Hope College golfers Britni Gielow and Nicole Meyer share a similar drive for excellence on and off the course. The pair has been selected as 2014-15 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars.
They were among 758 women’s collegiate golfers from NCAA Divisions III, II and I recognized after recording a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the school year.
Gielow, from Norton Shores, Michigan (Mona Shores HS), is pursuing a management major at Hope. Meyer, from Brighton, Michigan (Brighton HS), is a chemistry major with a pre-dental focus.
On the course, Gielow and Meyer helped the Flying Dutch finish 11th at the NCAA Division III Championships in May and claim their seventh Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship during the 2014-15 school year. It was Hope’s first trip to nationals.
Hope coach Greg Stafford said both Gielow and Meyer exemplify what Hope and NCAA Division III are about.
“They are students first, then they are athletes,” Stafford said. “Both of them take their studies very seriously. These two, and all the women on the team, do an excellent job of managing their time and keeping their grades up while playing. It was a great year academically for us.
“The award is a tribute to Britni and Nicole as college students. They’re excellent student-athletes. I am very proud of them to be honored like this.”
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA 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 WGCA represents over 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.