Three Eastern Kentucky University student-athletes were chosen as Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars, the organization announced on Tuesday.

The three Colonels were senior Emilie Simmons, sophomore Amanda Lindahl, and freshman Hannabeth Owens.

“I am very proud of these three players and their academic achievements, and thankful that they go to the classroom with the same energy and passion that they come to the golf course with,” Head Coach Mike Whitson said. “We will miss Emilie and her leadership this year. Her academic accomplishments over her four years were remarkable. Amanda continues to succeed in the classroom and works very hard in her studies. Also, Hannabeth started her career with a tremendous year academically. I am looking forward to August and starting the season both on the course and in the classroom.”

A total of 952 women’s collegiate golfers from across NCAA Division I, II and III were recognized with the prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA for selection is 3.50.

This past season, Eastern Kentucky concluded the year ranked 96th in the nation in the final Golfstat Rankings. The Colonels finished the season rated higher than such teams as Virginia Tech (98), Kansas (99), Indiana (107), Cincinnati (114), South Florida (115), Nebraska (118), Long Beach State (129), Western Kentucky (131) and Jacksonville State (157).

Under the guidance of head coach Mike Whitson, the 2016-17 Colonels won a program record five tournaments. EKU just missed its third straight Ohio Valley Conference Championship, but finished in the top-2 for the fifth straight year. Eastern has won three of the last five the OVC titles (2013, 2015 and 2016).

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Kevin Britton
Assistant Athletics Director for Communications & Branding