STARKVILLE, Miss. – Heading into this weekend’s NCAA Central Regional, the Mississippi State women’s golf team has been recognized by the association for achieving a multi-year Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of teams around the nation.
It’s the second time the Bulldogs have received the APR Public Recognition Award after earning the honor in 2005.
“It’s a great week! We are competing at the NCAA Central Regional and being recognized by the NCAA for our success in the classroom, so I am very proud of our student-athletes,” coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We have set high standards on and off the golf course, and we work hard daily to meet and exceed those standards. We are thrilled to be recognized by the NCAA.”
The recognition is the fifth for a Mississippi State program. Softball earned the honor twice in 2009 and 2010, while men’s tennis claimed the award in 2012.
“I congratulate our women’s golf program for its outstanding APR score. The student-athletes, Coach Ginger and her staff continue to represent our department in a first-class manner both on and off the course,” Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said. “We are proud of their accomplishments and wish them the very best of luck as they compete in an NCAA Regional for the second straight year.”
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
The Bulldogs head to Stillwater, Okla., May 8-10 NCAA Central Regional at Karsten Creek Golf Club. The top 8 teams earn a spot in the NCAA Championships field May 20-23 at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
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