Kaufman Rewarded As First Team Academic All-American|
Kim Kaufman was named a first team Capital One Academic All-American Thursday.
June 6, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - For as much success as Kim Kaufman has achieved on the course during her four-year career, the senior golfer has never failed in the classroom, either.
Backed by a 4.0 grade-point average in political science, Kaufman was named a first team Capital One Academic All-American Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
It is the highest academic honor in school history for a Texas Tech women's golfer and continues a trend of firsts for Kaufman as she recently became the first Lady Raider to be named an All-American in multiple seasons by both the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and Golfweek Magazine.
"Kim has been a great example of a student-athlete since the day she arrived on campus," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "She was extremely dedicated in her academics as well as her golf. She proved that you can do both and do it at a very high level. We are very proud of Kim for all that she has accomplished."
Kaufman was one of three golfers around the country to be named to the women's at-large first team, joining Amy Amerdson (North Dakota State) and Stephanie Meadow (Alabama). The at-large category encompasses the sports of golf, tennis, swimming and diving, ice hockey, bowling, gymnastics, lacrosse, and water polo among others.
The Clark, S.D. native became the first Lady Raider to ever receive Academic All-America honors a year ago as she was named to the Capital One third team. She is the second Tech student-athlete to earn first team Academic All-America recognition this past year as football's Cody Davis earned the honor as well.
Kaufman concluded her record-setting career this spring with her best performance to date as she snapped the Tech single-season stroke average record with a 72.3 mark en route to leading the Lady Raider to their fourth-straight trip to an NCAA Regional, the longest streak in program history.
She ended the year with a 74.0 stroke average for her career, narrowly outlasting teammate Gabby Dominguez for the school record that previously belonged to Rosalyn Kim's 76.3 clip from the 2005-09 seasons.
The performance earned Kaufman second team All-America honors by the WGCA and then third team All-America accolades by Golfweek. In addition, Kaufman was also honored on the All-Big 12 postseason team for the second-straight year following the conference tournament.
Her work in the classroom was not neglected, either, as she was named the Big 12's first-ever Scholar Athlete of the Year while also picking up Academic All-Big 12 honors for the third-straight season as well.
Kaufman graduated with her degree in political science this spring and will continue her golfing career with several amateur events to go along with multiple tournaments on the professional circuit.