Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate women's golfers Malika Allie and Rachel Reiling have earned All-America Scholar honors from the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) for excellence in the classroom.
The WGCA honored 644 women's golfers in NCAA Division I, II and III for their academic excellence in 2012-13. The organization names All-America Scholars for those individuals who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, one of the most stringent criteria for academic honors in all of college athletics.
"I am very proud and excited for Malika and Rachel," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "Balancing academic and athletic efforts so well and the fact that they played their best golf near the end of the season makes this award more impressive. Achieving perfect 4.0 GPAs as a sophomore and freshman shows a bright future and I know they will represent Upstate women's golf proudly for years to come."
Allie, a freshman from Cape Town, South Africa, posted a perfect 4.0 GPA for the year while playing in six tournaments for Upstate. A Business Administration major, she was one of eight Spartan student-athletes to earn a perfect 4.0 GPA for the year.
Reiling, a sophomore from Littleton, Colo., also posted a perfect 4.0 GPA for the year and joined Allie as one of eight Spartan student-athletes to earn a 4.0 in 2012-13. A Physical Education major with a concentration in exercise science, she was one of three players to play in all 10 events for the women's golf team in 2012-13.
Allie and Reiling helped the women's golf team battle at the top of the athletic department for academic standing. The women's team posted a 3.202 GPA in the fall of 2012 and a 3.259 GPA this past spring. The two also helped Upstate women's golf achieve program milestones, including recording the lowest season stroke average in program history.