Dowdy and van Niekerk Named NGCA All-American Scholars|
July 2, 2009
Dowdy competed in 11 tournaments during the year and was the first Red Raider to win a tournament since 2004, when she won the Challenge at Wolfdance. The senior had a 75.9 stroke average and eight top 20 places during the season. She finished with a 3.516 GPA and a degree in communication studies
Van Niekerk played in 10 tournaments and had the best stroke average of the team with a 75.8. She had four top 10 finishes and nine top 20 finishes on the season. The senior is an environmental engineering major with a 3.731 GPA.
The All-American Scholar Team criteria are some of the most difficult in college athletics to accomplish. A student-athlete must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and must have played in at least 50% of the school's regularly scheduled rounds during the year.