Kansas' Woods Honored for Success in the Classroom

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LAWRENCE, Kansas – Kansas graduate Michelle Woods was selected by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association as a member of the All-American Scholar Team, the organization announced early this week. Woods was one of more than 750 golfers that made the cut and was tipped off on the award a couple weeks ago by Kansas head coach Erin O’Neil while working a tournament in Orlando during a summer internship with the American Junior Golf Association.

Woods, who made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and Big 12 Commissioners Honor Roll her freshman, sophomore and junior years, and was named Academic All-Big 12 First Team after this season, adds another to a list of an impressive achievements as a student-athlete at KU. 

The WGCA’s criteria includes being of high moral character, maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher throughout one’s entire collegiate career, as well as participation in at least 50 percent of the university’s regularly-scheduled competitive rounds, not including individual competition. The student-athlete must also be in good standing at the university and must be in attendance for the entire academic year. 

Woods says it has always been important for her to be the best she can be in everything she is involved in, including academics.

“If you are slacking in one area of your life, some of the other things are going to start slipping as well,” Woods said. “It’s really important to get your education and make school as much of a priority as your sport.”

She joins former Kansas women’s golfers Chelsey Prior, Jennifer Bawanan, Amanda Costner, Sydney Wilson, Katy Nugent, Meghan Gockel, and Meghan Potee as distinguished honorees. They all received WGCA All-American Scholar honors one or more times in their collegiate careers. Former teammate Gabriella DiMarco also received the honor in 2012.

Woods, who spent the week in Wisconsin continuing her internship with the AJGA, will attend the University of Tennessee in the fall working towards a master’s degree in sports management. At UT, she will be working as a graduate assistant in the athletic department’s student-athlete development office.

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