NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s golf team had three student-athletes named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association for the 2017-18 season, announced by the organization this week.
Seniors Charley Benefield and Jenny Muesing, along with junior Lauryn Davidson are among 1,011 collegiate golfers recognized across all divisions. It marks the first time the Lady Bisons have ever had anyone honored as a WGCA All-American Scholar.
“This is a big deal for our program,” Lipscomb head coach Jesse Lawley said. “This is great exposure and it shows how hard my kids are working not only on the links, but also in the classroom. That is what it’s going to take for us to help build this program to where want it to be. I could not be more proud of these girls.”
The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics as the minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.
An Interdisciplinary Teaching major from Dublin, Ohio, Benefield graduated with a 3.95 cumulative GPA. She has accepted a Kindergarten teaching position in the greater Nashville area.
A native of Baxter, Minnesota, Muesing earned her degree in Biology while carrying a 3.50 GPA. She plans to continue her education in Lipscomb’s inaugural class in Physician Assistant School.
Davidson, a Spanish and Teaching double major from Vienna, West Virginia, landed on the list with a 4.00 GPA. She became the first Lipscomb women’s golfer in program history to ever earn ASUN All-Academic recognition when the league announced its postseason awards in May.
She led the team with a 79.3 scoring average and recorded 38 birdies this spring – the fourth most in program history.
The 2017-18 team academic awards will be announced later this month.
The women’s golf program was also honored in May for their exemplary academics where they were among the top 10 percent of academic performing teams across the country in the multi-year Academic Process Rate (APR) for the 2017-18 academic year.