Women's Golf receives NCAA Public Recognition Award

May 12, 2010

CORVALLIS - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Wednesday that the Oregon State University women's golf team has been honored as recipients of the organization's Public Recognition Awards for academic achievement.

Head coach Ris¸ Lakowske's team has posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.15 through winter term of this academic year, and during the period of study for this Academic Performance Program (APR) cycle, the team has a cumulative GPA of 3.04.

'It is a wonderful honor to be recognized for our program's prolonged success in the classroom,' Lakowske said. 'The sport of golf requires a high commitment to follow through, to finish things and to be mentally tough. I think this award is a great example of a lot of young women following through on their responsibilities to acquire their degrees and stay committed in the classroom.'

The NCAA recognized more than 800 Division I sports teams for their exceptional work in the classroom as part of the NCAA's Academic Performance Program (APR). The awards are given annually to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.

Oregon State's women's track and cross country teams received the Public Recognition Award in May of 2008.

Full APR scores for all Division I sports teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released later this spring.

As APR scores improve, the threshold for teams to earn a place in the top 10 percent in their sport continues to rise.

'Most Division I student-athletes and teams take seriously their dual responsibilities in the classroom and on the court or field of play, but every year there is a special category of teams that perform exceptionally well and deserve this noteworthy recognition,' NCAA Interim President Jim Isch said.

The APR provides a real-time view of a team's academic success by tracking the progress of each student-athlete during the school year. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

An APR score of 925 is the minimum level of academic success; teams scoring below 925 can lose scholarships and face other sanctions over time, including bans on postseason play.

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