Turk Receives C-USA Spirit of Service Award
June 11, 2013
University of Memphis sophomore golfer Natalie Turk is one of 12 Conference USA student-athletes that will receive the C-USA Spring Spirit of Service Award, conference commissioner Britton Banowsky announced on Tuesday.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of Service award is presented three times throughout the season with Tuesday's honorees representing Conference USA's spring sports - baseball, equestrian, men's and women's golf, softball, outdoor track and field, women's rowing and men's and women's tennis.
During the past year Turk organized a visit for student-athletes from various sports to tour St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and speak to patients. She was also a volunteer "celebrity," answering phone calls to collect money for St. Jude's during local radio station KIX 106's St. Jude Radiothon.
Turk participated and interacted with presenters at the Mid-South Access Center for Technology Fair which showcased projects done by children and adults with disabilities. She also took part in the Martin Luther King Day of Service, spending the morning of MLK Day at Shelby Farms Park working on beautification projects.
Turk competed in seven events during the 2012-13 season and averaged 80.3 strokes over 19 rounds of golf. She tied for sixth at the Lady Eagle Invitational, helping lead the Tigers to a team championship in the weather-shortened, 16-team tournament hosted by Southern Miss.
Turk, who has a 3.80 cumulative grade point average, is a four-semester recipient of Tiger 3.0 distinction and has been named to the Dean's List four straight semesters. The two-time Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient was a member of a Memphis team which posted a 3.711 team GPA and was nominated for the NGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award. The team placed eighth in the nation in collective team GPA among all NCAA women's golf programs.