July 3, 2013

Four Butler Athletes Earn Golf Academic Recognition

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler golfers Isabella Lambert, Julia Porter, Ali Arends and Nicole Johnson have been named to the 2012-13 Division I All-American Scholar Team by the National Golf Coaches Association.  The NGCA honored a total of 644 women's collegiate golfers in Division I, II & III for academic excellence.

The four golfers helped the Bulldogs a team title at the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship in Butler's first year in the league.  That title, Butler's third consecutive conference championship, earned the Bulldogs a third straight trip to the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship.  The league title was Butler's seventh in nine years.

Lambert, a biology major, was named to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team for the second straight year.  She finished as the team's second-leading scorer with a 77.9 average, and she led the squad with 10 "Top 5" tournament finishes, including a medalist finish at the MAAC Championship.  She was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.

Porter, a communications sciences and disorders major, was named to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team for the third straight year.  She finished her final season as Butler's third-leading scorer with a career-best 82.1 average and she had one "Top 5" tournament finish.  The Butler senior placed 12th at the MAAC Championship, and she was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.

Arends, a middle/secondary education major, was Butler's fifth leading scorer with an 85.0 average, while Johnson, a finance major, finished sixth on the squad with an 87.0 average.  Arends had a pair of "Top 5" tournament finishes, while Johnson had one.

The criteria for selection to the All-American scholar Team are among the most stringent in all of college athletics.  Athletes must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) and must have participated in 50% of the team's regularly-scheduled competitive rounds.