Three Wildcats Receive Academic All-Big 12 Honors
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Headlined by first-team honorees Katherine Gravel-Coursol and Scotland Preston with 4.0 GPAs, three members of the Kansas State women's golf team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams, the conference announced today. Gravel-Coursol and Preston were joined by junior Madison Talley, who was named to the second team.
Of the 25 golfers to receive academic honors, only five women’s golfers were nominated with 4.00 GPA. With the perfect GPAs by Gravel-Coursol and Preston as well as a pair of Baylor golfers, it marked the first time since Oklahoma State in 2008 that a Big 12 program has had two players with 4.0 GPAs in the same year.
“It is awesome to see these ladies succeed in the classroom,” K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. “It takes great time management and investment to be Academic All-Big 12 with all the travel associated with our sport. I am very proud of Scotland, Katherine and Madison.”
Gravel-Coursol, an advertising major, was selected for first-team honors for the second year in a row. She currently holds a 74.79 stroke average and has finished in the top-10 in three events this season. Gravel-Coursol also carded a career-high sixth place finish at the Red Raider Invitational last week as she helped the team to a fourth-place finish.
For Preston, a mass communication and economics major, this year's honor marks the second time she has been selected to the Academic All-Big 12 team. The Mountainside, New Jersey, native currently holds a 77.65 scoring average and has carded her first top-20 finish this season.
Talley also received academic all-conference accolades for the second year in a row. An elementary education major, Talley has finished in the top-20 in six of the team’s 10 events this season, including three top-five finishes. She also holds the team’s lowest stoke average at 73.58.
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 22-24, as they travel to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the Big 12 Championship at Dominion Country Club.