Monday, 09 July 2018 08:45

Three Lenoir-Rhyne Sophomores Earn Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars

Ainee O'Connor claimed an individual win in the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge in March Ainee O'Connor claimed an individual win in the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge in March Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team, Ainee O'Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM), Laura Morrison (Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM) and Jordan Young (Winston Salem, N.C.), were named 2017-18 WGCA All-American Scholars.

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has a criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team that are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

O'Connor, a junior All-South Atlantic Conference Second-Team member, led the squad to four tournament victories during the season including the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge (March 19-20 in Monroe, N.C.), a tournament where she rallied to claim the individual title. She is a double major in German and Economics.

Morrison, a sophomore management major, was a top-level performer for the Bears all season. She finished the year with four top-15 and two top-10 finishes, including a top 15-finish at the SAC Championship April 15 to April 17.

Young, a junior middle grades education major that managed to be a main-stay in the Bears’ lineup and provided consistent play, finishing in the top-50 of the field on three separate occasions.

The trio ended up being key cogs in the success of 2017-18, leading the Bears to four tournament team victories, a top-3 finish in the SAC tournament and a berth into the NCAA South Super Regional Championship in Germantown, Tenn. This was the first postseason berth for the program in 15 years.

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 over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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