State golfers receive All-America Scholar recognition

 The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) announced its All-American Scholars for the 2015-16 academic year. The organization recognized 838 women’s collegiate golfers who have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50.

Five Tulsa golfers – senior Alex Haun, junior Nadia Majidizadeh and freshmen Olivia Jackson, Mackenzie Medders and Johanna Samuelsson – earned the All-American Scholar award.
Haun played in eight tournaments as a senior and has maintained a 3.64 GPA in exercise and sports science. Majidizadeh, from Tulsa’s Union High School, was Tulsa’s top golfer this past season with a team-best 75.7-stroke average and four top-25 performances. She has a 3.63 grade point average in International business. The trio of freshmen claimed the academic honor in their first seasons of collegiate golf, as Jackson had a 3.59 GPA in marketing, Medders with a 3.5 GPA and Samuelsson a 3.52 GPA, both in management.
A pair of Oral Roberts women’s golfers were named WGCA All-American Scholars. With a 3.65 and 3.69 GPA, respectively, seniors Paola Aviles and Shinwoo Lee were each named to the list for 2015-16.

Aviles is a finance major and finished the year with a 77.8 stroke average, carting a top-5 finish at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial with a season-best 227.

Lee earned second team All-Summit League honors after leading the team with a 76.5 stroke average. She also had a top-5 finish after a second-round 69 put her in a tie for fourth at the Little Rock Golf Classic. Lee was an international business major.

Also honored were Southestern Oklahoma State’s Courtney Courtney Gourdin and Northeastern Oklahoma State’s Baylee Price and Kayla Schroeder.

Gourdin, a junior from Tucson, Arizona, competed at SWOSU in 2015-16 after beginning her career at South Mountain Community College. She appeared in eight tournaments this past season, with a top finish of ninth place at the GAC Women’s Preview last fall.

It is the third accolade for the RiverHawk duo. Both were also named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, and Price was selected as an MIAA Scholar-Athlete.


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