Hopkins, Galloway and Caldwell each recognized by coaches’ association
Maria Kjelldorff, Taylor Allison honored by coaches' association
Catamounts Put 25 on Spring SoCon Academic All-Conference
Fifteen student-athletes graduated with honors as 41 walked across the stage to earn their degrees from Western Carolina.
Blaire Minter finished tied for 10th, Rachel Nelson tied for 12th to lead Catamounts
Catamount Club Student-AthleteHighlights Video
2011-12 (Senior): Played in nine of the 10 events of the season for the Catamounts, finishing third on the squad with a 77.76 seasonal scoring average, a mark which ranked her 23rd in the Southern Conference ... Her stroke average ranked 26th on WCU's single-season ledger ... Recorded her career-low, 36-hole scoring tournament in the season-opening Great Smokies Intercollegiate (Fall, 2011) shooting 149 with rounds of 74 and 75 ... Posted her career-best finish of eighth-place at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate (Spring, 2012), averaging 76.50 strokes per round in tallying her first career top 10 finish ... Finished tied for 12th at the Southern Conference Championship, representing her best finish at the annual tournament.
2010-11 (Junior): Competed in all 10 events on the year with a seasonal stroke average of 78.11, which ranked 28th on WCU's single-season stroke average ledger ... Led the squad at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, finishing tied for 22nd ... Carded a career-low round of 70 at the Palmetto Intercollegiate ... Posted two finishes inside the top 20 individually including a career-best tie for 13th at the Kiawah Island Classic in the first event of the spring season ... Teamed with Greg Bunner to win her match to help WCU defeat arch-rival Appalachian State in the University Cup, carding an event low tying round of 72 during individual play ... Finished tied for 39th at the 2011 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship.
2009-10 (Sophomore): Played in four events, completing 11 rounds ... Posted a stroke average of 81.82 for the season ... Carded two 77's as a part of a three-round average of 80.00 at the Kiawah Island Classic ... Turned in a seasonal-best finish of 40th at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate.
2008-09 (Freshman): Played in all 10 events and 26 rounds ... Ranked fourth on the team with a stroke average of 79.96 ... Posted her career-best finish, tied for 19th, at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, an event co-hosted by WCU and Appalachian State ... Carded her carer-low round of 73 in the opening round of the Great Smokies Intercollegiate ... Finished tied for 31st at the 2009 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship.
Prior to Western: Was named both the Cincinnati Player of the Year and Greater Miami Conference (GMC) Player of the Year in 2007, and is also a four-time First Team All-GMC Conference selection ... In 2007, she was named to the All-Ohio State Team for the second time in her career ... Continues to hold every scoring record at Lakota West High, including a score of 67 (-5) shot at the 2007 GMC Championship ... Like her classmates signed for 2008, academically she is also very strong as she has been selected to the GMC All-Academic Team for four consecutive years and posted a 3.95 GPA.
Personal: Is the daughter of Dayna and Tim Nelson.