Xavier Women's Golf Team Ninth In WGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Top 25 Rankings

All-BIG EAST golfer Ariel McNair was one of six Musketeers named a WGCA All-American Scholar.

All-BIG EAST golfer Ariel McNair was one of six Musketeers named a WGCA All-American Scholar.

July 8, 2014

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CINCINNATI - Xavier women's golf is among the best in the nation when it comes to commitment to academic achievement. In rankings released by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Xavier rated ninth in the country in team grade-point average, with a cumulative score of 3.729 for the 2013-14 school year. Additionally six members of the Xavier University women's golf team were among the 21 BIG EAST athletes honored individually for their academic excellence. Christine Cash, Ariel McNair, Kristin Tan, Shane Crutchfield, Grace Howie and Rachel Johnson were named All-American Scholars by the WGCA.

"These young ladies led us to the best year of women's golf in school history and our best year in the classroom in school history," said head coach Tom Elfers.

The student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II and III programs earned a spot on the list by having a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50.

Success on and off the course is nothing new for the Musketeer women's golf program. During the 2013-14 season, the team won the Red Rocks Invitational and the Rio Verde Invitational and finished fourth at the BIG EAST Championships.

Graduating senior Christine Cash of Paducah, Ky., adds this award to the others she had collected during her Xavier career, including being named a WGCA All-American Scholar and earning a place on the CAA All-Conference Second Team in 2012.

Ariel McNair of Aurora, Ohio concluded her Xavier career with a strong senior season, earning a spot on the All-BIG EAST Women's Golf Team after finishing seventh at the BIG EAST Championship.

Seattle, Wash. native Kristin Tan concluded her Xavier career in the 2013-14 season, posting two top-five individual finishes during her time as a Musketeer, placing second at the 2011 Memphis Women's Fall Invitational and third at the 2014 White Wing JV Invitational.

After setting a Xavier record for lowest scoring average for a freshman (77.0) during the 2012-13 season, Shane Crutchfield of St. Petersburg, Fla., continued to excel on the course during her sophomore campaign. Crutchfield shot an average of 76.13 for the 2013-14 season and earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Women's Golf team.

During her rookie season, Grace Howie of Calgary, Alberta, Canada saw success on the course, participating in 11 tournaments while averaging 78.77 per round and finishing 16th at the BIG EAST Championship.

Nashville, Tenn. native Rachel Johnson played in eight tournaments during her freshman season, taking home a second-place finish from the 2014 White Wing JV Invitational.

The Musketeers' six honorees on the WGCA All-American Scholars list were the most among BIG EAST schools, followed by four from Creighton and three from Butler, Georgetown and Seton Hall. St. John's placed a pair.