July 1, 2013
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) announced Monday its All-American Scholars for the 2012-13 season. A trio of Colorado State student-athletes were named among the 644 collegiate golfers recognized in Divisions I, II and III.
Juniors Besty Kelly and Christina Spinzig and redshirt freshman Mikayla Tatman were each named to the prestigious list, which boasts some of the most stringent criteria in all of college athletics, requiring that as student-athlete maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50.
Kelly, from Forest Lake, Minn., majors in business finance at Colorado State. She ranked second on the team with a stroke average of 77.55 on the season, and recorded the Rams’ top individual finish of the year with a fifth-place showing at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate in October. Kelly’s performance led the team to its top tournament finish of the season, a fourth-place showing, at the event.
Spinzig, a business finance major who hails from Evergreen, Colo., ranked third on the team with a per round average of 78.52. She notched the team’s lowest individual round of the season when she fired a three-under 69, a career-best, during the second round of action at the MountainView Collegiate in March.
Tatman, a product of nearby Longmont, Colo., has completed her second academic year at CSU after redshirting during her true freshman season in 2011-12. A human development and family studies major, she played in 27 of 33 rounds for the Rams in 2013-14, recording the fourth-best stroke average on the team (79.30) and posting the second-lowest individual round of the year for a Rams’ golfer with her two-under 70 at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Intercollegiate.
The Rams’ recognition by the WGCA is just the latest academic honor bestowed upon the CSU women’s golf program. In early June, the entire program was recognized by the NCAA as part of its Academic Progress Rating (APR) Public Recognition Awards, which highlight programs that have posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent for their respective sports. It marks the third time overall, and the second consecutive year, that the CSU women’s golf program has received APR Public Recognition since the NCAA began tracking the data in 2004-05.
Additionally, several members of the team were recently named to the Mountain West Academic All-Conference team and Scholar-Athlete Awards list. Kelly, Spinzig and Tatman earned both recognitions from the MW, while sophomore Jessa LaBarbera and junior Emily Roering were named academic all-conference.