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Trio Named All-American Scholars by The Women’s Golf Coaches Association

July 6, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Three Southern Miss women’s golfers, Kelly Erasmus, Valentina Haupt and Devon Spriddle, have earned All-American Scholar honors by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) for the 2015-16 academic year.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics with the minimum cumulative grade point average to make the squad being 3.50.

"I'm happy for these three ladies,” said Southern Miss women’s golf coach Erika Brennan. “They work incredibly hard in the classroom and represent us on the course and in the community with class. The Academic All-American standard in women's golf is one of the hardest to achieve of any sport - so to place three of eight on the team is special. We're grateful to their professors and also our academic counsellors and staff."

All three individuals were members of the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll this spring and both Erasmus and Haupt collected league Academic Medals.

Erasmus, from Capetown, South Africa, and Haupt, from Santiago, Chile, played their first year with the program this past season. Spriddle, from Lethbridge, Alberta, completed her third year with the program.

The 2016-17 campaign marks the senior seasons for both Erasmus and Spriddle, while Haupt begins her sophomore year.

About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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