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Ohio Women's Golf Tops Division I in GPA

Kara Brinkmann and the Bobcats had the highest team GPA among all Division I women's golf programs.

July 24, 2011

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University women's golf team has been recognized as one of the top academic programs in the nation, leading all Division I schools with a 3.83 cumulative grade point average.

The National Golf Coaches Association notices the 25 women's golf squads that collect the highest collective average team GPA which includes all of the team's student-athletes for the 10-11 season. The Bobcats were 2nd overall with a 3.834 average team GPA. Lee University (NAIA) has been honored as the recipient of the 2010-2011 NGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award. Lee's six team members had an average GPA of 3.864. Three MAC schools, Ohio, Akron and Eastern Michigan ranked in the top 20.

A few weeks ago, Ohio had a nation-high six student-athletes named NGCA All-American Scholar Recipients as Erin Cahill (Accounting), Megan Weaver (Mathematics), Meryl Weaver (Integrated Math Education), Sarah Tranelli (Broadcast Journalism), Kara Brinkmann (Management Information Systems) and Jordan Fesh (Communications) were honored for their success in the classroom.

"These girls work so hard in the classroom and on the golf course," Head Coach Kelly Ovington said, "They all have strong work ethics and commitment to succeed in everything they do. The NGCA Team GPA award has been one our goals since I have got here. This year seemed like it but unfortunately we were just a little short. A team GPA of 3.834 is outstanding! Each one of these girls is amazing and I am so proud of them."

Megan Weaver was also named to the 2010-11 Women's Golf Academic All-MAC team, while her sister and Cahill received honorable mention. Weaver became the first Bobcat women's golfer to be named to the Academic All-MAC team since Kristen Mautz in 2007. A junior with a 3.96 GPA and majoring in Mathematics/Actuarial Science, Weaver finished in the top 10 at the 2011 MAC Championships. She had the best stroke average for the Bobcats this spring with a 78.04 and had a low round of 72 at the Cardinal Classic, where she placed fourth overall. Weaver ended the year with four top-10 finishes and seven top-20 finishes.

Her sister Meryl, a junior with a 3.86 GPA majoring in Integrated Mathematics, finished 13th at the MAC Championships, her best finish of the spring season. Cahill, a senior who has a 3.99 GPA and majored in Accounting and Finance, was the second-best golfer on the team during the spring, averaging a 79.7 score per round for the Bobcats. Her low round of 76 came at the UC Spring Invitational and she finished in the top-10 at the MSU Ocala Spring Invitational.

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