posted July 8, 2011

Flying Dutch Golfers Receive Academic Honors

Four members of the 2010-11 Hope College women's golf team have been named All-American Scholars by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA).

Honored were Emily Atsma of Caledonia (South Christian HS), Charlotte Park of Grosse Pointe (Grosse Pointe South), Megan Scholten of Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), and Lauren Zandstra of Flushing (Flushing HS).

All four players return for the 2011-12 season. Atsma, Scholten and Zandstra will be seniors and Park a junior. Scholten, who is being honored for a third consecutive year, is an economics/psychology major, while Zandstra, who is an honoree for a second time, is a chemistry major. Atsma and Park, who are being recognized for a first time, are accounting and communication/management majors respectively.

The criteria included a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 during the academic year. Student-athletes must have competed in at least two-thirds of the college's competitive rounds.

The 2010-11 Flying Dutch, coached by Greg Stafford, finished third in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) standings and were ranked 15th nationally in the Golf World/NGCA Division III Coaches' Poll.

The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents nearly 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.