Five Lady Tiger Golfers Named WGCA All-American Scholars

Women's Golf Team

July 12, 2013

MEMPHIS - - Five members of last season's University of Memphis women's golf team were named Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar honorees. In total, 644 women's collegiate golfers were recognized for having a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Alex Aläng, Ashleigh Whisenant, Julia Hodgson, Natalie Turk and Sarah Mathewsmade up the Memphis contingent recognized by the organization.

Aläng graduated Magna Cum Laude in May with a degree in International Business, Business Administration. She was the Lady Tigers' highest finisher at the Conference USA Championships in April, finishing tied for 17th. She was a three-time C-USA golfer of the week in her Memphis career and was also named a National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar recipient in 2012. She was also one of three Lady Tigers voted to the C-USA All-Academic Team in 2013 and won the Lady Eagle Invitational this spring. A native of Tullinge, Sweden, Aläng posted her first collegiate hole-in-one at the Ole Miss BankcorpSouth Rebel Intercollegiate in the spring of 2012.

Whisenant, a rising junior for Memphis for the upcoming 2013-14 season, earned her second All-Academic Scholar honor. A C-USA Academic Medalist, Whisenant was also a member of the Dean's List at Memphis and is majoring in Management. She is one of five returnees from last season's squad for head coach Beth Harrelson this fall.

Hodgson was a four-year letterwinner at Memphis and is a three-time NGCA All-American Scholar. She was one of three Lady Tigers honored on the five-person C-USA All-Academic Team after posting a 3.82 GPA in communications at Memphis. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May and had a senior season best finish of 16th at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. Hailing from Unionville, Ontario, Hodgson was a member of the Dean's List at Memphis in six of seven semesters, she was also a two-time recipient of the Commissioner's Academic Medal and was a three-time Tiger Academic 30 honoree.

Turk is another Lady Tiger honored on the WGCA list who will return to the Lady Tigers for 2013-14. The women's golf recipient of the C-USA Spirit of Service Award back in June, Turk is a two-year letterwinner for the Tigers. A Health & Human Performance major at Memphis, Turk has a 3.80 GPA is a four-semester recipient of the Tiger 3.0 distinction. She has been named to the Dean's List at Memphis for four straight semesters and competed in seven events for Memphis during the 2012-13 season, tying for sixth at the Lady Eagle Invitational for her best finish of the season. Active in the Memphis community, Turk participated in multiple community service activities benefitting St. Jude Children's Hospital and also worked with the Mid-South Access Center for Technology Fair.

Mathews graduated Magna Cum Laude in May from Memphis with a degree in accounting. A member of the Dean's List for six of seven semesters heading into her final collegiate semester, Mathews sported a 3.731 GPA and has been a multiple-time honoree on the Tiger Academic 30 for having one of the 30 highest GPAs in the athletic department. A two-time C-USA Academic Medalist, she is one of two Tigers to participate in all five fall tournaments, with a season-best finish of tied for 22nd at the C-USA Championships. She was also one of the three Lady Tigers voted to the five-person C-USA All-Academic Team in April.

Memphis opens its 2013 fall slate by hosting its own fall tournament, the FedEx Memphis Women's Intercollegiate, Sept. 9-10th at Ridgeway Country Club. The Lady Tigers will compete in the American Athletic Conference for the first time beginning this spring. The new conference launched on July 1st.



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