Four Wildcats Receive Academic All-Big 12 Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Four members of the Kansas State women's golf team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams, the conference announced today. Sophomore Katherine Gravel-Coursol and senior Carly Ragains were named to the first team, while senior Olivia Eliasson and sophomore Madison Talley were named to the second team.

"I am proud of the ladies' efforts in the classroom," head coach Kristi Knight said. "They do a good job managing time and prioritizing."

Of the 27 golfers to receive academic honors, only Gravel-Coursol and TCU's Kelly McGovern were nominated with 4.00 GPA. Gravel-Coursol, an advertising major, was selected to the first team in her first year eligible for academic all-conference honors. It adds another academic accomplishment to her resume after being named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2014.

For Ragains, a marketing major, this year's honor marks the third time she has been selected to the Academic All-Big 12 team. The Highland Village, Texas, native currently holds a 76.50 scoring average and has amassed five top-10 and 13 top-20 finishes in her career at Kansas State.

Eliasson earned her first academic all-conference honor. A biochemistry major, Eliasson has notched four top-20 finishes this season, including an individual championship at the Johnie Imes Invitational.

Talley also received academic all-conference accolades in her first year being eligible for the honor. An elementary education major, Talley has finished in the top-20 in seven of the team's nine events this season. She also holds the team's lowest stoke average at 73.81.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

The Wildcats will return to action, April 18-19, as they head to Columbus, Ohio, for the Lady Buckeye Invitational at the Scarlet Course.