May 29, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior Caroline Powers has been recognized on the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-America Team, garnering honorable mention accolades. Powers is the first Spartan in program history to earn WGCA All-America honors three times (honorable mention in 2011; honorable mention in 2012).
Named the 2013 Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Year, Powers completed her career as the school's all-time record holder in scoring average (74.26) and owns the top three single-season scoring averages in program history, including her record 73.53 she set as a sophomore.
Powers helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012 and a school-record finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the team tied for ninth place. She qualified as an individual for the 2011 NCAA Championships and placed sixth, tied for the highest ever by a Spartan at nationals.
In the classroom, Powers graduated in May with a 3.87 GPA in elementary education and has earned All-American Scholar honors from the NGCA three times and has been named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar twice. She was recently named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dinah Shore Trophy Award by the LPGA Foundation, which is awarded to a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics and athletics, while demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service.
In her senior season, Powers posted six top-10 finishes in MSU's 11 tournaments and compiled a 73.81 average, the third lowest in school history. Powers 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 three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection closed the season ranked No. 30 in the nation by Golfweek and had the highest Golfweek/Sagarin rating in Big Ten competition with a 72.11.
Powers tied for first place at the Central District Invitational on Feb. 19 in Parrish, Fla., and also placed second at the Mary Fossum Invitational and the Mason Rudolph Championship in the fall. She led the team in birdies (91) and shot under-par in six rounds.
The Bowling Green, Ohio, native was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week three times this season and six times in her career, which is third most in conference history.
Powers 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, 2013 Central District Invitational). She qualified for the U.S. Women's Open on May 14 and will compete in the 68th annual tournament June 27-30 in Southampton, N.Y.
WGCA First-Team All-America Team
Brittany Altomare, University of Virginia
Lindy Duncan, Duke University
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, University of Oklahoma
Kyung Kim, USC
Erynne Lee, UCLA
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State University
Stephanie Meadow, University of Alabama
Grace Na, Pepperdine University
Annie Park, USC
Sophia Popov, USC
Paula Reto, Purdue University
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford University
WGCA Second-Team All-America Team
Emilie Burger, University of Georgia
Doris Chen, USC
Hayley Davis, Baylor University
Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State University
Kimberly Kaufman, Texas Tech University
SooBin Kim, University of Washington
Tiffany Lua, UCLA
Erica Popson, University of Tennessee
Demi Runas, University of California, Davis
Emma Talley, University of Alabama
Kelsey Vines, Oklahoma State University
WGCA Honorable Mention All-America Team
Laetitia Beck, Duke University
Celine Boutier, Duke University
Manon Gidali, University of Arizona
Casey Grice, University of North Carolina
Camilla Hedberg, University of Florida
Cassy Isagawa, University of Oregon
Jennifer Kirby, University of Alabama
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt University
Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane University
Caroline Powers, Michigan State University
Krista Puisite, Texas State University
Marta Sanz, Auburn University
Kelly Shon, Princeton University
AC Tanguay, University of Oklahoma
Emily Tubert, University of Arkansas
Lindsey Weaver, University of Notre Dame
Julie Yang, Oklahoma State University
About the Women's Golf Coaches Association
The Women's Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.