May 30, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio's Megan Weaver and Meryl Weaver were named to the 2012 Women's Golf Academic All-MAC Team, the Mid-American Conference announced Wednesday. Also recognized were Kara Brinkmann, Kristen Helmsdoerfer and Sarah Tranelli, who each earned Honorable Mention nods.
Megan Weaver, boasting an impressive 3.95 grade-point average and majoring in Math Prep for Actuarial Sciences, excelled not only in academics but on the golf course as well. She had a terrific senior season, shooting an average of 78.2 through 20 rounds during the spring 2012 season. She has finished within the top 20 of four separate tournaments, with her second-place finish (in a field of 75) at the 2012 Dolores A. Black Falcon Invitational representing the best of her season. Weaver scored her lowest round of the season, a 73, in the first round at the Falcon Invitational. This season, Weaver was also named 2012 Mid-American Conference Golf Sportswoman of the Year at the 2012 MAC Championships and once was named MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week.
Meryl Weaver (Canton, Ohio) also had a stellar year both in academics and athletics. She posted an impressive 3.88 GPA majoring in Integrated Mathematics and proved to be a consistent player for the Bobcats, playing in six of the team's seven tournaments. Weaver averaged a score of 83.1 per round in the 16 rounds she played throughout the season, ranking fourth on the team. The senior earned her best finish of the season at the Claud Jacobs Challenge, tying for 19th place in a field of 90 golfers. She also shot her best score of the year at this tournament, carding a 236 to finish 26 strokes over par.
In addition to Megan and Meryl's All-MAC Team honors, teammates Kara Brinkmann, Kristen Helmsdoerfer and Sarah Tranelli earned Academic All-MAC Honorable Mentions.
Brinkmann (Middletown, Ohio), posting a 3.69 GPA in Marketing and Management Information Systems, has become one of Ohio's most dependable golfers. The sophomore played seven events and 20 rounds during the 2012 spring season, averaging 80.3 strokes per 18 holes. Brinkmann finished within the top 50 of the field on five occasions and in three of the last four tournaments she finished within the top 20. The Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonel Classic was the best finish (T-7th) of her season and career.
Helmsdoerfer (Westerville, Ohio) averaged a score of 81.3 per round in the six competitions and 17 rounds she played during the spring season. The sophomore finished within the top half of the field at two of the six tournaments and earned her best finish at the EKU Lady Colonel Classic, tying for 22nd in the field of 75 golfers. She shot her best score of the season at the MSU Ocala Spring Collegiate Invitational, shooting a +19 score of 235 at the tournament to finish in 29th place. Helmsdoerfer has expertly juggled the responsibilities of being a student-athlete, as she has maintained a 3.90 GPA throughout golf season while majoring in English and simultaneously carrying four minors.
Tranelli (Penfield, N.Y.) averaged a score of 84.3 per 18 holes in the five tournaments and 14 rounds she played in during the 2012 spring season. The junior shot her best score of the spring at the EKU Lady Colonel Classic, going 26 over par to earn a tie for 42nd, which was also her best finish of the spring. Tranelli posted an impressive 3.87 GPA throughout the academic year while majoring in Journalism with a specialization in Broadcast News.
2012 Women's Golf Academic All-MAC Team (Ten Members)
Katie Windlan, Ball State
Meredith Fairbairn, Eastern Michigan
Sarah Johnson, Eastern Michigan
Mercedes Germino, Kent State
Allie Parthie, Northern Illinois
Kelsie Passolt, Northern Illinois
Megan Weaver, Ohio
Meryl Weaver, Ohio
Leah Grawburg, Western Michigan
Kaylee Imel, Western Michigan