Caroline Powers Receives Alderton Award for Third Straight Year
June 5, 2013
GEORGE ALDERTON FEMALE CO-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
(Presented to top female athlete of 2012-13)
CO-WINNER: Caroline Powers (Golf)
BIG TEN CONFERENCE MEDAL OF HONOR
(Presented to a male and female student-athlete at each conference institution for outstanding athletic and academic achievement)
FEMALE WINNER: Caroline Powers (Golf)
CHESTER BREWER LEADERSHIP AWARD
(Presented to a graduating senior in his or her last year of eligibility for distinguished performance in athletics and scholarship and for possessing a high degree of leadership qualities and skill.)
WINNER: Caroline Powers (Golf)
The most decorated women's golfer in Michigan State history, senior Caroline Powers is only the second women's athlete in Michigan State history to earn the Alderton Award three times, joining diver Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse (1989-91).
Powers also was named the female winner of the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor and the recipient of the Chester Brewer Leadership Award. She is the first student-athlete in MSU history to receive the Alderton Award, Brewer Award and Conference Medal of Honor in the same year.
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.
"This is pretty overwhelming - it's just so surreal," said Powers. "The first year I got it (the Alderton Award), I was pretty shocked. After that, I still just went about my business each day. It's exciting to see that I was able to maintain that consistency and still reach the goals that I had each year. These awards are an extra bonus for a special year.
"Coach (Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll) did a great job encouraging us that all aspects of our lives are important. I feel like the support I received at Michigan State set me up for success, everyone from coach to (assistant coach) Lorne (Don) to (academic coordinator) Melissa Tallant to T-Mac (trainer Tom Mackowiak) to my teammates. I feel like these awards are a really good reflection of the program and not just me individually. It definitely was a team effort and a lot of people have helped me get to this point."
"For everything that Caroline accomplished and represents, every decision she made, you just can't say enough good things about her," said women's golf head coach(Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "She does it with class, and she's so humble. She's received all these awards because she does what she loves to do. She loves to help people and she loved her experience at Michigan State, and it showed in everything she did these past four years."
A three-time honorable mention All-American and All-Big Ten First Team selection, 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 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. She 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).
In the classroom, Powers graduated in May with a 3.87 GPA in elementary education and earned All-America Scholar honors from the NGCA three times and was 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 addition, Powers was the recipient of Michigan State's Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award. The award is presented to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the goals of the PACT (Putting Athletes and Community Together) program, excelling in the field of community service and outreach. As the President of the 2012-13 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Powers actively participated in numerous events throughout the Greater Lansing area, including March is Reading Month, Chuck A Puck, Teddy Bear Toss, and the Student-Athlete Food Drive.
This marks the seventh time a women's golfer has won the Alderton Award (Powers, 2011-13; Sara Brown, 2007-08; Emily Bastel, 2000, 2002).
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