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July 19, 2004

USI women’s golf has three named All-American Scholars

The National Golf Coaches Association named University of Southern Indiana senior Jennifer Beaman (Evansville, Indiana), sophomore Tara Ulmer (Bluffton, Indiana), and freshman Megan Pendergraff (Henderson, Kentucky) All-American Scholars for the 2003-04 season.

Beaman, who won the Evansville Courier & Press Women’s City Golf Tournament, ranked third on the team in 2003-04 with a career-best 84.0 strokes per round (spr) average. The four-time Academic All-GLVC performer improved greatly this season, shaving over nine strokes per round off of her average.

Beaman also was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V team earlier this summer, led the Eagles in the GLVC Tournament last fall, tying for sixth by shooting a two-round 157 (80-77). She also was second on the team in the NCAA II East Regional with a three-round 251 (84-86-81) to finish 19th.

Ulmer, who also was named Academic All-GLVC for the second straight season, improved 9.9 strokes per round over her freshman year with the Eagles and averaged 84.8 strokes per round in 12 tournaments. Her best tournament was at the GLVC Championship when she shot a career-best 36-hole 158 by shooting a 79 in each round.

Named All-GLVC and Academic All-GLVC performer as a freshman, Pendergraff tied for first on the team with an 80.6 spr in 12 tournaments and led the Eagles during the fall season with a 79.9 spr in six tournaments. The freshman also held the USI 36-hole record for a short time, shooting a 151 (76-75) in the Cardinal Classic hosted by Ball State University.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 (3.40 for seniors in Division II and III) and student-athletes must have competed in at least 66% of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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