The National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) announced the 2009-10 All-Scholar Team GPA Award rankings Monday, July 19. The Gustavus Adolphus Women’s Golf Team placed third with a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.714. This marks the second straight year the Gusties have ranked in the top 25 and the first time the Gusties have placed in the top five in team GPA. The All-Scholar Team GPA Award, given annually, is presented to the collegiate women’s golf team with the highest average GPA. Teams across the nation associated with NCAA Division I, II, and III are eligible for this award. The University of Indianapolis was awarded the 2009-10 honor with an average GPA of 3.752.
The Gusties average GPA was coupled with an outstanding season on the course. With a 317.9 stroke average, the Gustavus women never finished lower than fourth, winning seven events including the MIAC Championship. The season also included a second place finish at the NCAA Championships, the fourth top three finish in the past five years.
Seventy-two golfers from 45 institutions were honored as individual All-American Scholars. With four individual recipients, Gustavus tied for the most individual All-American Scholars by one team for the 2009-10 season. Illinois Wesleyan University and Wartburg College were the other two division III institutions that had four All-American Scholars.
Junior Katie Schenfeld (Indianola, Iowa), a health fitness and business management double major, maintained a 3.775 GPA while playing the #1 position for the Gusties. With a stroke average of 78.2, Schenfeld claimed nine top-ten finishes in ten tournaments, including eight top-five finishes, and placed first in five events. Two of her outstanding performances included a first place finish at the MIAC Championships and a fifth place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Taylor Drenttel (Eagan, Minn.), a double major in psychology and management, attained a GPA of 3.921 and the #2 position on the women’s golf team. In her second year, Drenttel had a 79.6 stroke average, bringing her seven top-ten finishes in ten tournaments. Five of these top-ten finishes were in the top five and two were first place finishes.
Sophomore Ann Jackson (Fargo, North Dakota/Shanley), double majoring in management and political science, achieved a GPA of 3.902 and played the #4 position for the Gustie women. An 81.3 stroke average helped Jackson crack the top ten five times, including two sixth place finishes at the MIAC Championships and the Carleton Invitational.
Sophomore Amanda Woodhull (Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins), a nursing major, maintained a 3.774 GPA and played the #5 position for Gustavus. Woodhull played in six events including an eighth place finish at the Georgianni Invitational. The Minnetonka native also posted an 83.7 season stroke average.