NM State Women's Golf Receives NCAA Academic Award

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's golf team recently received the NCAA Public Recognition Award, which is bestowed on the teams that have an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sport.

The Aggie women's golf team owns a 3.60 team grade point average and that is the highest of any team at NM State. The team's APR is 1,000, which is high above the NCAA standard of 925.

"We have high-expectations in the classroom for the student-athletes that join our team," head coach Paul Brilliant said. "Our student-athletes learn our to manage their time with practice, a vigorous travel schedule, and school work and continue to succeed in the class."

The Academic Progress Rate is a Division I metric developed to track the academic achievement of teams each academic term. Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. A team's total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by one thousand to equal the team's Academic Progress Rate score.

Teams that score below 925 and have a student-athlete who both failed academically and left school can lose scholarships (up to 10 percent of their scholarships each year) under the immediate penalty structure.

Sophomore Mieke Canan, who is pursing a degree in agriculture proves Brilliant's point about his student-athletes succeed in the classroom as she posted a perfect 4.0 last spring, while sophomore Demi Mak is working towards a degree in foreign language was named to the 2011 National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Scholar Team along with Canan and former Aggie Apinporn (Mint) Swaschuto.

"Our student-athletes understand the importance of a quality education," Brilliant said. "When a student-athlete leaves our program, we are sure they will move onto bigger and better opportunities."