July 24, 2008
SAN BRUNO, Calif., -- The West Coast Conference is pleased to announce that nine women golfers have been named to the annual National Golf Coaches Association's (NGCA) All-America Scholar Team.
The NGCA announced a total of 406 women's collegiate golfers recognized with the prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-America Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA must be 3.50 over the course of the whole career and the student-athlete must have competed in at least 50%, for Division I and 66%. for Division II & III, of the college's regularly scheduled competitive rounds for that year.
For Gonzaga, senior golfers Sarah Sheffield and Lacey Jo Manwaring received the award. Sheffield, who is originally from Kea'au, Hawaii, graduated with a 3.79 GPA majoring in English, while Manwaring had a 3.53 GPA majoring in business. In addition to receiving this year's award, both have also been named to the WCC All-Academic Teams for the past three years, exemplifying a long term commitment to academics.
For San Francisco, seniors Chaneng Joe and Jessica Potter received the award. Joe finished her collegiate career with a 3.64 GPA while majoring in Marketing. The award, the first for Joe, caps off her best season as a Don as she was also nominated to the WCC All-Academic team and was an All-WCC Honorable Mention. Potter meanwhile receives the award for the third time in her career. She finished with a 3.79 GPA while majoring in Exercise and Sport Science. Potter ends her playing days with one of the most storied careers in Dons history. Not only was she a three-time ALL-WCC First Team member, she was also a three-time member of the ALL-WCC Academic Team, won the 2006 Royale Cup National Canadian Women's Amateur crown and posted 12 collegiate top-five finishes.
For Santa Clara, seniors Jenny Nelson and Hilaire Fouts, sophomores Erin Sullivan and Jaime Nonaka, and freshman Miki Ueoka received the award. In addition to these five student-athletes, Santa Clara has placed 14 women to the NGCA Scholar-Athlete Team over the past three years. The team may also qualify for the NGCA's team academic award as the Bronco's posted a team GPA of 3.66. Last year they were ranked ninth on the list.
"To have over half of our team be awarded this prestigious honor is of great pride to us. For a small team like ours with a roster of 8-9 women to have placed 14 on the list in the last three years - it is quite an accomplishment," said Bronco head coach Polly Schulze. "I am so proud of my players for being so committed and so dedicated to their academics while at the same time putting in so much time and effort to golf. It says a lot about their character and the pride they glean from being named All-Scholar Student Athletes."
Once again the West Coast Conference would like to congratulate these student-athletes for their dedication both on and off the field.