posted July 6, 2010

Three Flying Dutch Golfers Named All-American Scholars

Three members of the 2009-10 Hope College women's golf team have been named All-American Scholars by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA).

Honored were Megan Scholten of Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Christian HS), Cassie Sneller of Holland (Hamilton HS), and Lauren Zandstra of Flushing (Flushing HS). Sneller was the senior captain of the team. Scholten and Zandstra will be juniors on next year's team.

The criteria included a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 during the academic year. Student-athletes must have competed in at least two-thirds of the college's competitive rounds.

Sneller was a special education major with a learning disabilities emphasis. Scholten is an economics major while Zandstra is majoring in chemistry.

The 2009-10 Dutch, coached by Greg Stafford, finished third in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) standings and were ranked 15th nationally in the Golf World/NGCA Division III Coaches' Poll.

The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA 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 NGCA represents nearly 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.