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Five Sun Devils Named WGCA All-American Scholars
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 07/02/2014
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By Lindsay Gaesser, SDA Media Relations

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—Five members of the Arizona State women’s golf team have been named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, the WGCA announced Wednesday.  The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics.  The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

For the third straight season, Dani Ordonez earned Academic All-American honors. Joining Ordonez on the All-American Scholar Team for the second season in a row are senior Justine Lee and juniors Noemi Jimenez and Emilie Alonso.  Freshman Monica Vaughn also earned the honor. 

Ordonez, who earned a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Business with a certificate in Sustainability from Arizona State in May 2014, competed in eight events during her final season as a Sun Devil.  Despite being hampered for much of the season with a back injury, Ordonez tied her career-low 69 in the final round of the Schooner Fall Classic and recorded a top-10 finish at the Betsy Rawls Invitational.  Ordonez was also named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team for the third season in a row. 

Lee, another 2014 graduate, earned a degree in exercise and wellness.  In her final season at Arizona State, Lee recorded the two lowest rounds for the Sun Devils with a 2-under 68 in rounds two and four at the NCAA Finals to help the team to a fifth place finish.  Excelling both on and off the course, Lee also earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors.        

Jimenez, majoring in interdisciplinary studies, held the highest GPA (3.83) of the Sun Devils.  A WGCA first-team All-American, Jimenez recorded seven top-five finishes, including a first place finish at the NCAA West Regional.  Jimenez also earned All-Pac-12 first team and Pac-12 All-Academic honors.     

Alonso, a communications major, competed in nine events last season and tied her career-low 68 in the second round of the SDSU Farms Invitational.  Alonso’s 3.60 GPA earned her first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors as well. 

Vaughn, also a communications major, had a standout freshman season for the Sun Devils.  Competing in all 12 events, Vaughn recorded four top-10 finishes including a third place finish at the Pac-12 Preview.  She shot a career-low 69 three times last season and earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors.   

With its entire lineup earning Academic All-American honors, the Sun Devils placed the most athletes in the Pac-12 conference on the 2013-14 All-American Scholar Team.  California was second in the conference, with three.  Two golfers each from Washington and Washington State earned honors, while one golfer a piece from Oregon and USC were honored by the WGCA.    

WGCA All-American Scholar  Year   GPA  Major
Dani Ordonez Sr. 3.78 Finance; Business
Justine Lee Sr. 3.58 Exercise & Wellness
Noemi Jimenez Jr. 3.83 Interdisciplinary Studies (Business/Tourism & Development Management) 
Emilie Alonso Jr. 3.60 Communications
Monica Vaughn Fr. 3.57 Communications
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