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Four Ohio Women's Golfers Named WGCA All-American Scholars

Senior Kristen Helmsdoerfer earned Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar honors for a third straight season.

July 2, 2014

2013-14 WGCA All-American Scholars

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Seniors Kara Brinkmann (Middletown, Ohio) and Kristen Helmsdoerfer (Westerville, Ohio) and junior Julie Lechner (Powell, Ohio) and sophomore Lauren McKinzie (Medina, Ohio) of the Ohio University women's golf program have been named 2013-14 Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars, as announced by the organization on Wednesday (July 2).

The Bobcats have produced no less than four WGCA All-American Scholars each year under sixth-year head coach Kelly Ovington, with Brinkmann earning honors for a fourth straight year, Helmsdoerfer and Lechner for a third straight year and McKinzie for a second straight year.

Helmsdoerfer and Lechner each earned Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors for the second year in a row while Brinkmann received Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention for the third straight season in June.

A double major in management information systems and marketing carrying a 3.753 grade point average, Brinkmann participated in all 11 events for Ohio in 2013-14, totaling 30 rounds and posting an 80.78 stroke average per 18 holes. She fired a season-best 73 in third-round play at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational (March 7-9) and clubbed a season-best 232 (+19) 54-hole score to seize 23rd place.

A double major in English and Spanish carrying a 3.881 grade point average, Helmsdoerfer played in 10 events, totaling 27 rounds. She averaged 79.67 strokes per round, making her one of three Bobcats to post an 18-hole average under 80. Helmsdoerfer shot below an 80 in seven of her eight rounds in the fall and clubbed a career-best 73 in third-round play at the Morehead State University Ocala Spring Collegiate Invitational (March 23-25) at Juliette Falls Golf Resort in Ocala, Fla. She carded a career-best 230 (+14) 54-hole total at the Nittany Lion Invitational (Sept. 27-29) to garner 31st place at the Penn State Blue Course in University Park, Pa. Helmsdoerfer was named Ohio's 2014 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the annual Catspy Awards and earned a spot on the 2014 spring Dean's List.

A sport management major carrying a 3.989 grade point average, Lechner competed in all 11 events, totaling 30 rounds. She averaged 81.07 strokes per round and shot an 80-or-below in 15 of her 27 rounds. Lechner clubbed a season-best 75 in first-round play and fired a season-best 233 (+17) 54-hole total at the Redbird Invitational (Sept. 8-9) at the Illinois State Golf Course in Normal, Ill. She was named to Ohio's fall 2013 and spring 2014 Dean's Lists.

A journalism strategic communications major carrying a 3.500 grade point average, McKinzie appeared in seven events, totaling 18 rounds and averaging 82.74 strokes per 18 holes. She clubbed a career-best 73 in second-round play at the Redbird Invitational en route to compiling a career-best 231 54-hole mark to achieve 24th place. She was named to Ohio's fall 2013 Dean's List.

The Ohio foursome helped make up a group of 664 women's collegiate golfers recognized with WGCA All-American Scholar honors. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.