CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - For the second straight season, Coastal Carolina University's women's golf team finished inside the top 25 in the nation in team GPA, posting a 3.630 GPA during the 2012-13 season to finish 17th in the nation, the Women's Golf Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.
Lee University captured its third-straight WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award thanks to a 3.955 GPA. The list includes teams from all four divisions of golf (I, II, III, NAIA).
Coastal, who ranked 22nd last season, was the only Big South Conference program and the only institution in South Carolina recognized in the top 25. The honor marks the third time the Chanticleer program has been recognized with the prestigious honor. Coastal also earned the award for the 2004-05 and 2011-12 season.
"This is a tremendous honor for our team," said head coach Katie Quinney. "Our players have worked hard all year long on and off the golf course. To be able to compete at a high level and to be great students is a point of pride for our program."
Earlier this month, the Chanticleers had a school-record five student-athletes named WGCA All-American Scholars. Coastal was led by four-time honoree and 2013 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Brittany Henderson along with four-time honoree Jessica Alexander. Frida Castillo, Lena Schaeffner and Marissa Hinchman earned All-American Scholar honors for the first time. Each earned a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better to qualify for the award.
The WGCA, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches at the Division I, II and III levels. 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 more than 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.