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Women's Golf No. 1 in Academics, Again

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida (July 18, 2012) – Lee University Women’s Golf Team has been honored as the recipient of the 2011-2012 NGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award. Lee also received this special recognition in 2010-11. 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 11-12 season.

Lee’s six team members had an average GPA of 3.965. In only its fourth full season of collegiate competition, the squad of composed of Madison Alexander, Geandra Almeida, Kristin Bourg, Chelsea Rakestraw, Courtney Shelton and Sloane Skinner.
 
The 2011-12 Lady Flames won 8-of-10 tournaments, including the Southern States Athletic Conference crown. They were ranked as high as No. 2 in the NAIA coaches’ poll and No. 8 in the postseason poll.

"We are honored to win this award for the second straight year,” said head coach John Maupin. “This team takes their academics very seriously, so this award means a lot to us. The ladies deserve so much credit for being dedicated to their school work, and battling through all the challenges that come with being a student-athlete.”

Maupin went on to praise the Lee professors. “I think it is also a credit to the professors of our institution. They play a major role in helping our team be successful in the classroom. When you look at the other schools on that list you can see why it is such an amazing accomplishment, as there are some excellent schools listed.”

“To win this award two years in a row is an amazing accomplishment,” Maupin added. “You look at the overall GPA of 3.96; you just don't see that for an entire team’s GPA. It is a total team effort, and our girls did a great job.”

Larry Carpenter, director of Lee athletics, called the overall accomplishments of the women’s golf team “outstanding. I am so proud of the job that coach Maupin and the teams have done the past two years. To win this prestigious award while finishing 10th and 11th at the national tournament is amazing. It shows the dedication they have to being successful and that they have their priorities in order.”
 
A couple of our biggest selling points to recruits are our professors and academic reputation and this is a great example of that,” Carpenter noted. “It doesn’t get much better than to have one of your teams win an academic award, beating out a couple of Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Brown.”

The NGCA also announced the 25 teams with the highest Team GPA. They are as follows:
 
Place      School                                                
 
1st           Lee University  (3.965)
2nd          Merrimack College  (3.787)
3rd          Otterbein University  (3.786)
4th           University of Akron  (3.766)
5th           University of New Mexico (3.735)
6th           University of Central Oklahoma  (3.734)
7th           Drury University (3.717)
8th           University of Memphis (3.711)
9th           Western Carolina University (3.708)
T 10th      Angelo State University  (3.707)
T 10th      Lynn University  (3.707)
12th         Xavier University (3.704)
13th         Hope College  (3.692)
14th         Harvard University (3.690)
15th         Texas Tech University  (3.680)
16th         Bradley University  (3.664)
17th         Barry University (3.663)
18th         Tusculum College (3.644)
19th         University of Missouri-Kansas City  (3.630)
20th         Rollins College  (3.628)
21st         University of Tennessee Chattanooga  (3.621)
22nd        Coastal Carolina University  (3.617)
23rd         University of Notre Dame  (3.611)
24th         West Texas A&M University  (3.606)
25th         Brown University  (3.605)

About the National Golf Coaches Association
 
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA 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 NGCA represents over 550 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
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