arnold Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy by ensuring a brighter future for our youth through children’s health, character development and nature-focused wellness. For more information, or to join Arnie's Army, please visit ArniesArmy.org or contact Chris Kolodinsky at 407-876-3944 or ckolodinsky@arniesarmy.org.

    About Rolex
    An unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise
    Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Through philanthropic programmes and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.

    About Nike
    The exclusive footwear, apparel, headwear, and glove supplier of the Arnold Palmer Cup, Our mission is what drives us to do everything possible to expand human potential. We do that by creating groundbreaking sport innovations, by making our products more sustainably, by building a creative and diverse global team and by making a positive impact in communities where we live and work.
  • 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 2018-19 fall season, as the previous poll was released on Oct. 22.

    The University of Southern California received all but two first-place votes to claim the No. 1 spot after ranking No. 3 in the previous WGCA Coaches Poll, while the University of Texas jumped up six spots to No. 2. Duke University received one first-place vote to move up to No. 3, while the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University entered the top-five at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

    In Division II, University of Indianapolis remains at No. 1 with 12 first-place votes, while Dallas Baptist University received two first-place votes to hold steady at No. 2. Nova Southeastern University and Barry University remain at No. 3 and No, 4, respectively, while Rollins College jumped up five spots to No. 5.

    Carleton College continues to lead Division III after securing 12 first-place votes, while George Fox University holds steady at No. 2 after receiving one first place vote. Grinnell College remains at No. 3, while DePauw University moved up on spot to No. 4. Rhodes College dropped one spot to No. 5 but received one first-place vote.
  • Amanda Blumenherst Announced as Emcee at the WGCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony

    Former Duke University women’s golf standout Amanda Blumenherst will serve as the emcee at the WGCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony, set for Sunday evening, Dec. 2, at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Blumenherst ended her career at Duke as one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history. She tops the program record books with 78 rounds of even or under par, 37 top-10 finishes, 41 top-20 finishes and is tied for first with 12 victories. A four-time All-American, including three First-Team selections, she led Duke to three ACC Championships and two NCAA titles.

    Blumenherst remains both the only three-time Division I PING WGCA Player of the Year (2006, 2007. 2008) and the only three-time Golfstat Cup winner (2006, 2007, 2008). She was also a two-time recipient of the Dinah Shore Trophy Award (2008, 2009), which recognizes female golfers who excel in both academics and athletics, as well as demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service. Blumenherst was inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame in 2014.

    After winning the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, Blumenherst went on to have a successful professional playing career and is now an analyst on the Golf Channel.
  • Golfstat Founder Mark Laesch Named Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient

    Mark Laesch, founder of Golfstat, has been named the 2019 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor.  Laesch will be honored posthumously on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018 at the WGCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Laesch founded Golfstat in 1984, and it quickly revolutionized college golf. Its statistical database aggregated results from every tournament at every level of college golf, and the resulting team and player statistics and rankings became the gold-standard in the sport. In addition, Golfstat changed the way teams and college golf fans followed the sport when it began its live scoring service, allowing people from all around the country to follow tournaments in real time.

    In March of 2017, Laesch passed away after a lengthy battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The following May, the WGCA and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced the inception of the Mark Laesch Award, presented to the team that showed the greatest improvement from the previous season in adjusted stroke average, in his honor.
  • Heather Bowie, Jenny Lidback, and Marilynn Smith to be Inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame

    Heather Bowie of Arizona State University and the University of Texas, Jenny Lidback of Texas Christian University and Louisiana State University, and Marilynn Smith of the University of Kansas will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Bowie, Lidback and Smith become the 73rd, 74th and 75th members of the WGCA Players Hall of Fame.

    In two years at Arizona State University, Bowie helped lead the Sun Devils to two NCAA team championships in 1994 and 1995. She was a two-time First Team All-American and currently holds the record for second-most wins by a player in a single season at Arizona State (four).  Bowie then transferred to the University of Texas, where she capped off her career by winning three tournament titles in 1997, including both the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Championship. She was named a First Team All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year, and the winner of the Honda Broderick Award as the College Female Golfer of the Year.

    After spending two and a half years at Texas Christian University, where Lidback earned First-Team All-American honors and was a member of the 1983 NCAA National Championship team, she transferred to Louisiana State University and had one of the greatest single seasons in women's college golf. In that one year, she won a record seven individual titles and led the Tigers to a program best five team championships. Following her senior season, she was named NCAA Player of the Year. Lidback has gone on to have a successful professional career, including winning the du Maurier Classic in 1995, which from 1979 through 2000 was one of the LPGA Tour's four major championships before being replace by the Women's British Open.

    Smith’s two-year career at the University of Kansas was highlighted by a 1949 NCAA Championship Individual title, and shortly after she accepted an offer from Spalding to turn pro. She was one of the original 13 founders of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in 1950 and won 22 times on the LPGA tour, including the 1963 Titleholders, one of the major women's events at the time. Smith was the first ever female television commentator for a men's professional golf tournament in 1973, and in 1979 she received the inaugural Patty Berg Award for distinguished service to women's golf. She was inducted into the Women's Sports Foundation International Hall of Fame in 1991 and the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006 via the Lifetime Achievement category.

    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.
  • Sterner to Present at WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    Thomas M. Sterner, the founder and CEO of The Practicing Mind Institute, will speak at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions December 2-5 in Las Vegas.

    As a successful entrepreneur, Sterner is considered an expert in Present Moment Functioning or PMF tm. He is a popular and in demand speaker who works with high performance individuals including, athletes, coaches, industry groups, and individuals of all ages freeing them to operate effectively within high stress situations so that they can break through to new levels of mastery.

     

    As an expert Present Moment Functioning Coach, Thomas has brought clarity to thousands regarding how they can achieve their goals with less effort, in the least amount of time while enjoying the process. Top media outlets such as NPR, Fox News and Forbes have sought his advice.  He is the author of the best seller The Practicing Mind; Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life (New World Library 2012) and Fully Engaged; Using The Practicing Mind In Daily Life (New World Library 2016).

    Prior to founding The Practicing Mind Institute he served as the Chief Concert Piano technician for a major performing arts center preparing instruments for the most demanding performances. During his 25 year tenure as a high level technician he personally worked for industry giants such as Van Cliburn, Pavarotti, Andre Watts, Ray Charles, Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, and many more. This provided him with a unique opportunity to converse one on one with some of the most disciplined minds on how they approached the process of “practicing”.

    Aware of his undisciplined personality as a youth, Sterner set out on a quest in his late teens determined to understand the nature of a disciplined mind, the elements of productive practice regardless of the application, and how to transform his own weaknesses into personal strengths. Decades of research in eastern thought, sports psychology, and neuroscience, combined with hundreds of hours of individual coaching, have given him an inspiring and transformative story to tell, one filled with simplicity, practicality, and humor. In his down time he is an accomplished musician, private pilot, avid golfer, sailor, and target archer.
  • Julie Garner of Rollins College to be Inducted into the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame

    Julie Garner, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Rollins College, will be inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Garner becomes the 51st member of the WGCA Coaches Hall of Fame.   

    In her 23 seasons as head coach, Garner has led Rollins women’s golf team to a record six NCAA Division II National Championships, along with five runner-up finishes. The Tars have finished in the top-four at the NCAA Division II Championships in 13 of her last 17 seasons. She is a four-time Division II Golf Pride WGCA Coach of the Year (2003, 2006, 2015, 2016) and five-time Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2015).

    Garner’s student-athletes have garnered six PING WGCA Player of the Year Awards (Charlotte Campbell in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and Annie Dulman in 2014, 2015) and three Sunshine State Conference Golfer of the Year honors (Jennifer Beames in 2003 and Charlotte Campbell in 2004, 2006).

    In 2018, Rollins placed second at the NCAA Super Regional to earn its record 16th bid to the NCAA Championships, where the Tars went on to finish in eighth place.
  • 18Birdies to Sponsor Women's Golf Coaches Association

    Mobile golf technology startup, 18Birdies, has announced it will be sponsoring the Women’s Golf Coach Association (WGCA), which will include naming rights for the annual All-American Scholar Awards. This follows the 18Birdies’ sponsorship of the Golf Coaches Association of America, which was announced earlier this year.

    “Supporting the growth of women’s golf has always been a priority for 18Birdies, so it made sense for us to show support for the WGCA,” said 18Birdies CEO, Eddy Lui. “At the same time, this will give us a great opportunity to learn about the technology needs of its member coaches.”

    Every year, the WGCA recognizes both outstanding academic and athletic achievements in women’s college golf and has what is considered to be one of the highest standards for selection in all of college athletics. For a player to receive the prestigious honor, they must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Last year a total of 1,021 women’s collegiate golfers were given the award.

    “The WGCA is excited for this opportunity and we’d like to thank 18Birdies for their support of women’s collegiate golf,” said WGCA President Todd Oehrlein. “We have a shared goal to grow women’s collegiate golf, as well as women’s golf in general, and hope it’s something we can build upon as we begin this long-lasting relationship.”

    The sponsorship of the WGCA adds to 18Birdies’ commitment to supporting the growth of women’s golf. Earlier this year, 18Birdies launched a partnership with the LPGA and introduced features in the app that catered to beginner women’s golfers. The partnership with the LPGA included releasing the findings of an 18Birdies ethnographic study, “It’s His Game, Not Her Game”, that examined barriers and motivations around women’s golf participation and offered recommendations for getting more women playing golf. Within the app, 18Birdies launched a player matching feature that lets women discover and connect with other women golfers and a women’s-focused knowledge center containing beginner level instructional content/tips and the latest women’s golf news.

     About 18Birdies
    18Birdies is the premier mobile and social golf platform powering the next generation of golf technology and reimagining the golf experience. 18Birdies aims to inspire golfers of all ages and skill levels by managing their games, challenging and motivating them through competition, and sharing their experiences with other golfers. 18Birdies provides a simple and intuitive experience that harnesses the power of technology, gaming and social to make golf more innovative, fun and engaging. The 18Birdies mobile golf platform enhances the experience between golfers and the courses they play, growing the golf community. For more information, please visit www.18Birdies.com.

    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.
  • Claude Harmon Featured Instructor at WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    Claude Harmon, one of the game’s top teachers, will be featured instructor at the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions December 2-5 in Las Vegas. He was ranked 12th on Golf Digest’s 2017-18 Best Teachers in America List and is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor.

    Beginning his eighth season as Director of Instruction at the Butch Harmon Floridian, Claude Harmon is in the vanguard of the new generation of golf teachers. He is steeped in tradition of both his grandfather, Claude Harmon, and father, Claude “Butch” Harmon Jr., who have been the dominant teachers of their generation. The Harmon family pedigree has been the perfect foundation for Claude to build his knowledge of golf instruction and apply “new school” teaching concepts in an “old school” fashion. Claude’s teaching philosophy and methods have delivered lower scores and better, more repeatable swings for seasoned tour players and amateurs of all abilities.

    Harmon’s current students include major champions and world No. 1s Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, as well as Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. Past students include Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Darren Clarke, Trevor Immelman, and Yani Tseng. He is a regular contributor to Sky Sports Golf and the Golf Channel.

     
  • 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 2018-19 season, as the previous poll was released on Oct. 1.

    University of Alabama remains atop Division I, securing 13 first-place votes, while UCLA received five first-place votes to hold steady at No. 2. University of Southern California moved up one spot to No. 3, while Duke University reenters the top-five to claim the No. 4 slot. University of Virginia continues to shoot up the rankings, landing the No. 5 spot.

    In Division II, University of Indianapolis remains at No. 1 with 13 first-place votes, while Dallas Baptist University received one first-place vote to hold steady at No. 2. Nova Southeastern University and Barry University remain at No. 3 and No, 4, respectively, while Arkansas Tech University jumped up five spots to No. 5.

    Carleton College leads Division I after shooting up nine spots, receiving 11 first-place votes, while George Fox University moves up to No. 2. Grinnell College jumped up five spots to claim the No. 3 slot, while Rhodes College moved up two spots to No. 4 after receiving one first-place vote. DePauw University held steady, rounding out the top-five.
  • Dawn Woodard to Speak at WGCA Member Convention

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Dawn Woodard will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA Member Convention on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Woodard founded and owns Judgment Matters, a performance enhancement consulting company. She works with athletes in multiple sports and across all levels, as well as members of their development team, including trainers, coaches, instructors, and sports psychologists. Her focus is on taking what is natural for the athlete and helping that person learn how to use that to his or her advantage.

    A former multi-sport athlete, Woodard played golf at Furman University from 1992-96 and still competes nationally at an elite level. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science and is also a certified Judgment Index Consultant. The experience gained from competing at very high levels combined with her educational background and certifications allows her to connect, relate to, and understand her clients.
  • Brian Kight Announced as Speaker at WGCA Member Convention

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Brian Kight will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA Member Convention on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    As the CEO of Focus 3, Kight has worked with professional and collegiate sports teams, schools, banks, manufacturing, healthcare, accounting, insurance and many others, making him a multi-industry leader on the topics of leadership, culture, and behavior. Focus 3 has been featured in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and the Wall Street Journal, and Kight’s impact has made him one of the top-rated keynote speakers and consultants in the United States.

    Kight and Focus 3 gained national attention in 2014, when client Ohio State University won the inaugural college football playoffs led by their third-string quarterback.
  • 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 2018-19 season, as the Preseason rankings were announced on Sept. 4.

     

    University of Alabama took over the No. 1 spot in Division I, receiving 12 first-place votes, while UCLA dropped to No. 2 with eight first-place votes. After ranking No. 25 in the preseason, Vanderbilt University shot to the No. 3 spot, receiving a first-place vote in the process, while the University of Southern California moved up two spots to No. 4. University of Florida received one first-place vote, jumping to the No. 5 spot after opening the season at No. 12.

     

    In Division II, University of Indianapolis remains as a unanimous No. 1, while Dallas Baptist University moved up one slot to No. 2. Nova Southeastern falls one spot to No. 3, while Barry University and Florida Southern College held steady at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively.

     

    Carleton College and Washington University in St. Louis shot up the Division III rankings after opening the season at No. 9 and No. 8, respectively, tying for the No. 1 spot with a combined eight first-place votes. George Fox University held steady at No. 3 with two first-place votes, while Williams College received one first-place vote to drop to No. 4 after opening the season tied at No. 1.  The No. 5 slot belongs to DePauw University, who jumped up six spots.
  • Jerry Kill to Address WGCA and GCAA National Conventions

    Southern Illinois Special Assistant to the Chancellor and acting Athletic Director Jerry Kill will address the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) National Conventions December 2-5 in Las Vegas. A former college football coach, Kill is well known for his ability to turn around programs and his epilepsy advocacy.

    A three-time national coach of the year, Kill currently serves as Southern Illinois’ athletic director and as a university ambassador. He was previously the Saluki’s head football coach from 2001 to 2007, leading the Salukis to five-straight appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision and winning three-straight Gateway Football Conference Championships. Kill was awarded the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award (2004) as well as the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2007). Southern Illinois had endured nine-straight losing seasons when Kill arrived in 2001, attendance was at an all-time low, and decrepit McAndrew Stadium was beyond repair. The Salukis went 1-10 during Kill’s first year, but two years later were sitting atop the Gateway Conference with a 10-2 record and the school’s first playoff appearance in 20 years. Kill ushered in what is now known as the Golden Era of Saluki Football from 2003-09, in which Southern went 70-19 overall and 42-8 in the conference. SIU spent 99-consecutive weeks in the Top 25, including 18 weeks during 2004 and 2005.

    Prior to being named head coach at Southern Illinois, Kill rose through the ranks at Pittsburg State, Saginaw Valley State, and Emporia State. His success at Southern Illinois, led him to Northern Illinois, where the Huskies won 23 games in three seasons and on to Minnesota in 2011. Kill guided the Gophers to three bowl games, including the 2014 Citrus Bowl, Minnesota’s first New Year’s day bowl game since 1962. He was voted the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the conference’s coaches and the media who cover the Big Ten.

    Kill stepped away from coaching for a short time in 2016 when he took on the role of serving as the associate athletic director for administration at Kansas State. In 2017, Kill returned to the sidelines as Rutgers offensive coordinator.

     

    Kill has over 30 years of coaching experience and has done a masterful job of rebuilding programs into winners. He has a lifetime record of 156-102, was a four-time regional coach of the year, and recorded winning seasons in 15 of his 22 years as a college head coach. Kill was also instrumental in getting facilities built at each of the programs where he served, including SIU’s Saluki Stadium, which opened in 2010, three years after he left.

    Kill has dealt with epilepsy for much of his adult life, serving as an advocate for others with the condition and earning widespread respect and national attention. He chronicled his experiences as a coach in a 2016 book, “Chasing Dreams: Living My Life One Yard at a Time.”

    In addition to his many coaching awards, Kill has a long list of civic honors, stemming from his public advocacy for worthy causes, such as the Coach Kill Cancer Fund that he started in Southern Illinois while coaching at SIU, and the Epilepsy Chasing Dreams Fund he began while at Minnesota. He has been the recipient of the National Football Foundation Courage Award (2009), Grant Taft FCA Coach of the Year Award (2010), Cal Stoll Courage Award (2014), Bob McNamara Memorial Legends Award (2015) and the FCA Power of Influence Award (2016). He continues to help raise money for research for the National Foundation of Epilepsy and was the inaugural recipient of the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota’s Coach Kill Award in 2016
  • Kraig Kann Announced as Speaker at WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Kraig Kann will serve as a speaker at the upcoming WGCA and GCAA Member Conventions on Monday morning, Dec. 3, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    “I’m honored to have the chance to share with the women’s and men’s golf coaches at the annual conference,” said Kann. “This will be a highlight of my year as these are the folks that help deliver the next level of great champions in our sport.  My passion for college athletics – combined with golf – will surely come out and my goal is an inspirational message with plenty of tools and takeaways that elevate them on a personal and professional level.” 

    Kann founded Kann Advisory Group in 2016 and serves as Managing Director of the organization that provides strategic communications, marketing, branding and media consulting to leaders of all organizations. He spent 25 years in television, including 17 at the Golf Channel/NBC where he was an original on-air member and ultimately the lead studio host, and was the Chief Communications Officer for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) from 2011-16. Additionally, Kann was a member of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Communication Committee and hosted press conferences on site.

    Kann’s experience as a network television personality, sports executive and business entrepreneur has earned recognition from Sports Business Journal, PR News, Sports PR Summit, and Forbes. In addition, he is a weekly host on SiriusXM PGATOUR Radio.
  • WGCA Coaches Poll Preseason Rankings Announced

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

    In Division I, UCLA received nine first place votes to open the season at No. 1, while NCAA runner-up University of Alabama received 12 first-place votes to finish one point behind at No. 2. Rounding out the top five are the University of Arkansas, who received one first-place vote, followed by Stanford University and Duke University, who advanced to match play at last year’s NCAA Championships.

    Opening at No. 1 in Division II is reigning NCAA Champion University of Indianapolis, who received 12 of a possible 15 first-place votes. Rounding out the top three are Nova Southeastern University and Dallas Baptist University, who placed fourth and third, respectively, at last year’s NCAA Championships. Last year’s fifth-place finisher Barry University sits at No. 4, while Florida Southern claims the No. 5 spot.

    In Division III, defending NCAA Champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps shares the No. 1 spot with Williams College, with the two teams earning eight and five first-place votes, respectively. Last year’s third place finisher George Fox University received one first-place vote to open the season at No. 3, while New York University and Whitman College sit at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. 

    Full rankings can be found via the link below: