May 17, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior women's golfer Caroline Powers has been named to the Capital One NCAA Division 1 Academic All-District 5 Women's At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Powers, who graduated in May with a 3.86 GPA in elementary education, is now eligible to earn Academic All-America honors.
On the course, Powers has established herself as one of the top players in the nation. Named the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year, Powers owns a 73.61 scoring average and has six top-10 finishes in MSU's 10 tournaments this season. She finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships with a 3-over 219 and was named to the All-Championships Team for the third straight year. The Bowling Green, Ohio, native is ranked No. 30 in the nation by Golfweek and had the highest Golfweek/Sagarin rating in Big Ten competition with a 72.11.
A three-time All-Big Ten selection, Powers qualified for the U.S. Women's Open earlier this week by winning a sectional tournament in Wheaton, Ill., on May 14.
With a career scoring average of 74.23, Powers is on pace to own the lowest average in school history (Laura Kueny, 74.60). She has placed in the top five in 14 career tournaments and in the top 10 on 21 occasions, including three tournament victories (2011 Lady Buckeye Invitational, 2011 Mary Fossum Invitational, 2012 Central District Invitational).
Powers also has the top-three season averages in school history (MSU record 73.53 in 2010-11; 73.61 this season; 73.78 in 2012-13). She placed sixth at the 2011 NCAA Championships, the highest ever by a Spartan at nationals, and is the third Spartan to be named the Big Ten Golfer of the Year (Emily Bastel, 2002; Kueny, 2010).
In the classroom, Powers is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (3.7 GPA or higher) and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. In addition, she has been named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Team three times.
Powers will conclude her Spartan career next week as Michigan State competes in the NCAA Championships May 21-24 in Athens, Ga.