AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Jaguar Women's Golf team was the recent recipient of the NCAA Public Recognition Award, bestowed to Division I athletic teams that compete while maintaining an academic progress rate in the top-10 percent for their individual sport.
Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate, over 1,000 teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for academic excellence throughout the 2013-14 seasons.
The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance. The 1,049 teams publicly recognized for high achievement this year, represent 631 women's teams and 418 men's or mixed squads. In 2013, 976 teams were recognized.
The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top-10 teams earning a perfect APR.
With a strong last season that saw them notch eight top-five finishes and a regular season-ending victory in the Rebel Intercollegiate, the GRU Augusta Women's Golf team reached the NCAA regionals for the fourth time in the 13-year history of the program and its third trip for the Jaguars under head coach Kory Thompson who is in her fourth year in Augusta, Ga. Thompson took the Jags to the NCAA Regional in 2012, guided Casey Kennedy and Natalie Wille as individuals in 2013, and brought a starting-five lineup in 2014.