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UVU golf: five Wolverines tabbed All-American Scholars by WGCA

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, July 2 2014 12:26 p.m. MDT

The Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars were announced Wednesday, and all five Utah Valley University starters made the cut.

Juniors Hannah Herman (marketing, 3.80 GPA), Heather Mathison (biology, 3.85 GPA) and Brooke Whittaker (psychology, 3.77 GPA), as well as freshmen Kimberly Nyhus (exercise science, 3.74 GPA) and Monica Yeates (business, 3.84 GPA) were recognized by the WGCA. Whittaker was named to the prestigious honor for the third consecutive year, while Herman and Mathison were for the second time, and Nyhus and Yeates for the first time.

To be eligible to become a WGCA All-American Scholar, one must hold above a 3.50 cumulative GPA, making it one of the most stringent academic awards in all of college athletics.

"This is an outstanding achievement for these student-athletes who represent UVU so well on the course and in the classroom," head coach Sue Nyhus said. "I am very excited for them and congratulate them on their many accomplishments."

This season marks the second straight year UVU has had five of its golfers named to the renowned honor.

The five individuals also tied Utah Valley for the second most golfers to make the cut of all Division I institutions. Eastern Michigan, Florida Golf Coast, Xavier and Yale led the way with six golfers apiece.

All five Wolverine golfers were also named Academic All-WAC earlier this week.

In all, 664 women's collegiate golfers were recognized as 2013-14 WGCA All-American Scholars for Division I, II and III.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.

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