PISCATAWAY, NJ — Rutgers women's golf has been recognized as one of the nation's top 25 programs in academic performance by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) for a fourth consecutive year. With a team GPA of 3.832 for the 2019-20 scholastic year, the Scarlet Knights placed third among Power 5 conference programs and tied for 15th among all eligible Division I schools.
Earlier this month, RU had four student-athletes – senior Carrie-Ann Lee, junior Eun Won Park, sophomore Maeve Rossi and freshman Anna-Maria Diederichs – named 2020 WGCA Division I All-America Scholars. Under head coach Kari Williams' leadership, Rutgers has accumulated 27 All-America Scholar awards since 2015. The Scarlet Knights also had four players earn 2020 Academic All-Big Ten honors this spring – Lee, Rossi, senior Ana Cortes and junior Lori Char – as the team produced a 3.94 grade point average to close out the spring semester.
Williams has stressed academic excellence since her arrival "On the Banks”, as the program earned public recognition for its perfect 1,000 multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in the latest report from the NCAA. Since compilation of data began in 2004-05, Rutgers has garnered public recognition for its APR score nine times and has produced a perfect 1,000 the past seven seasons.
The top 25 academic award helps to highlight another successful campaign under Williams, as the team produced its second-lowest team scoring average in program history at 300.85 before the 2019-20 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.