July 9, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma's Emily Collins and Taylor Schmidt were recently named to the National Golf Coaches Association's All-American Scholar Team.
Collins, a sophomore this past year for the Sooners, and Schmidt, a junior, were among 585 NCAA Division I, II and III golfers honored for their academic achievement. Among the requirements for inclusion on the team is a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
"I'm really proud of Taylor and Emily for being named All-American Scholars," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "They are a true example of what it means to be a student-athlete."
For Collins, a communications major from Colleyville, Texas, the All-American honor was her second in two years. Also a member of this year's Academic All-Big 12 First Team, Collins competed in nine of OU's 11 events as a sophomore (missed first two due to illness) and averaged 77.3 strokes per round. She claimed five top-50 finishes, including a 19th-place showing at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.
Schmidt, also an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree, competed in all 11 tournaments this season and averaged a career-low 75.4 strokes per round. The Kincardine, Ontario, native, who is majoring in human relations, posted seven top-30 and a pair of top-10 finishes this year. Schmidt finished in a season-best eighth place at both the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic and the Clover Cup. She also tied for 16th at the Big 12 Championship.
The Sooners finished in sixth place at the NCAA Championships in May, tying a school best.