May 19, 2013
Athens, Ga. --- Kimberly Dinh, a redshirt-sophomore golfer at the University of Wisconsin, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship.
Dinh, a chemical engineering major at Wisconsin, currently carries a 4.0 GPA. Dinh was presented with the award during the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf banquet on Sunday in Athens, Ga., where the Badgers will participate in the national championship May 21-24 on the University of Georgia Course.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed. For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite89.
Dinh, from Midland, Mich., led the Badgers in two tournaments and won her first collegiate title shooting a career 54-hole best 72-70-74—216 at the BYU Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah. She ranked third in team scoring with her 77.08 average and played in all 36 rounds for the Badgers this year. She is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was a National Golf Coaches Association Academic Scholar in 2012.