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July 3, 2009

2009-2010 Season - Arizpe and Gahn named to NGCA scholar team

Two recently graduated standouts on the Augustana women’s golf team were named to the National Golf Coaches Association “All-American Scholar” team for the 2008-09 season, it was announced today. Rachel Gahn (Edina HS, Edina, Minn.) and Heather Arizpe (Conant HS, Schaumburg, Ill.) were both picked to the elite squad. It was the fourth straight selection for both players.

The criteria selection to the All-America Scholar team are some of the most stringent in college athletics. The minimum grade point average is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 66 percent of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the past year.

Gahn graduated with a grade point average of 3.88 with majors in biochemistry and biology. She was a second team CoSIDA academic all-district selection by ESPN – The Magazine this past spring. Arizpe had a grade point average of 3.58 with majors in Spanish and education.

Gahn was named the “Most Valuable Player” for the Vikings following the 2008-09 season. It was Gahn averaged 83.1 strokes per round to lead the team. She also had the best low round on the squad, firing a 74 on the second day of the St. Ambrose Classic this past fall. Gahn competed in 10 events and was a top-five finisher on six occasions. She finished in the top 20 in all but one event. Gahn was the runner-up at the Augustana Triangular (25 golfers), Augustana Invitational (38 golfers), and St. Ambrose Spring Invitational (51 golfers). She placed third at the Mount Mercy Invitational (68 golfers), North Central Invitational (73 golfers), and St. Ambrose Classic (72 golfers). Gahn also finished seventh at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championship.

Arizpe shared the “Most Inspirational Player” award in 2008-09. She competed in all eight events and had the third lowest scoring average on the team at 91.3 strokes per round. Her best round of the season was an 81 and came on the first day of the St. Ambrose Classic this past fall where Arizpe placed 13th out of 72 golfers. Her best finish of the year was a fourth place showing at the Augustana Invitational this spring. Arizpe also tied for 14th place at the CCIW Championship.