The Cleveland State and Detroit women's golf teams were both honored by the Women's Golf Coaches Association on Thursday as the two teams finished the 2014-15 season with team GPAs that ranked in the top-25.
CSU posted a grade point average of 3.708 to rank 13th in the nation among Division I, II, III schools, as well as NAIA and JUCO programs. The Vikings had the highest GPA among women's golf programs in the Horizon League, the second highest among schools in Ohio and the ninth best among Division I programs.
Earlier this month, three Vikings - Hannah Bennie, Sophie Kelner and Colleen Miller - were named to the WGCA All-American Scholar Team.
The women's golf squad claimed the "Best of the Best" Team Award at the John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon in April for having the highest cumulative GPA among the 16 sports at CSU.
Detroit recorded a team GPA of 3.684, which ranked 16th in the nation among NCAA Division I, II, III as well as NAIA and JUCO schools. Detroit posted the highest GPA among programs in the state of Michigan as well as the 11th highest in NCAA Division I.
"I am so proud of the team and all the hard work they put in as a student-athlete," said head coach Terri Anthony-Ryan. "It is not easy to play at a high level, compete for a championship, and still continue to make sure that school is the most important priority that they need to focus on."
It is the third-straight year that the red, white and blue has earned a place among the top 25 as Detroit was 20th in 2013 with a 3.617 and third last year tallying a 3.838.
The women's golf team – winners of three of the last six Horizon League Championships with a pair of runner-up efforts also in that span - has taken home the Team Excellence Awards for having the highest cumulative team GPA at the University in four of the last six years (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014). In addition to winning the UDM Team Excellence Award, the women's golf team has also been recognized with the Horizon League "Raise Your Sights" award in four of the last six seasons, which recognizes the highest men's and women's team GPAs for Horizon League sponsored sports.
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 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.