Cullowhee, N.C. - Three Western Carolina women's golfers landed on the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars list announced on Monday. Junior Mariah Hopkins and sophomores Bethany Galloway and Olivia Landino were among those honored by the WGCA.
It is the 15th-straight year that WCU has put golfers among the annual honorees -- and the 13th-straight season of the Catamounts earning multiple selections.
All three of WCU's 2015 honorees were named to both the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll and 2014 Spring Academic All-SoCon team. It is also the second WGCA All-American Scholar recognition for each of WCU's honorees.
Landino finished second on the Catamount squad in scoring in 2014-15, averaging 76.25 strokes through 28 seasonal rounds -- a mark that ranked her 15th in the SoCon. She paced WCU in scoring in three events including a career-best runner-up finish at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate, guiding the Catamounts to the team championship in September, 2014. The Hermitage, Pa., product ranks just outside of WCU's top 10 in career scoring average after two seasons. Landino boasts a 3.79 cumulative grade point average while majoring in Health & Physical Education.
Hopkins ranked third on the WCU squad in stroke average in 2014-15, averaging 77.67 through 27 rounds despite battling injury at the end of the fall semester. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Hopkins led the Catamounts at the UCF Challenge, while also posting her season-best finish at the home Great Smokies Intercollegiate, finishing tied for third. Majoring in Finance, Hopkins has a 3.60 cumulative GPA.
Rounding out WCU's trio of honorees was Bethany Galloway who averaged 78.17 scoring through 24 seasonal rounds a year ago. The Charlotte, N.C., native finished the season strong with her career-best finish with a 10th-place tie at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate and her career-low 54-hole tournament score (75-79-73=227) at the SoCon Championship. Galloway is a Communication major with a 3.68 GPA.
A total of 14 golfers from six schools in the Southern Conference placed women's golfers on the honorary list including three each from WCU, Chattanooga and Wofford. Mercer and Furman both placed two golfers on the list with UNCG tallying one selection.
The criteria for selection to the WGCA All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) is set at 3.50. All told, a total of 758 women's collegiate golfers were recognized in 2014-15 with the prestigious honor.
The Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), formerly known as the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), began in 1983 as an organization to promote participation in women's collegiate golf. The vision of the WGCA since its inception has been to encourage the playing of intercollegiate 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 the finest coaches in women's golf with a membership of over 550 coaches of Division I, II& III, NAIA and NJCAA collegiate programs.
Western Carolina's All-Time WCGA All-American Scholars
2000-01 -- Shelley Glenister
2001-02 -- Brooke Stillman
2002-03 -- Line Cordes, Ashley Hovda, Johanna Lundberg, Brandy Andersen
2003-04 -- Brandy Andersen, Erika Danford, Ashley Hovda, Bianca Melone
2004-05 -- Brandy Andersen, Bianca Melone
2005-06 -- Brandy Andersen, Erika Danford, Malin Fryk, Bianca Melone
2006-07 -- Bianca Melone, Malin Fryk, Elin Mickelsson
2007-08 -- Katja Dammann, Elin Mickelsson
2008-09 -- Elin Mickelsson, Rachel Nelson
2009-10 -- Malin Jansson, Blaire Minter, Rachel Nelson
2010-11 -- Malin Jansson, Blaire Minter, Rachel Nelson
2011-12 -- Christina Amoriello, Katie Kile, Maria Kjelldorff, Blaire Minter, Rachel Nelson
2012-13 -- Taylor Allison, Maria Kjelldorff
2013-14 -- Taylor Allison, Bethany Galloway, Mariah Hopkins, Olivia Landino, Ashley Thompson
2014-15 -- Bethany Galloway, Mariah Hopkins, Olivia Landino