NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s golf team had three student-athletes named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) for the 2018-19 season, announced by the organization on Monday.
Senior Lauryn Davidson and freshmen Emily Keeling and Sarah Hinton are among 1,097 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 quite an accomplishment to have three of our girls awarded,” Lipscomb head coach Jesse Lawley said. “It shows how dedicated they are to their academic studies as well as golf.
“I could not be more proud of their hard work on and off the golf course. Hopefully this sets the tone for the years to come and how high our academic and athletic standards are in our golf program at Lipscomb."
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.
Davidson, a Spanish and Teaching double major from Vienna, West Virginia, landed on the list with a 4.00 GPA for the second consecutive year. She became the first Lipscomb women’s golfer in program history to ever earn ASUN All-Academic recognition in her junior campaign.
She finished third on the team with 27 birdies this season.
A native of Farragut, Tennessee, Keeling posted a 3.79 GPA in her first year in Nashville. The freshman finished second on the team with 38 birdies and third with a scoring average of 80.0 on the year. Her birdie total was tied for the fifth most in a single season in program history.
Keeling also finished second on the team in par 3 scoring (3.36) and par 5 scoring (5.34).
Hinton (3.76 GPA) had arguably one of the best freshman campaigns in Lipscomb women’s golf history. She led the team in par 3 scoring (3.35), par 4 scoring (4.42) and par 5 scoring (5.28).
The Elizabethtown, Kentucky product was second on the squad with a 78.5 scoring average, while her 46 birdies paced the team – just one off the most all-time in a single season. She also recorded four of the team’s six lowest 36-hole totals (144, 147, 147, 149) this season.
The trio competed in 28 rounds for the Lady Bisons in 2018-19 - the most rounds ever played in a single season in program history.
In total, the Lady Bisons had five players that finished with a 3.7 GPA or higher in 2018-19.
The women’s golf program was also honored in May for its 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 2018-19 academic year.