Two Lady Tigers Named Academic All-Americans
July 26, 2007
The University of Memphis women's golf program was recognized by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) with the addition of Rachel Larson and Cameron Barber to the list of Division I Academic All-Americans.
A total of 368 lady golfers in Divisions I, II and III were honored. To be considered, student-athletes must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and must have competed in at least half of their program's regularly scheduled rounds.
Both Lady Tigers exceeded the grade point threshold and, in addition to their scholastic and athletic accomplishments, gave selflessly of themselves to the Memphis community, fulfilling numerous volunteer and community services roles.
Cameron Barber, a native of Lone Tree, Colo., graduated last spring with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a cumulative GPA of 3.67. She was named a member of the Tiger 3.0 Club for each of the eight semesters of her college career, was named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll all four years, and made the University's Dean's List four consecutive semesters, five total. The fall semester of Cameron's junior year was her best, earning a 4.0. She also made the Tiger Academic 30 four times, an accomplishment which placed Barber among the top 30 student-athletes at the University of Memphis.
Barber earned four varsity letters on the Lady Tiger golf team. During her career, she had two top-25 tournament finishes, both during her senior year. Her season best low round of 70 was second best on the team, second to Stacey Tate's 69, and earned her a top-25 finish at the Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate tournament.
Off the links, Barber worked with the Tiger athletic training staff for three years. She also served two years on the FCA Executive Board and volunteered at a youth reading program.
The NGCA named Rachel Larson, from Longmont, Colo., an Academic All-American for the second time in two years. Larson, a rising junior, is a history major with a 3.72 cumulative GPA. She was one of five women golfers named to the C-USA All-Academic team this spring. She has made the University's Dean's List, as well as the Tiger 3.0 Club every semester. In the spring of 2006 Larson earned a 4.0 and was named to the Tiger Academic 30.
Larson also has been instrumental in the women's golf team's success her entire career. She boasts eight top-20 finishes in her young career, six from the 2006-07 season. Her career best fifth place finish at the Kentucky Wildcat Fall Invitational earned her a permanent spot among the team's best, and her 7th place finish at the Baja Invitational earned her C-USA golfer of the week honors last February. Larson finished 15th on the C-USA leader board for the 2006-07 season with a 78.23 average, and her 13th place finish at the C-USA tournament in Birmingham, Ala., (80-74-77) made her the third Tiger in the top-15 to help Memphis to win the C-USA championship.
Larson volunteers with High Point Church's Kid City Program, Streets Ministry and First Tee. She is a member of Young Life and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.