WGCA names five Catamounts, including Thompson, as All-American ScholarFormer PHS star played in eight events in her first college season
CULLOWHEE — Five Western Carolina women’s golfers were named All-American Scholars as the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) announced its teams last week. Sophomores Taylor Allison and Mariah Hopkins, as well as freshmen Bethany Galloway, Olivia Landino and Ashley Thompson, a former Pisgah standout, were among those honored by the WGCA.
It is the 14th-consecutive year that Western Carolina has put golfers among the annual honorees and the 12th-consecutive year of multiple selections. The five selections match the most by the Catamount program, equaling the five recipients following play in 2011-12.
All five of WCU’s honorees were named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll with both Allison and Hopkins selected to the 2014 SoCon Spring Academic All-Conference team.
Thompson played in eight events in her freshman season — four as an individual and four as a part of the scoring five. She recorded a career-best finish of 26th twice in 2013-14.
Combined, 12 women’s golfers from the SoCon were honored, led by the five from Western Carolina. Elon had three on the list with both Furman and Wofford putting two apiece on the honorary squad. SoCon-newcomer, Mercer, had one women’s golfer recognized.
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 664 women’s collegiate golfers were recognized in 2014 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.