HOLLAND -- Hope College freshman Lacey Wicksall of Traverse City, Mich. capped a brilliant first collegiate season by achieving All-America status as she finished 15th in the final standings of the NCAA Division III golf championships. The four-day, 72-hole tournament was held May 15-18 at the Hickoy Point Golf Course in Decatur, Ill.

Wicksall shot her three consecutive sub-80 rounds to conclude the tournament with a 78.8 stroke average. Her tournament summary was 84-79-74-78--315.

Her average was the third best among the individual qualifiers in the 60-player tournament and the second best among all freshman competitors.

Wicksall was a;so named the national Division III freshman player of the year by the College Golf Coaches Association. She was the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) medalist in her first season after averaging a league-record 80.7 strokes per tournament round.

She becomes the third Hope female golfer to achieve All-America status joining Lisa Stover and Ellen Colenbrander.