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Women's Golf Places Six on NGCA Scholar List

Sarah Tranelli is one of six Bobcat golfers to be recognized by the NGCA for strong academic performance

July 6, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Golf has placed six student-athletes on the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team, the program announced on Friday. The Bobcats ranked tremendously well from a national perspective, tying for the most recipients in all of NCAA Division One Women's Golf.

Only Eastern Kentucky and Memphis matched Ohio's six award recipients. The Bobcats also boast the largest number of award winners in the Mid-American Conference.

Making the list for Ohio were the following golfers: Kara Brinkmann (Middletown, Ohio), Kristen Helmsdoerfer (Westerville, Ohio), Julie Lechner (Powell, Ohio), Sarah Tranelli (Penfield, N.Y.), Megan Weaver (Canton, Ohio) and Meryl Weaver (Canton, Ohio). Lechner boasts the highest grade-point average of her Bobcat teammates, achieving a perfect 4.0 while majoring in Sports Management. Three of the remaining five Ohio golfers have posted GPAs of 3.90 or higher.

This recognition from the NGCA comes just more than a month after five of these six Bobcats were recognized by the Mid-American Conference. Megan and Meryl Weaver were named to the 2012 Women's Golf Academic All-MAC Team while Brinkmann, Helmsdoerfer and Tranelli earned Honorable Mention status. Megan Weaver was also recognized earlier in the season as the 2012 MAC Sportswoman of the Year.

The National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team included a total of 585 golfers across Divisions I, II and III. In order to be considered for the team, the minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.