2008-09 WIAC Women's Golf Headlines

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2008-09 WIAC Women's Golf Headlines Four Earn NGCA All-American Scholar Team Recognition RELEASED: Thursday, July 2, 2009 MADISON, Wis.--Four Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) individuals have been named to the 2008-09 National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) NCAA Division III All-American Scholar Team. UW-Eau Claire’s Emily Swift (Fr., Onalaska, Wis.), UW-Stevens Point’s Danelle Olson (Fr., Detroit Lakes, Minn.) and Michelle Pascavis (So., Waukesha, Wis./South) and UW-Whitewater’s Diana Schmidt (Sr., Mukwonago, Wis.) represented the conference on the 67-member team. Schmidt was recognized for the third consecutive year. This marks the third straight season that the WIAC has placed four individuals on the squad. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 66 percent of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year. #####

Three Claim NGCA All-America Status, UW-Stevens Point’s Interbartolo Claims Top Coaching Honor RELEASED: Monday, May 18, 2009 MADISON, Wis.--University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Jessica Urban was named the 2009 NCAA Division III National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) PING Player of the Year, while Pointer head coach Matt Interbartolo was named the NGCA SkyCaddie National Coach of the Year. Joining Urban on the Duramed All-America First Team was teammate Michelle Pascavis, while UW-Eau Claire’s Torie Ives secured honorable mention status. This marks the first time in history that the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) has landed two individuals on the first team. Urban, a junior from Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead), was an All-America second team selection in 2008. She was named the WIAC Player of the Year earlier this season and claimed two individual crowns, while posting nine topfive finishes. Urban recorded the highest finish ever by a WIAC individual at the NCAA Division III Championship, placing second with a 72-hole total of 297 strokes (+9). A sophomore from Waukesha, Wis. (South), Pascavis secured two tournament titles and five top-five finishes. She joins Urban as the only All-Americans in program history. Ives, a junior from Osseo, Wis. (Osseo-Fairchild), finished in the top 10 at five tournaments during the 2008-09 season. Her selection marks the ninth consecutive year that the Blugolds have had an individual claim All-America accolades. Interbartolo won the national coaching award for the second time in his career, having received the prize in 2007. He was also named this year’s NCAA Division III NGCA Central Region Coach of the Year, marking his third straight regional honor. Urban, Pascavis and Ives also secured NCAA Division III NGCA All-Central Region Status. The trio was joined on the 10-member squad by UW-Eau Claire’s Katie Maurer, UW-Stevens Point’s Nacheynah Green and UWWhitewater’s Chelsea Davis. #####

UW-Stevens Point Finishes Second, UW-Eau Claire Sixth at NCAA Women’s Golf Championship RELEASED: Saturday, May 16, 2009 PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.--University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point recorded the highest finish ever by a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) school at the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship by placing second at this year’s event that was held at the PGA Golf Club May 13-16. The national meet was hosted by Methodist University (N.C.). The Pointers totaled 1,282 strokes (+130) during the 72-hole event to fall short of the 1,257 strokes (+105) established by 12-time defending national champion Methodist. Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) was third with 1,297 strokes (+145), Southwestern University (Texas) fourth with 1,298 strokes (+146) and Otterbein College (Ohio) fifth with 1,303 strokes (+151). UW-Eau Claire placed sixth with 1,306 strokes (+154) to place in the top 10 for the eighth time in the last nine years. A total of 19 teams competed in this year’s national championship. UW-Stevens Point’s second-place finish surpassed the previous high by a WIAC program of a tie for third place set by UW-Eau Claire in 2005. The Pointers’ Jessica Urban recorded the highest finish ever by a WIAC individual, taking second with a 72-hole total of 297 (75-74-75-73/+9) to surpass the tie for third place set by UW-Eau Claire’s Jennifer Prock at the 2003 championship. Methodist’s Susan Martin secured medalist honors with a 294 (73-71-73-77/+6) at this year’s event, while UW-Eau Claire’s Torie Ives tied for sixth with a 314 (72-83-80-79/+26). Also competing for UW-Stevens Point were Michelle Pascavis who tied for 20th with a 325 (79-82-84-80/+37), Nacheynah Green tied for 31st with a 328 (84-80-81-83/+40), Danelle Olson tied for 64th with a 337 (87-84-8086/+49) and Amanda Dlugopolski tied for 75th with a 342 (84-82-88-88/+54). UW-Eau Claire’s Katie Maurer tied for 27th with a 327 (81-82-84-80/+39), while Emily Swift tied for 42nd with a 331 (76-86-83-86/+43), Lauren Gault tied for 64th with a 337 (83-89-82-83/+49) and Katie Swift finished 81st with a 347 (86-90-88-83/+59). #####

UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point Receive NCAA Women’s Golf Bids RELEASED: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 MADISON, Wis.--For the second consecutive year, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point will represent the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship that will be held May 13-16 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. UW-Stevens Point earned an automatic bid into the 21-team field after winning the WIAC championship last fall. This will mark the program’s second appearance in the national event. UW-Eau Claire claimed one of the 10 available at-large bids and is making its ninth straight NCAA showing. The championship will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. The tournament consists of 72 holes of play over four days of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores from each team for each day will count in the team’s total score. Methodist University (N.C.) will serve as host of the event. #####

UW-Stevens Point’s Urban Tops All-WIAC Women’s Golf Team RELEASED: Monday, October 20, 2008 MADISON, Wis.--University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Jessica Urban was named the Player of the Year to headline the 10 individuals earning recognition on the 2008-09 All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Women’s Golf Team. Individuals were selected based on Golfstat’s rankings of lowest stroke average versus par following the conclusion of the WIAC championship. Urban claimed first team honors for the third straight season. She finished fourth at this year’s WIAC championship to help the Pointers to their second straight league crown and third in program history. Urban compiled a conference-leading 79.2 stroke average during the fall. UW-Stevens Point’s Michelle Pascavis claimed first team status for the second straight year after being named the league’s player of the year a season ago. She placed sixth at the WIAC championship and captured medalist honors at the UW-Platteville Invitational and Illinois Wesleyan Invitational this fall. Joining Urban and Pascavis on the first team were UW-Eau Claire’s Torie Ives and Katie Maurer, along with UWWhitewater’s Chelsea Davis. Ives secured first team accolades for the second time in her career. She was a first team choice in 2006 and a second team pick a year ago. Second team selections on this year’s squad consisted of: UW-Eau Claire’s Lauren Gault and Emily Swift, UWStevens Point’s Nacheynah Green and Danelle Olson and UW-Whitewater’s Emily Kuiper. The WIAC also announced an All-Sportsmanship Team for individuals that displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season. The team included one member from each school as selected by that school. Named to the squad were: UW-Eau Claire’s Katie Swift, UW-Oshkosh’s Emily Wichman, UW-Platteville’s Michelle Ebert, UW-River Falls’ Katie Kantrud, UW-Stevens Point’s Amanda Dlugopolski, UW-Stout’s Molly Loney, UW-Superior’s Amy Lenz and UW-Whitewater’s Diana Schmidt. 2008-09 All-WIAC Women’s Golf Team First Team Name, School, Year, Hometown (High School) Jessica Urban, Stevens Point, Junior, Hartland (Arrowhead) Michelle Pascavis, Stevens Point, Sophomore, Waukesha (South) Chelsea Davis, Whitewater, Junior, Greendale Katie Maurer, Eau Claire, Freshman, Forest Lake, Minn. (Convent of the Visitation) Torie Ives, Eau Claire, Junior, Osseo (Osseo-Fairchild) Second Team Lauren Gault , Eau Claire, Freshman, Shorewood Nacheynah Green, Stevens Point, Freshman, Poynette Emily Kuiper, Whitewater, Sophomore, Racine (Case) Danelle Olson, Stevens Point, Freshman, Detroit Lakes, Minn. Emily Swift, Eau Claire, Freshman, Onalaska All-Sportsmanship Team Katie Swift, Eau Claire, Sophomore, Onalaska Emily Wichman, Oshkosh, Junior, Neenah (Fox Valley Lutheran) Michelle Ebert, Platteville, Senior, Kenosha (Bradford) Katie Kantrud, River Falls, Senior, Fergus Falls, Minn. Amanda Dlugopolski, Stevens Point, Senior, Appleton (East) Molly Loney, Stout, Senior, River Falls Amy Lenz, Superior, Senior, Frederic Diana Schmidt, Whitewater, Senior, Mukwonago

Player of the Year: Jessica Urban of Stevens Point Coach of the Year: John Means of Eau Claire Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete: Diana Schmidt of Whitewater #####

UW-Whitewater’s Schmidt Named Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete RELEASED: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 MADISON, Wis.--University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Diana Schmidt has been named the 2008 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Judy Kruckman Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete. A native of Mukwonago, Wis., Schmidt is majoring in accounting and has a 3.70 grade point average. She is a three-time member of UW-Whitewater’s Dean’s List, the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and the National Golf Coaches Association NCAA Division III All-Scholar Team. The senior earned All-WIAC first team recognition a year ago and second team accolades in 2005. A two-year team captain, she finished fifth at this year’s WIAC championship and tied for eighth in 2005. Schmidt is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi Epsilon Rho and the American Marketing Association, while also serving as a volunteer at a church in her hometown. UW-Superior’s Beth Adams (Sr., Hayward, Wis.) and Brianna Deterling (Sr., Poplar, Wis.) were also nominated for this award. The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is named after Judy Kruckman who served as Assistant Commissioner for the WIAC from 1996-98. Prior to this appointment, she functioned as Commissioner of the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from October, 1984 - September, 1996. In order to be nominated for the scholar-athlete award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, be in their last year of competition, or on schedule to graduate this academic year, and have competed for a minimum of two years. #####

UW-Eau Claire’s Means Claims Coach of the Year Honor RELEASED: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 MADISON, Wis.--University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s John Means has been named the 2008 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) women’s golf coach of the year, based on a vote of the league coaches. Means directed the squad to a second-place finish at the WIAC championship and had Katie Maurer secure medalist honors. He is in his fourth season with the Blugolds. #####

UW-Stevens Point Secures Second Straight Women’s Golf Championship RELEASED: Sunday, October 5, 2008 ARKDALE, Wis.--UW-Stevens Point won its second straight WIAC women’s golf championship following the 13th annual event that was held Oct. 3-5 at Northern Bay Golf Resort & Marina in Arkdale, Wis. The Pointers also claimed the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship that will be held at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., May 13-16, 2009. This year’s league championship was originally scheduled for 54 holes, but reduced to 45 holes due to inclement weather during the final round. UW-Stevens Point posted a 45-hole total of 822 to outdistance UW-Eau Claire’s second-place sum of 825. UWWhitewater finished third with 855, UW-Stout fourth with 894, UW-Superior fifth with 906, UW-Platteville sixth with 936, UW-River Falls seventh with 974 and UW-Oshkosh eighth with 998. The Blugolds entered the final round with a 10-stroke advantage over the Pointers. UW-Stevens Point has won three league titles in program history after also finishing first in 1997. UW-Eau Claire’s Katie Maurer recorded a 45-hole total of 194 to claim medalist honors in the 46-participant field. Her title marks the sixth straight season a Blugold has finished first in the WIAC championship (Susan Karlman 2003, Maggie Loney - 2004 & 2005, Torie Ives - 2006, Meghan Sobotta - 2007). UW-Eau Claire’s Torie Ives and UW-Stevens Point’s Nacheynah Green tied for second with 202, UW-Stevens Point’s Jessica Urban fourth with 203, UW-Whitewater’s Diana Schmidt fifth with 205, UW-Stevens Point’s Michelle Pascavis sixth with 207, UW-Platteville’s Michelle Ebert seventh with 208, UW-Whitewater’s Chelsea Davis eighth with 209 and UW-Stevens Point’s Danelle Olson ninth with 210, while UW-Eau Claire’s Lauren Gault, Katie Swift and Sara Mattes and UW-Stout’s Molly Loney tied for 10th with 216. UW-Eau Claire head coach John Means was voted the Coach of the Year, while UW-Whitewater’s Diana Schmidt was the recipient of the WIAC Judy Kruckman Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Award. #####

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