May 24, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Michigan State senior Caroline Powers has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Dinah Shore Trophy Award. Powers was presented the award during the annual National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Division I Women's Collegiate Golf Awards Banquet which took place Friday, May 24 in Athens, Ga.
The Dinah Shore Trophy Award, which is administered by the LPGA Foundation, recognizes a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics (at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and athletics - playing in at least 50 percent of the team's scheduled events - while maintaining a 78.00 or less scoring average. The nominees must also demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service.
During her term as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at MSU, Powers has participated in numerous events throughout the Greater Lansing Area and was recently awarded the prestigious Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award, which is awarded to the student-athlete at Michigan State University who exemplifies the goals of the PACT (Putting Athletes and Community Together) program. Powers, who graduated in May with a 3.86 GPA in elementary education, is a three-time NGCA Scholar All-America honoree and was named to the Academic All-District Team last week.
Aside from her academic and community outreach accolades, Powers has excelled on the links and was named the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year. In addition, Powers is a three-time All-Big Ten First Team selection and has recorded three wins while at Michigan State University. She is also a two-time recipient of the George Alderton Award (Michigan State's Female Athlete of the Year). Powers finished her career with the lowest scoring average in school history at 74.26.
The Dinah Shore Trophy Award is a cooperative effort among The LPGA Foundation, Friends of Golf (FOG) organization and the Kraft Nabisco Championship - one of the LPGA's four major championships and the largest contributor to the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund. As part of the Dinah Shore Trophy Award, Michigan State University's women's golf program will also receive a $10,000 grant.
Past winners of this prestigious award include: University of California graduate Pia Halbig (2011), University of Central Florida alum and current Symetra Tour member Katie Detlefsen (2010), Duke University grad and LPGA Tour player Amanda Blumenherst (2008, 2009), University of Arkansas alumna and 2012 Rolex LPGA Player of the Year Stacy Lewis (2007), and the University of South Carolina's Erica Battle (2006).
The LPGA Foundation introduced the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund in March of 1994 in honor of the late Dinah Shore, a graduate of Vanderbilt University and an honorary member of the LPGA and LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. Including this year's award, the Dinah Shore Trophy Award has contributed more than $154,000 to women's collegiate golf programs.
About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world's leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women's golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.
About the contributing organizations
Friends of Golf (FOG) is a fundraising organization founded and administered by Eddie Merrins, golf professional emeritus at Bel-Air Country Club in Beverly Hills, Calif. FOG contributes annually to collegiate, high school and junior golf programs throughout the country, and Dinah Shore was considered the "First Lady" of FOG.
A part of the LPGA Tour since 1972, the Kraft Nabisco Championship was designated as a major in 1983. Three-time champion Amy Alcott began a winner's tradition of jumping into the lake at the 18th hole after her victory in 1991. The event was called the Colgate Dinah Shore from 1972-81 and the Nabisco Dinah Shore from 1982-99. Dinah Shore's legacy and heritage is preserved with the "Dinah Shore Walk of Champions" at the 18th hole at Mission Hills Country Club. In addition, a statue of Dinah Shore, serving as the walk's focal point, was created by noted sculptor George Montgomery, who was Shore's former husband. The tournament's trophy is called the Dinah Shore Trophy.
Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives. Key funding priorities include: junior golf programs; scholarships and the Dolores Hope LPGA Financial Assistance Initiative for those in the golf industry. The LPGA Foundation is supported by corporate and private donations, foundation grants and contributions from LPGA members. For more information on how to contribute to The LPGA Foundation, please contact LPGA headquarters, 100 International Golf Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, or by phone, 386.274.6200.