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FAYETTEVILLE (Univ. of Ark) - The University of Arkansas women's golf team had a great season on the links and matched that with an outstanding season in the classroom in 2012-13. As a result, the Razorback women's golf team finished 10th in the country in the Women's Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Team GPA awards announced recently.
The award recognizes the women's collegiate golf program with the highest collective average team GPA which includes all of the team's student-athletes for the 12-13 season.
"I'm proud of all of our efforts in the classroom," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "As a coach, we talk a lot about begin students first and athletes second. This team has done an amazing job buying into that and performing at the highest level."
This season, Arkansas finished with a 3.670 grade point average finishing 10th in the nation. The Razorbacks posted a 3.78 gpa in the spring semester in the heart of the team's competitive schedule.
Emma Lavy, Emily Podzielinski, Kayli Quinton and Victoria Vela paced the team with 4.00 gpa's for the spring semester. Quinton also had a 4.00 gpa in the fall in her first semester of college academics.
The rest of the spring grades include a 3.73 for Oliva Lavy, 3.94 for Hally Leadbetter, 3.8 for Gabriela Lopez, 3.40 for Regina Plasencia, 3.36 for Meagan Roberts, and a 3.80 for Emily Tubert helping the team to a 3.804 gpa for the semester.
The Razorbacks were the second-highest ranking Southeastern Conference team and one of three teams in the top 25 who also competed at the NCAA Division I National Championship.
Arkansas finished tied for 13th in the nation on the golf course with a final ranking of No. 8 in the Golfstat.com standings. The Razorbacks return four of the five traveling student-athletes from a season ago headlined by three-time All-American Tubert and SEC All-Freshman Team selections Lopez and Plasencia. Fayetteville, Ark., native Emma Lavy returns for her senior season after several personal bests as a junior for Arkansas.
The Razorbacks resume collegiate play with the season opener Sept. 8-10 at the Dale McNamara NCAA Preview, the first of four fall events for Arkansas.