TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The No. 15 ranked Florida State Women’s Golf team was awarded with the Golden Torch for academic excellence at the 28th Annual Golden Torch Banquet in the Champions Club at Doak Campbell Stadium. The banquet has been sponsored by the Student Athlete Academic Services Office since its inception in 1991.
It marked the third consecutive year that the Women’s Golf Team has won the Golden Torch Award as the Florida State athletics team with the highest GPA.
The Seminole Women’s Golf Team earned a cumulative GPA of 3.655. Each of the eight members of the team earned a GPA above 3.0 for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. As a team, the Seminoles earned a cumulative GPA of 3.539 in 2015-16 and 3.591 in 2016-17.
“To win the Golden Torch Award in consecutive years is special,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “We appreciate how hard each team on this campus works not only on their athletic fields of competition but in the class room. Our success academically, coupled with our second-best national finish in the history of our program continues to make us very proud of our student-athletes. The academic success of the women on our team is the cornerstone of our success.”
The Seminoles’ success in the classroom continues one of the great academic traditions that helps define the women’s golf program.
An incredibly high academic standard has been set by the members of the Women’s Golf Team in recent years. That list includes 11 Presidents List recipients (signifying a perfect 4.0 grade point average), every member of the team being named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll the last two seasons, nine players named to the WGCA Academic All-American Team and at least four Seminoles named to the All-ACC Women’s Golf Team in each of the last four years.
Because of the academic standards set by Bond and her coaching staff, the Seminoles have a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 1.000 in Bond’s first eight seasons as Florida State’s Head Coach. The APR measures the academic success and graduation rates of Division I Student-Athletes as instituted in 2003 by the NCAA.
Junior Ashley Mangan, who has earned Dean’s List honors three times and been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in both of her first two seasons, certainly understands the academic ideals of the program.
“When I arrived at Florida State as a freshman, all of the players on the team were good students and role models,” said Mangan. “It helps to be successful in the classroom when you are surrounded by people who are working hard to be successful as well.”
The Seminoles’ academic success is also important to the athletics administration at Florida State.
“It is a great pleasure to work with this special group of ladies,” said Shawn Wagner of Florida State’s Academic Support Unit. “Their commitment to academics allows them to consistently post team GPAs above 3.50 while competing at a high level is exceptional. That commitment speaks to the strong culture of success set by Coach Bond and her staff. On top of being well-rounded student-athletes, these ladies have such a strong level of character, eagerness to serve in the community and vision for life after graduation that makes advising each of them a privilege.”