TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Seven members of the nationally ranked Florida State Women’s Golf Team – Amanda Doherty, Caroline Hodge, Elle Johnson, Kathleen Sumner, Sandra Salonen, Puk Lyng Thomsen and Amelia Williamson – have been named to the 2020 ACC Academic Honor Roll. It marks the ninth consecutive year at least seven members of the Women’s Golf Team have been honored for academic success by the ACC.
The seven women’s golfers are among a school-record 301 Florida State student-athletes named to the 2020 ACC Academic Honor Roll.
The seven Seminoles named to the 2020 ACC Academic Honor Roll have been named to the prestigious Academic List a total of 17 times. Doherty and Salonen were named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll during each year of their careers as Seminole golfers.
“’m very proud of each of the women on our team because they all enjoyed fabulous success during the fall and spring seasons in 2019-20,” said Head Coach Amy Bond. “They all performed well on the golf course and in the classroom while achieving the goals they set for themselves. Congratulations to Amanda and Sandra who both graduated from Florida State in May. I’m also very pleased that all the players on our team are on track to graduate in four years which is something we take a lot of pride in as a program.”
In addition to seven members of the women’s golf team being named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll, Bond’s program eared a special recognition from the NCAA with a perfect APR Graduation Rate of 1.000 of for the 10th consecutive season. The APR measures eligibility, retention, and graduation of student-athletes.
During the spring 2020 season, the Seminoles earned a cumulative team grade point average of 3.74 with two golfers (Doherty and Johnson) named to the President’s List (4.0 GPA) and three (Hodge, Sumner and Williamson) named to the Dean’s List (3.5).
“The ACC Honor Roll recognizes student athletes who earn a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for the academic year,” said Maggie Dunn, Assistant Director of the of Florida State’s Student Athlete Academic Services Unit. “To have seven of our women’s golfers earn this award is incredible. It is a testament to their dedication to excellence in the classroom, through the abrupt end to their season and transition to online learning for the rest of the spring term. We are so proud of these young women for their adaptability, resilience, and how they have represented Florida State as a whole.”
The members of the 2020 Seminole women’s golf team have earned academic honors at Florida State a total of 26 times (11 President’s List Honors and 15 Dean’s List Honors). Doherty (five President’s / three Dean’s) graduated with Academic Honors (Summa Cum Laude) with a degree in Sport Management while Salonen (three Dean’s) also earned her degree in Sport Management during Florida State’s first ever virtual commencement on May 2, 2020.
Doherty and Salonen have now been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for times, while Sumner (three), Thomsen (two) and Williamson (two) have been named to the list multiple times in their careers. Hodge and Johnson were both named to the team for the first times in their careers.
Doherty also completed her career as a three-time All-American for her success on the golf course.
Sumner, who is ranked in the top-15 in school history for career stroke average, has been academically successful.
“Academics has always been pretty important to me,” said Sumner who is Florida State’s only rising senior. “I enjoy class and learning. It’s a pretty big accomplishment for me and so many members of our team to be on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. It is one of the things that helps motivate me to always work hard in the classroom.”
The ACC Academic Honor Roll consists of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. The conference recognized a record 5,609 student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom.
Florida State finished the 2020 season ranked No. 22 by GolfStat and No. 24 by GolfWeek – the fifth consecutive season the Seminoles have finished the year ranked within the nation’s top-25 teams by GolfWeek: 2020 (No 24), 2019 (No. 10), 2018 (No. 19), 2017 (No. 6) and 2016 (No 24).