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  • University of New Mexico Captures 2019-20 WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award

    The University of New Mexico women’s golf team has been named the recipient of the 2019-20 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 2019-20 season. New Mexico’s nine team members had an average GPA of 3.965.

     

    Leading Division II was Davenport University, as the team’s eight members averaged a 3.918 GPA, while the University of Texas at Dallas led Division III with a 3.860 average GPA. In NAIA, the College of Saint Mary led the division with a GPA of 3.795, while Daytona State College’s GPA of 3.731 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, as well as the top 10 teams for NAIA. They are as follows:

     

    Division I

    Place

    University

    Team GPA

    1

    University of New Mexico

    3.965

    2

    University Wisconsin-Green Bay

    3.958

    3

    California Baptist University

    3.950

    4

    Quinnipiac University

    3.947

    5

    University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    3.890

    6

    Florida Atlantic University

    3.878

    T8

    Drake University

    3.860

    T8

    University of Illinois

    3.860

    10

    University of Denver

    3.857

    11

    East Carolina University

    3.852

    12

    Oral Roberts University

    3.850

    13

    University of North Texas

    3.849

    14

    University of South Carolina

    3.845

    T15

    Eastern Washington University

    3.832

    T15

    Rutgers University

    3.832

    T17

    Harvard University

    3.824

    T17

    University of Cincinnati

    3.824

    19

    Morehead State University

    3.820

    20

    University of Wyoming

    3.819

    21

    Arkansas State University

    3.815

    T22

    University of Delaware

    3.811

    T22

    The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

    3.811

    24

    University of Texas Arlington

    3.806

    T25

    Seattle University

    3.800

    T25

    Grand Canyon University

    3.800

    T25

    Penn State University

    3.800

     

     

     

     

    Division II

    Place

    University

    Team GPA

    1

    Davenport University

    3.918

    2

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL)

    3.839

    3

    University of Central Oklahoma

    3.824

    4

    Wayne State University

    3.816

    5

    Texas A&M University - Commerce

    3.809

    6

    Tiffin University

    3.799

    7

    Rockhurst University

    3.797

    8

    Coker University

    3.779

    9

    Colorado Christian University

    3.745

    10

    Lindenwood University

    3.737

    11

    University of Arkansas Monticello

    3.734

    T12

    Wheeling University

    3.731

    T12

    Lenoir-Rhyne University

    3.731

    T12

    University of Central Missouri

    3.731

    15

    The University of Findlay

    3.723

    16

    Concordia University - St. Paul

    3.710

    17

    Oklahoma Baptist University

    3.692

    18

    Rogers State University

    3.685

    19

    University of West Georgia

    3.677

    20

    Walsh University

    3.676

    21

    Southwest Minnesota State University

    3.673

    22

    Rollins College

    3.670

    23

    University of Indianapolis

    3.665

    24

    McKendree University

    3.663

    25

    Saint Leo University

    3.661

     

     

     

     

    Division III

    Place

    University

    Team GPA

    1

    University of Texas at Dallas

    3.860

    2

    Augsburg University

    3.839

    3

    Washington University in St. Louis

    3.833

    4

    Olivet College

    3.798

    T5

    Carleton College

    3.791

    T5

    Middlebury College

    3.791

    7

    Marietta College

    3.777

    8

    Centre College

    3.767

    9

    Grinnell College

    3.755

    10

    Carnegie Mellon University

    3.750

    11

    St. Olaf College

    3.749

    12

    DePauw University

    3.740

    13

    St. Catherine University

    3.722

    14

    University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

    3.713

    15

    University of Wisconsin-Stout

    3.696

    16

    Stevenson University

    3.687

    17

    Huntingdon College

    3.684

    18

    Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

    3.683

    T19

    University of Redlands

    3.680

    T19

    University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

    3.660

    21

    Lakeland University

    3.655

    T22

    Gustavus Adolphus College

    3.642

    T22

    Illinois Wesleyan University

    3.642

    24

    Central College

    3.639

    25

    Millikin University

    3.630

     

     

    NAIA

    Place

    University

    Team GPA

    1

    College of Saint Mary

    3.795

    2

    Ottawa University - Arizona

    3.716

    3

    Indiana University Kokomo

    3.710

    4

    SCAD Savannah

    3.688

    5

    Brenau University

    3.611

    6

    Taylor University

    3.605

    7

    College of Coastal Georgia

    3.540

    8

    Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

    3.517

    9

    Milligan University

    3.512

    10

    Dalton State College

    3.509

  • WGCA Announces 2020 Mark Laesch Award Recipients

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the recipients for the 2020 Mark Laesch Awards. Teams were recognized based on improvement in adjusted stroke average per individual per round from the 2018-19 to 2019-20 seasons (denoted in parenthesis below).

    Recipients included the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (49.78) in Division I, Division II’s Kentucky Wesleyan College (31.25), and Bluffton University (55.92) from Division III.

  • Lauren Hartlage Named Recipient of the 2020 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award

    University of Louisville senior Lauren Hartlage has been named the recipient of the 2020 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).

    Hartlage was named a WGCA Honorable Mention All-American after setting a new school record for stroke average in a single season (71.53) and becoming the first Louisville golfer to average below par for the season. Five of her 17 collegiate rounds were in the 60s, while eight of her rounds were at par or better. She posted four top-10 finishes, including the Cardinal Cup where she tied her own school record by shooting a 7-under par 65 during the final round.

    A four-time WGCA All-American Scholar, Hartlage has a 3.909 cumulative GPA as a finance major.

  • WGCA All-American Scholars Announced for 2019-20

    The WGCA All-American Scholars were announced today with a total of 1,401 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 2019-2020 WGCA All-American Scholar Team can be found here:

  • Angie Ravaioli-Larkin Announced as WGCA President for 2020-22

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced its new Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2020. After serving as the organization’s vice president for the last year, Texas Christian University’s head women’s golf coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin will begin her term as president.

     

    “I am honored, excited and to be honest a little nervous about serving as your president of the WGCA... especially in a pandemic!” said Ravaioli-Larkin. “I have a hard act to follow after Todd’s presidency. He is so patient and served with such dignity and class.  I have learned so much these past several years from all of our previous presidents while on the board. I cannot thank Todd Oehrlein, Kristi Knight and Amy Bond enough for pushing me past my comfort zone and encouraging me along the way. I promise to give you all 100% and continue to grow and strengthen our organization as well as women’s golf.”

     

    Ravaioli-Larkin has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014 when she began as Associate VP 3 before going on to serve as Associate VP 1 for two years. She then moved to Vice President in 2019 to fill the term left open from a coaching change.

     

    In addition, Mississippi State University’s head women’s golf coach Ginger Brown-Lemm will serve as Vice President and is set to take over presidential duties in 2022. She most recently served as the organization’s Treasurer.

     

    Todd Oehrlein moves to the Immediate Past President position after serving a two-year term as President. He served as the association’s Division I Director and Vice President prior to taking over presidential duties in June of 2018.

     

    The full list of the 2020-21 Board of Directors includes:

     

    Angie Ravaioli-Larkin, President

    Texas Christian University

     

    Ginger Brown-Lemm, Vice President

    Mississippi State University

     

    Laura Cilek, Associate VP 1

    Colorado State University

     

    Anna Temple, Associate VP 2

    University of California, Davis

     

    Carol Robertson, Associate VP 3

    Virginia Tech

     

    Diana Cantu, Secretary

    University of Maryland

     

    Kari Williams, Treasurer

    Rutgers University

     

    Lisa Strom, Division I Director

    Kent State University

     

    Aimee Neff, Division I Representative

    Florida Atlantic University

     

    Michael Bond, Division II Director

    University of Central Oklahoma

     

    Kenny Trapp, Division II Representative

    Dallas Baptist University

     

    Paulette Pera, Division III Director

    University of California, Santa Cruz

     

    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

     

    Todd Oehrlein, Immediate Past President

    University of Wisconsin

  • WGCA Announces 2020 Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award Recipients

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2020 WGCA Kim Moore Spirit Award recipients for Division I. Due to the uniqueness of the 2019-20 season as a result of COVID-19, the WGCA has decided to recognize recipients in each of the three following categories: a player, a coach and a team.

     

    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.

     

    Carly Burkhardt, Furman University

    Shortly after helping Furman reach the 2017 NCAA Championships as a freshman, Burkhardt was diagnosed with a very rare disease: aplastic anemia. She spent the summer in the hospital, fighting through the flu, adverse reaction to medicines, and a routine procedure that turned life-threatening. She was forced to miss her sophomore season in 2017-18 but battled back in time to help the Paladins kick off the 2018-19 season with a first place finish at the Lady Paladin Invitational. However, tragedy struck again as her sister Kathryn passed away from a complication due to a rare neurological disorder, and after being diagnosed with PTSD Burkhardt took the remainder of the season off. After much counseling and hard work, she returned to golf in the fall of 2019, playing in four of five events and ranking second on the team in stroke average at 72.9.

     

    Carly Burkhardt acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/413198859

     

    Page Marsh, Head Coach, North Carolina State University

    During North Carolina State’s second tournament of the 2019-20 season, Marsh received a phone call saying that her husband George had passed away suddenly. She immediately made her way back home and took the remainder of the fall season off. However, just a few short months after this tragedy, she returned to coach the Wolfpack for the spring season. Despite her grief, Marsh returned with poise, choosing to bring positivity and light to her team. Before the season was cut short, she led North Carolina State to top-10 finishes in two of the team’s three spring tournaments, finishing the season with a sixth-place finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.

     

    Page Marsh acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/413199385

     

    University of Toledo Women’s Golf Team

    After a fall season full of hope and development, the University of Toledo women’s golf team faced the first of many challenges heading into the spring season. Freshman Caroline Kane, who had undergone season-ending hip surgery just one week before her collegiate career was set to begin, lost her father unexpectedly. The team rallied behind her, and with the support of her teammates and friends she returned to campus. Then, during the team’s practice round prior to the second tournament of the spring, senior Thupijja Sukkasem was admitted to the emergency room with abdominal pain so severe she was unable to walk. She was determined to play, so after being discharged from the hospital she managed to play one round before having to withdraw due to the pain. A few days later she returned to the hospital and was found to have an infection, requiring 10-14 days to recover. As this was going on, senior Saranlak Tumfong discovered curious bruising in her mouth and on her body during the final round of the same tournament. After returning home, a blood test revealed that she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia and she began chemotherapy treatments a few days later. Less than a week later, after much discussion and a blessing from Tumfong, the team traveled to the Jackrabbit Invitational with only four healthy team members and one coach, determined to play for their teammates that were sidelined. The Rockets closed out the tournament with their best round and finished in 12th place before the 2019-20 season was cut short two days later.

     

    Head Coach Jenny Coluccio acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/413197816

  • Kenny Trapp Named 2019-20 Division II Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Kenny Trapp, head coach of the Dallas Baptist University Patriots, has been named the 2019-20 Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year for Division II women’s collegiate golf.

     

    Kenny Trapp acceptance video:  https://vimeo.com/413179875

     

    Trapp recently completed his 15th season at Dallas Baptist University in 2019-20, finishing the shortened season with four consecutive tournament wins. The Patriots won six of the eight tournaments they competed in and finished in the top-three in all eight of them, tallying three individual wins along the way. The team’s four WGCA All-American selections was the most of any Division II program.

     

    In addition, the WGCA has announced the 2019-20 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year. The 2019-20 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year are as follows:

     

    South Region Coach of the Year: Missey Jones, University of Tampa

    East Region Coach of the Year: Brent Nicoson, University of Indianapolis

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

    Central Region Co-Coaches of the Year: Amy Anderson, Arkansas Tech University and Michael Bond, University of Central Oklahoma

  • Kim Lewellen Named 2019-20 Division I Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Kim Lewellen, head coach of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, has been named the 2019-20 Golf Pride Grips WGCA National Coach of the Year for Division I women’s collegiate golf.

     

    Lewellen recently completed her second season with Wake Forest in 2019-20 after leading the Demon Deacons to the best season in program history in 2018-19. This year, the team finished the shortened season ranked No. 1 in Golfstat and No. 2 in Golfweek, ending play with a 26-stroke victory at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. Wake Forest tallied three individual titles and four team titles before the season was cut short. Lewellen has coached five WGCA All-Americans in her first two season with the program.

     

    In addition, the WGCA has announced the 2019-20 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 2019-20 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Regional Coaches of the Year are as follows:

     

    East Region Coach of the Year: Kim Lewellen, Wake Forest University

    Central Region Coach of the Year: Ryan Murphy, University of Texas

    West Region Coach of the Year: Missy Farr-Kaye, Arizona State University

  • WGCA Announces 2019-20 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coaches of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2019-20 Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coaches of the Year.

    2019-20 Division I Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Darby Sligh, North Carolina State University

     

    Sligh joined the North Carolina State program as an assistant coach in June of 2018 after spending 11 seasons as the head women’s golf coach at Illinois State University. During the 2019-20 season, the Wolfpack recorded four top-10 team finishes and five top-20 individual finishes. At the Golfweek Conference Challenge in September of 2019, head coach Page Marsh had to leave the final round of the tournament due to an unexpected death in the family. Sligh stepped in and coached the team to a ninth-place finish and the second-lowest score of the fall, and went on to take over head coach duties for the remainder of the fall season.

     

    Darby Sligh acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/412449673


    2019-20 Division II Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Kacey Dalpes, University of Indianapolis

     

    In her third year with the University of Indianapolis, Dalpes helped the Greyhounds win four of the six tournaments they competed in in 2019-20. The team boasted three All-Americans and the Division II PING WGCA Co-Player of the Year, and broke the school record for the best 18-hole round (275) at the Music City Invitational. Dalpes becomes a two-time Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year, as she also received the honor in 2018 after helping lead the Greyhounds to an NCAA title.

     

    Kacey Dalpes acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/412376234


    2019-20 Division III Golf Pride Grips WGCA Assistant Coach of the Year

    Will Hurt, Berry College

     

    In his first year with Berry College, Hurt helped lead the Vikings to five top-10 finishes in 2019-20. The team finished the shortened season ranked No. 24 on Golfstat after a fifth-place finish at the Savannah Invitational. Hurt jumped right into coaching after finishing his own collegiate golf career at Carson Newman University in the spring of 2019.

     

    Will Hurt acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/412377639

  • Emma-Lee Torstensson Named 2019-20 NAIA WGCA Freshman of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Emma-Lee Torstensson of Keiser University has been named the 2019-20 NAIA WGCA Freshman of the Year.

     

    Emma-Lee Torstensson acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/412101561

     

    The WGCA Freshman of the Year Award is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I, II, III and NAIA women's golf. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the top freshman for the past year. These criteria include:

     

    • Adjusted scoring average for the year.
    • Place finishes in regular season events.
    • Head to head comparisons against the top 60 in the Golfstat Rankings.
    • Comparison of Common Opponents.
    • Strength of Schedule.

     

    A native of Boras, Sweden, Torstensson finished her freshman campaign with a 76.50 scoring average. She placed in the top-10 in five tournaments throughout the year, including three finishes in the top-five. Her first career win came at the Adamonis Invitational after she posted a score of 224 (+11).

  • Annie Mascot Named 2019-20 Division III PING WGCA Player of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Annie Mascot of Washington University in St. Louis has been named the 2019-20 Division III PING WGCA Player of the Year. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    Annie Mascot acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/412101106

     

    Recognized annually as the top honor in women's collegiate golf, the PING WGCA Player of the Year Award is awarded to the best player in Division I, II III and NAIA women's golf. The award was first given in 1987 and the names of recipients reads as a who's who of the best of the ladies’ game. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the finest player for the past year. These criteria include:

     

    • Head to head competition
    • Comparison with common opponents
    • Scoring average
    • Place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins
    • Strength of schedule

     

    Mascot, a native of Agoura Hills, Calif., led the nation with a scoring average of 72.55. She finished in the top-three in all six tournaments she competed in, including three wins, and recorded rounds in the 70s or lower in all 11 rounds. As the 2019-20 Division III WGCA Freshman of the Year, she becomes the first freshman to sweep both major awards since 2012.

  • Annie Mascot Named 2019-20 Division III WGCA Freshman of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Annie Mascot of Washington University in St. Louis has been named the 2019-20 Division III WGCA Freshman of the Year. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    Annie Mascot acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/412100187

     

    The WGCA Freshman of the Year Award is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I, II, III and NAIA women's golf. Freshmen must have competed in a minimum of five competitive rounds to be considered. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the top freshman for the past year. These criteria include:

     

    • Adjusted scoring average for the year.
    • Place finishes in regular season events.
    • Head to head comparisons against the top 60 in the Golfstat Rankings.
    • Comparison of Common Opponents.
    • Strength of Schedule.

     

    A native of Agoura Hills, Calif., Mascot posted a scoring average of 72.55 and recorded rounds in the 70s or lower in all 11 rounds she played in during the 2019-20 season. She finished in the top-three in every tournament, including wins at the I-70 Dual, Rhodes Classic and Arkansas State Lady Red Wolves Classic. Throughout her freshman campaign, she broke school records in single season scoring average, 36-hole score (139) and 54-hole score (211).

  • Alessia Avanzo Named 2019-20 NAIA PING WGCA Player of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Alessia Avanzo of SCAD Savannah has been named the 2019-20 NAIA PING WGCA Player of the Year.

     

    Alessia Avanzo acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/412098746

     

    Recognized annually as the top honor in women's collegiate golf, the PING WGCA Player of the Year Award is awarded to the best player in Division I, II, III and NAIA women's golf. The award was first given in 1987 and the names of recipients reads as a who's who of the best of the ladies’ game. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the finest player for the past year. These criteria include:

     

    • Head to head competition
    • Comparison with common opponents
    • Scoring average
    • Place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins
    • Strength of schedule

     

    A native of Trieste, Italy, Avanzo finished the 2019-20 season with a school record scoring average of 72.80. She finished in the top-three in five of the seven tournaments she competed in, including the Kiawah Island Classic and the World Golf Village Invitational, and collected two tournament wins. Avanzo recorded eight rounds of par or better in only 15 rounds played, which ranks second in program history.

  • Natalie Srinivasan Named 2019-20 Division I PING WGCA Player of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Natalie Srinivasan of Furman University has been named the 2019-20 Division I PING WGCA Player of the Year, the organization’s highest player honor for 2019-20.

     

    Natalie Srinivasan acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/410641562

     

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

     

    • Head to head competition
    • Comparison with common opponents
    • Scoring average
    • Place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins
    • Strength of schedule

     

    A native of Spartanburg, SC, Srinivasan finished the shortened 2019-20 season with a 70.51 scoring average. She won three tournaments over the course of the season and earned an invitation to the Augusta National Women's Amateur for the second-consecutive year. She led the Paladins with a 70.8 stroke average over 18 rounds this season, breaking the school record for the best single-season stroke average. Srinivasan concludes her Paladin career with a 72.6 stroke average over 118 rounds, the best career stroke average in Furman women's golf history.

  • Valentina Albertazzi Named 2019-20 Division II WGCA Freshman of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Valentina Albertazzi of Nova Southeastern University has been named the 2019-20 Division II WGCA Freshman of the Year. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    Valentina Albertazzi acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/410308376

     

    The WGCA Freshman of the Year Award is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I, II, III and NAIA women's golf. Freshmen must have competed in a minimum of six competitive rounds to be considered. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the top freshman for the past year. These criteria include:

     

    • Adjusted scoring average for the year.
    • Place finishes in regular season events.
    • Head to head comparisons against the top 60 in the Golfstat Rankings.
    • Comparison of Common Opponents.
    • Strength of Schedule.

     

    A native of Benahavis, Spain, Albertazzi posted a scoring average of 72.15 and finished in the top-10 in all seven tournaments she played in during the 2019-20 season. She collected her first career win at the Lady Moc Golf Classic, where her 54-hole score of 205 (-11) marked the second lowest in program history. She posted 10 rounds of par or better, including six of her final seven rounds of the season, and her versus par scoring average of +0.30 broke the single season school record.

  • Vivian Hou Named 2019-20 Division I WGCA Freshman of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Vivian Hou of the University of Arizona has been named the 2019-20 Division I WGCA Freshman of the Year.

     

    Vivian Hou acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/411069127

     

    The WGCA Freshman of the Year Award is awarded annually to the top Freshman in Division I, II, III and NAIA women's golf. Freshmen must have competed in a minimum of eight competitive rounds to be considered. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the top freshman for the past year. These criteria include:

     

    • Adjusted scoring average for the year.
    • Place finishes in regular season events.
    • Head to head comparisons against the top 60 in the Golfstat Rankings.
    • Comparison of Common Opponents.
    • Strength of Schedule.

     

    Hou, a native of Taipei, Taiwan, finished her freshman campaign with a stroke average of 70.68. She finished in fourth-place or better in six of the seven tournaments she competed in, including runner-up finishes at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate, Stanford Intercollegiate and the Arizona Wildcat Invitational. Hou recorded 16 rounds of par or better in only 19 rounds played during the 2019-20 season.

  • Pilar Echeverria and Kiira Riihijarvi Named 2020 Division II PING WGCA Co-Players of the Year

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Pilar Echeverria of the University of Indianapolis and Kiira Riihijarvi of the University of Tampa have been named the 2020 Division II PING WGCA Co-Players of the Year. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    Pilar Echeverria acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/411019088

    Kiira Riihijarvi acceptance video: https://vimeo.com/411020434

     

    Recognized annually as the top honor in women's collegiate golf, the PING WGCA Player of the Year Award is awarded to the best player in Division I, II III and NAIA women's golf. The award was first given in 1987 and the names of recipients reads as a who's who of the best of the ladies’ game. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the finest player for the past year. These criteria include:

     

    • Head to head competition
    • Comparison with common opponents
    • Scoring average
    • Place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins
    • Strength of schedule

     

    Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis

    Echeverria, from Guatemala City, Guatemala, becomes the first back-to-back Division II PING WGCA Division II Player of the Year since 2015. She finished in either first or second place in five of six tournaments during the 2019-20 season, including three tournament wins. She posted a scoring average of 71.6, the best single season scoring average in program history.

     

     

    Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa

    A native of Oulu Finland, Riihijarvi placed first in four of six tournaments during the 2019-20 campaign, including the first three of the season. She posted a 70.50 scoring average, which ranks first in the University of Tampa record books, and finished below par in four tournaments, including a season low three-round score of 208 (-8) at the Lady Moc Classic.

  • WGCA Announces 2019-20 NAIA WGCA All-American Teams

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2019-20 WGCA All-American Teams for NAIA Women’s Collegiate Golf.

     

    WGCA NAIA All-American Teams

    First Team

    Alessia Cristina Avanzo, SCAD Savannah

    Kate Johnston, University of British Columbia

    Nicole Jung, Taylor University

    Papatsara Niamrungrueang, William Carey University

    Maddie Thomas, Taylor University

    Michela Tjan, Keiser University

    Emma-Lee Torstensson, Keiser University

     

    Second Team

    Ariana Castro, SCAD Savannah

    Serra Evrengil, Keiser University

    Megan Kelly, Keiser University

    Maria Paula Otero, SCAD Savannah

    Isabel Rijos, Dalton State College

    Paula Sofia Suarez, SCAD Savannah

    Jessica Williams , Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

     

    Honorable Mention Team

    Deeya Aggarwal                , Keiser University

    Hailey Derrickson, Rocky Mountain College

    Melissa Eldredge, Oklahoma City University

    Natalie Gough, Oklahoma City University

    Sukriti Harjai, University of Victoria

    Esther Lee, University of British Columbia

    Shania Remandaban, University of British Columbia

     

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

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

     

  • WGCA Announces 2019-20 Division III WGCA All-American Teams

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2019-20 WGCA All-American Teams for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    WGCA Division III All-American Teams

    First Team

    Alyssa Akiyama, Carleton College

    Samantha Haubenstock, Washington University in St. Louis

    Hannah Jugar, University of Redlands

    Grace Lu, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

    Annie Mascot, Washington University in St. Louis

    Bailey Plourde, Centre College

    Alexis Sudjianto, Carnegie Mellon University

     

    Second Team

    Danielle Bambola, SUNY Cortland

    Taylor Beckwith, Whittier College

    Jillian Drinkard, Methodist University

    Kayle Hunn, George Fox University

    Nina Kouchi, Grinnell College

    Kristin Miyagi, Carleton College

    Charlotte Simpson, Carnegie Mellon University

    Bree Wilson, Rhodes College

     

    Honorable Mention Team

    Emily Attiyeh, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

    Rachel Drgastin, George Fox University

    Sarah Hsu, Oglethorpe University

    Megan Kanaby, Washington and Lee University

    Hunter Kehoe, Saint Mary's College (IN)

    Emma Phillips, Birmingham Southern College

    Nadia Susanto, Carnegie Mellon University

  • WGCA Announces 2019-20 Division I WGCA All-American Teams

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2019-20 WGCA All-American Teams for Division I Women’s Collegiate Golf. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    WGCA Division I All-American Teams

    First Team

    Ana Belac, Senior, Duke University

    Linn Grant, Freshman, Arizona State University

    Vivian Hou, Freshman, University of Arizona

    Rachel Kuehn, Freshman, Wake Forest University

    Ingrid Lindblad, Freshman, Louisiana State University

    Emilia Migliaccio, Junior, Wake Forest University

    Kaitlyn Papp, Junior, University of Texas

    Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, Freshman, University of South Carolina

    Emma Spitz, Freshman, University of California, Los Angeles

    Natalie Srinivasan, Senior, Furman University

    Kaleigh Telfer, Junior, Auburn University

     

    Second Team

    Allisen Corpuz, Senior, University of Southern California

    Sofia Garcia, Junior, Texas Tech University

    Renate Grimstad, Senior, University of Miami

    Sophie Guo, Freshman, University of Texas

    Yu-Sang Hou, Junior, University of Arizona

    Julia Johnson, Junior, University of Mississippi

    Aline Krauter, Sophomore, Stanford University

    Siyun Liu, Senior, Wake Forest University

    Pimnipa Panthong, Senior, Kent State University

    Kenzie Wright, Senior, University of Alabama

    Angelina Ye, Freshman, Stanford University

     

    Honorable Mention Team

    Alyaa Abdulghany, Junior, University of Southern California

    Jaravee Boonchant, Junior, Duke University

    Ya Chun Chang, Sophomore, University of Arizona

    Elodie Chapelet, Redshirt-Senior, Baylor University

    Alessandra Fanali, Sophomore, Arizona State University

    Isabella Fierro, Freshman, Oklahoma State University

    Amelia Garvey, Junior, University of Southern California

    Allyson Geer-Park, Senior, Michigan State University

    Ashley Gilliam, Freshman, Mississippi State University

    Lauren Hartlage, Senior, University of Louisville

    Momoka Kobori, Senior, Pepperdine University

    Caley McGinty, Freshman, Kent State University

    Olivia Mehaffey, Senior, Arizona State University

    Sofie Nielsen, Freshman, University of Oregon

    Natasha Andrea Oon, Sophomore, San Jose State University

    Emilie Paltrinieri, Freshman, University of California, Los Angeles

    Valery Plata, Sophomore, Michigan State University

    Priscilla Schmid, Junior, Indiana University

    Karoline Stormo, Senior, Kent State University

    Beatrice Wallin, Sophomore, Florida State University

    Lauren Walsh, Freshman, Wake Forest University

    Jennifer Zhou, Sophomore, University of North Carolina

  • WGCA Announces 2019-20 Division II WGCA All-American Teams

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2019-20 WGCA All-American Teams for Division II Women’s Collegiate Golf. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

     

    WGCA Division II All-American Teams

    First Team

    Valentina Albertazzi, Nova Southeastern University

    Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis

    Amanda Gartrell, Florida Southern College

    Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University

    Jaime Jacob, California State University San Marcos

    Helen Kreuzer, Lynn University

    Emily Leung, Simon Fraser University

    Susana Olivares, University of Central Oklahoma

    Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa

    Francesca Santoni, Saint Leo University

    Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M University

    Emma Thorngren, University of Missouri-St. Louis

    Matilda Wahren, Lynn University

     

    Second Team

    Sofia Garcia Austt, Nova Southeastern University

    Katie Chipman, Grand Valley State University

    Cammie Decker, Concordia University-Portland

    Faith DeLaGarza, Dallas Baptist University

    Julia Garcia, Dallas Baptist University

    Alice Gotbring, Barry University

    Cailyn Henderson, University of Indianapolis

    Jacqueline Klemm, Arkansas Tech University

    Synne Lauritzen, Saint Leo University

    Hailey McLaughlin, Wingate University

    Noemie Pare, Barry University

    Loren Perez, Florida Southern College

    Megan Sabol, University of North Georgia

    Meredith Wipper, University of Findlay

     

    Honorable Mention Team

    Hanna Ahlander, Nova Southeastern University

    Evelyn Arguelles, Dallas Baptist University

    Seher Atwal, Rollins College

    Emily Felix, Lee University

    Haverly Harrold, Lee University

    Kristina Kniesly, University of Findlay

    Anna Kramer, University of Indianapolis

    Izzy Lawrence, Saint Leo University

    Savannah Magallon, California State University San Marcos

    Ainee O’Connor, Lenoir Rhyne University

    Warissara Puangcharoen, Wingate University

    Hallie Riley, University of Tampa

    Anahi Servin, Academy of Art University

  • WGCA Announces 2019-20 Division III All-Region Teams

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2019-20 WGCA All-Region Teams for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

    WGCA Division III All-Region Teams
    Region 1/East
    Danielle Bambola, SUNY Cortland
    Holly Davenport, Williams College
    Joanna Kim, Williams College
    Navika Kuchakulla, New York University
    Chloe Levins, Middlebury College
    Ashley Lung, New York University 
    Katie Murphy, Middlebury College
    Malini Rudra, Williams College
    Olivia White, Williams College
    Stella Woo, Williams College
    Catalin Yturralde, Williams College
    Morgan Yurosek, Amherst College

    Region 2/Southeast
    Morgan Bowen, Methodist University
    AJ Chicharro, Rhodes College
    Paige Church, Methodist University
    Jillian Drinkard, Methodist University
    Sarah Hsu, Oglethorpe University
    Hannah Jones, Washington and Lee University
    Megan Kanaby, Washington and Lee University
    Emma Phillips, Birmingham Southern College
    Bailey Plourde, Centre College
    Woo Wade, Rhodes College
    Margaret Wentz, Sewanee: The University of the South
    Bree Wilson, Rhodes College

    Region 3/Central
    Alyssa Akiyama, Carleton College
    Jordan Amelon, St. Catherine University
    Sydney Brown, St. Catherine University
    Erin Ericson, Gustavus Adolphus College
    Samantha Haubenstock, Washington University in St. Louis
    Claudia Kim, University of St. Thomas
    Trystin Kluess, University of Wisconsin-Stout
    Nina Kouchi, Grinnell College
    Annie Mascot, Washington University in St. Louis
    Nicole Miller, Bethel University
    Kristin Miyagi, Carleton College
    Anna Tollefson, Bethel University

    Region 4/Great Lakes
    Nicole Deweyert, Olivet College
    Anna Foley, DePauw University
    Jackie Garcia, Illinois Wesleyan University
    Marin Halvorsen, Wheaton College
    Hunter Kehoe, Saint Mary's College (IN)
    Namuunaa Nadmid, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
    Adrienne Rohwedder, Carthage College
    Charlotte Simpson- Carnegie Mellon University
    Alexis Sudjianto – Carnegie Mellon University
    Nadia Susanto- Carnegie Mellon University
    Emmy Timberlake, Denison University
    Melanie Wolf, Illinois Wesleyan University

    Region 5/West
    Karen Alvarez, University of Texas at Dallas
    Emily Attiyeh, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
    Taylor Beckwith, Whittier College
    Andi Chaloult, Pomona-Pitzer
    Rachel Drgastin, George Fox University
    Abby Euyang, Pomona-Pitzer
    Madison Goldberg, Southwestern University
    Annie Hay, University of Redlands
    Kayle Hunn, George Fox University
    Hannah Jugar, University of Redlands
    Grace Lu, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
    Summer Swift, Texas Lutheran University

  • WGCA Announces 2019-20 Division II All-Region Teams

    CORAL SPRINGS, Florida (April 20, 2020) – The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced the 2019-20 WGCA All-Region Teams for Division II Women’s Collegiate Golf. For further information regarding these awards including selection criteria, please visit www.wgcagolf.com.

    WGCA Division II All-Region Teams
    Central Region
    Mariana Flores, Rogers State University
    Allycia Gan, Missouri Western State University
    Hannah Hankinson, Augustana University (South Dakota)
    Aitana Hernandez, Northeastern State University
    Rosie Klausner, University of Central Missouri
    Jacqueline Klemm, Arkansas Tech University
    Taylor Loeb, Henderson State University
    Susana Olivares, University of Central Oklahoma
    Olivia Sobaski, University of Central Missouri
    Alex Stone, Augustana University (South Dakota)

    South Region
    Hanna Ahlander, Nova Southeastern University
    Valentina Albertazzi, Nova Southeastern University
    Sofia Garcia Austt, Nova Southeastern University
    Amanda Gartrell, Florida Southern College
    Alice Gotbring, Barry University
    Helen Kreuzer, Lynn University
    Synne Lauritzen, Saint Leo University
    Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa
    Francesca Santoni, Saint Leo University
    Matilda Wahren, Lynn University

    West Region
    Kiersten Bryant, St. Edward’s University
    Faith DeLaGarza, Dallas Baptist University
    Julia Garcia, Dallas Baptist University
    Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University
    Breann Horn, California State University San Marcos
    Jaime Jacob, California State University San Marcos
    Emily Leung, Simon Fraser University
    Savannah Magallon, California State University San Marcos
    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
    Josefina Haupt, Lindenwood University
    Cailyn Henderson, University of Indianapolis
    Kristina Kniesly, University of Findlay
    Anna Kramer, University of Indianapolis
    McKenna Montgomery, Lindenwood University
    Jill Schmitmeyer, University of Findlay
    Emma Thorngren, University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Meredith Wipper, University of Findlay 


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

  • 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 2020 spring season.

    University of Texas opens the spring season at the No. 1 spot, receiving 15 first-place votes, while University of Southern California received three first-place votes to finish at No. 2. Arizona State University and Duke University come in at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while Kent State University rounds out the top-five.

    In Division II, Nova Southeastern University claims the No. 1 spot with six first-place votes, while University of Indianapolis trails by just two points to rank No. 2 with three first-place votes. Dallas Baptist University sits at No. 3, while Rollins College and University of Tampa rank No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

     

    Carnegie Melon University received all but two first-place votes to begin the spring at No. 1, while Washington University in St. Louis ranks No. 2 with one first-place vote. Methodist University comes in at No. 3, followed by New York University at No. 4 and Williams College at No. 5. 

  • WGCA Announces Creation of The Juli Inkster Senior Award

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • Judi Pavon Named Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

                           

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

                           

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • WGCA to Host Mentoring Roundtable at WGCA Member Convention

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

  • WGCA Coaches Poll Rankings Announced

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • WGCA Coaches Poll Preseason Rankings

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

     

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

     

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

     

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