Colonel golf teams earn NCAA Division I APR Public Recognition Award

Freshman Elisa Orduna Shackleton chips during the FAU Winter Warm-Up hosted by Florida Atlantic University in Feb. 

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s and women’s golf teams received a prestigious NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Award on Tuesday, May 12.

According to the Ohio Valley Conference, the APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport.

All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

“Congratulations to the student-athletes of these two teams who have been role models in the classroom. One of our three primary objectives in athletics is academic excellence, and they have collectively lived up to that standard,” director of athletics Matt Roan said in a press release.

This is the fifth-straight year the Eastern Kentucky women’s golf team has received this honor and the second straight for the men’s program.

Roan credited head coach Mandy Moore and Mike Whitson for their leadership and guidance to help their players. 

“I also want to commend head coaches Mandy Moore and Mike Whitson for providing the leadership to guide their student-athletes to success in the classroom and on the course,” Roan said in a press release.  

In total, 11 different OVC member schools earned at least one award. The 38 programs was a one-year record total for the OVC.

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