CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina had three women’s golfers selected to the 2015-16 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar team as the association released its honors this week. Catamount senior Mariah Hopkins and junior Bethany Galloway were both honored for the third-time and freshman Maddi Caldwell was recognized in her first year of eligibility.
Galloway and Hopkins were both also named to the 2015-16 Spring Academic All-Southern Conference team. All three were named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll this spring with Galloway collecting SoCon Commissioner’s Medal honors with a cumulative GPA of 3.80 while majoring in Communications.
All told, it is the 16th-straight year that Western Carolina has put golfers among the annual honorees – and the 14th-straight season of the Catamounts earning multiple selections. The criteria for selection to the WGCA All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics with a minimum cumulative GPA requirement of a 3.50.
Overall, 828 women’s collegiate golfers were recognized with the prestigious All-American Scholar honor including a combined 20 from the Southern Conference. Chattanooga, Wofford, and UNCG led the SoCon with four selections apiece, with Mercer garnering three like WCU and Furman scoring a pair of honorees.
Hopkins ranked second on the Catamount squad this season with a scoring average of 77.12 through nine events and 25 total rounds. Her best individual finish came in a career-best tying third-place showing in the tri-match held at The Cliffs. The Greensboro, N.C., native also tallied a top-10 showing at Campbell’s Fighting Camel Classic.
Galloway posted a seasonal scoring average of 78.54 that included shooting her career-low round of 71 at the Pinehurst Challenge in the fall portion of the schedule, finishing with her career-best 54-hole score of 220. From Charlotte, N.C., Galloway also had her career-best individual finish at The Cliffs Tri-Match.
In her rookie season, freshman Maddi Caldwell finished third on the Catamount squad with a scoring average of 77.32. She closed the year with three, top -15 finishes among her final four tournaments including taking medalist honors at The Cliffs Tri-Match. She followed it up with a top-10 finish in a tie for ninth at the John Kirk / Panther Intercollegiate, collecting Southern Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week plaudits for her exploits.
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. 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 nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
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
2015-16 – Maddi Caldwell, Bethany Galloway, Mariah Hopkins