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SIX PIONEERS NAMED NGCA ALL-AMERICA SCHOLARS
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. --- Six Tusculum College women’s golfers have been named to the 2011-2012 National Golf Coaches Association Division II All-American Scholar Team. Selected from Tusculum are Jillian Corum, Alec Cunningham, Katie Doane, Emee Herbert, Sara Howard and Haley Rye.
Tusculum’s six honorees are the second most in the nation, just one off the pace set by Angelo State University (7).
Criteria for the NGCA All-America Scholar Team includes having a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50.
The Pioneers boast an impressive 3.64 team grade point average, which was the second highest of Tusculum’s 14 intercollegiate sports and the best amongst the 10 South Atlantic Conference women’s golf programs.
Corum, a rising senior from Knoxville, Tenn., competed in 24 rounds for the Pioneers this season and averaged 77.58 strokes per round to rank second on the team, third in the South Atlantic Conference and second-best in program history. She accounted for nine top 20 performances, including six in the top 10. One of those top finishes was her medalist victory at the Agnes McAmis Memorial were she carded a school 36-hole record 141, while claiming her school record fourth individual title.
Corum, who was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women’s At-Large Team, is also ranked in seven Golfstat DII statistical categories including: second in par five scoring (5.00), 14th in subpar strokes per round (2.05), 30th in birdies (43), 40th in score versus par (+5.71), 42nd in scoring average (77.58), 46th in par four scoring (4.41) and 76th in par 3 scoring (3.38).
The Knoxville, Tenn. native was named to the All-SAC First Team and finished eighth at the SAC Championship to claim All-Tournament honors for a second straight year. Corum is a three-time team Most Valuable Player and has the best career stroke average in school history at 80.38.
Academically, Corum has a 3.63 cumulative grade-point average as a business administration major at Tusculum.
Doane, a native of Sevierville, Tenn. (Pigeon Forge HS), returns to the NGCA All-America Scholar Team for a fourth straight year. Doane, who graduated from Tusculum this past May, recorded an 82.46 stroke average which is the 13th-best in school history. She caps an outstanding collegiate career, where she posted an 85.23 average for the ninth lowest in TC history.
Doane is a four-time member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List. She has the highest cumulative GPA on the team at 3.9, including a perfect 4.00 GPA in her final semester, while majoring in business administration.
Cunningham, a rising sophomore from Knoxville, Tenn. (Catholic HS), is making her inaugural showing on the NGCA All-America Scholar Team. She finished sixth with her 84.4 scoring average in her six events, including a pair of top 30 performances. She tied for 28th at the Tusculum/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate and 29th at the Tusculum Fall Classic.
Cunningham is majoring in journalism with a 3.71 GPA and is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the TC Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
Herbert, a rising sophomore from Johns Creek, Ga., is also making her first appearance on the NGCA All-America Scholar Team.
The Greater Atlanta Christian High School graduate posted the best rookie campaign in school history. She finished ranked in seven individual national categories, including: 25th in stroke average (76.71), 13th in par five scoring (5.08), 19th in par three scoring (3.24), 27th in score versus par (+4.78), 32nd in subpar strokes per round (1.77), 35th in par four scoring (4.37) and 41st in birdies (39).
Herbert, the 2012 South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year, finished in the top 20 in 10 of her 11 events, including eight top-10 performances and four in the top five. The All-SAC First Team selection finished runner-up at the Anderson Invitational and the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate. She also finished third at the Flagler Fall Slam and the South Atlantic Conference Championship.
At the NCAA Division II South Regional, Herbert finished in sole possession of ninth place with 74-78-72=224 (+8) as she finished one shot out of a playoff for the final individual spot to advance to the NCAA National Championship. Herbert’s 54-hole score of 224 is the lowest in school history and the third-best by a SAC golfer.
Earlier this summer, she went 5-0 in her match play events, including a 3 & 1 victory over Rika Park of the University of Miami, to win the 2012 Women’s Southern Amateur in Charlotte, N.C. She also qualified for the round of 64 at the Western Amateur Golf Championship last month.
Herbert has a 3.56 GPA while majoring in psychology and is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
Howard returns to the NGCA All-America Scholar Team for a second straight year. The Knoxville, Tenn. rising junior finished 74th in the country in par five scoring (5.36) and 86th in subpar strokes per round (1.23). Howard was fourth on the team with her 81.25 scoring average, which is the eighth lowest ever by a Pioneer. She lowered her two-year stroke average to 81.70 which is currently the second lowest in school history (min. 2,000 strokes).
Howard has a 3.50 GPA and is a biology major with a minor in chemistry. The South Doyle High School graduate is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List.
Rye, a native of Cumberland City, Tenn., graduated from Tusculum in May with Bachelor’s degree while majoring in elementary education. She is making her second appearance on the NGCA All-America Scholar Team after finishing with a 3.67 GPA, including 4.00 in her last semester. The Montgomery Central High School product finished seventh on the team with an 85.2 scoring average, including a 35th place finish at the Tusculum Fall Classic. She ends her Tusculum career with an 87.02 stroke average, which is currently 11th in school history.
Rye is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the TC Dean’s List.
Tusculum accounted for over half of the 11 honorees representing the South Atlantic Conference on the NGCA Scholar Team.
Tusculum enjoyed an outstanding season as the Pioneers finished in the top five in nine of its 11 events, including two tournament victories and the program’s first-ever NCAA II Tournament appearance.
Tusculum College, located in Greeneville, Tenn., is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA and is a NCAA Division II member of the South Atlantic Conference which is comprised of 10 colleges and universities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.