July 4, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - University of Wisconsin golfers Lindsay Danielson and Kimberly Dinh repeated as members of the 2012-2013 NGCA All-American Scholar Team by the National Golf Coaches Association.
Danielson, a senior from Osceola, Wis., was named a member of the team for a fourth-straight year. It is the second recognition for Dinh, a redshirt junior from Midland, Mich.
The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 and Division I student-athletes must have competed in at least 60 percent of the school's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.
Danielson completed her career as Wisconsin's all-time leading scorer averaging 75.67 over her four years. She culminated her prestigious career by helping the Badgers to their second-ever appearance in the NCAA championships. Earlier last fall, she carded a career-best, 3-under par (72-86-73=213) to capture her first career individual title at the Hoosier Fall Invitational. The score also tied a school 54-hole record.
A leader off the course, Danielson was chosen as one of 24 Big Ten Conference student-athletes named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2012-13 academic year. These individuals were chosen from a group of over 300 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. The finance major was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2012.
In her second season of competition, Dinh ranked third on the team in scoring averaging 77.22 in 2012-13. She won her first collegiate individual title last spring at the BYU Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah, shooting an even par 72-70-74--216. She most recently was the low amateur while placing sixth overall with a 1 under 72-72-71--215 in the 2013 Michigan PGA Women's Open Championship at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Mich. The 215 was a 54-hole personal best.
She was a member of the UW's NCAA championship qualifying team where she was the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship. A chemical engineering major at Wisconsin, Dinh carries a 4.0 cumulative GPA.
She was presented with the award during the NCAA Division I Women's Golf banquet on Sunday in Athens, Ga. 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. Dinh is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2012 and 2013.
Danielson and Dinh are the 15th and Dinh the 16th Badgers in school history to be named an NGCA All-American Scholar. Dinh is the eighth player to receive the honor in multiple years. The Badgers have a long history of multiple winners of the award including Erika Brown and Dana Tzakis in 1995; Rheba Mabie and Andrea Meeker in 1997; Meeker, Kelly Trapp and Allie Blomquist in 1999 and 2000; Blomquist and Katie Connelly in 2001; Connelly and Lindsay McMillan in 2003 and now Danielson and Dinh in 2012 and 2013.