LeeAnn Noble and Casey Truelove, student-athletes on the University of North Georgia Women's Golf Team, were honored recently by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) as All-American Scholars.
Maintaining a high GPA during any college career is challenging, but for student-athletes who spend much of their free time representing their school in athletics, the challenge is magnified.
"I am so proud of these two young ladies. Casey and LeeAnn are both very deserving of this recognition," said Leigh Ann Hunter, head women's golf coach. "They are hard workers both in the classroom and on the golf course, not to mention great people. They are leaders on our team and a shining example of Division II's philosophy of Life in the Balance."
The WGCA recognized 644 female golfers in the NCAA's three divisions with this honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA required is 3.5.
"I constantly remind our student-athletes that 'student' comes first for a reason. Our athletics administration and coaches emphasize this as well," said Margaret Poitevint, UNG's faculty athletics representative. "LeeAnn and Casey are outstanding young ladies who exemplify the true meaning of student-athlete. They do excellent work in the classroom, while putting in hours of practice and time away from school for competitions. I am thankful for all the professors who work so closely with our student-athletes when they have to be away from class."
Noble has a 3.76 GPA as a pre-nursing major at UNG. The Gainesville, Ga., sophomore participated in 18 rounds for the Nighthawks this season, posting an 88.6 scoring average. She posted her low round of 79 at the Birmingham Southern College Shootout.
Noble plans to graduate in 2015 with an Associate of Science in nursing; afterward she wants to immediately return to pursue a bachelor's.
"Academics have always been important to me; education is what will take you far in life, to wherever you want to go," Noble said.
Truelove, a junior from Dalton, Ga., participated in 21 rounds with an 84.2 scoring average this season, with her low score of 78 coming at the Lander University Lady Bearcat Invitational. She has a 3.62 GPA as an accounting and finance major.
"I like to set academic goals at the beginning of each season so that I can have something to work towards. I decided I wanted to achieve a 4.0 for last semester and it was very rewarding to turn that goal into reality," Truelove said.
Truelove plans to graduate next spring with a bachelor's in accounting and finance. She is currently weighing her post-graduate options, such as becoming a Certified Professional Accountant or applying for graduate schools.
"UNG and especially the Mike Cottrell College of Business have given me a great experience so far," Truelove said. "The accounting department has worked very hard over the past few years in order to get a Beta Alpha Psi program started, which was officially recognized last spring. As a member of Beta Alpha Psi, I have been able to attend multiple seminars to help me understand the field of accounting. I have been very fortunate to work with such great people."