2005 Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete Team
Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The MVC Tournament medalist Meaghan LeBlanc of Bradley highlights the 2005 MVC Women’s Scholar-Athlete First Team, announced by the league office today. A total of six student-athletes earned first-team scholar-athlete honors, and an additional four earned honorable-mention status.

2005 MVC Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Team
Kelly Gerlach, SIU, So., 3.46 Political Science/History
Sally Hinton, SMS, So., 3.56 Geography
Meaghan LeBlanc, BU*, Jr., 3.66 Finance
Dana Moening, UNI*, Jr., 3.79 Biology: Biomedical
Natalie Parker, SIU, So., 3.87 Finance/Accounting
Samantha Richdale, ISU*, Jr., 3.42 Chemistry

Honorable Mention
Maureen Gross, CU, So., 3.682 Biology/Pre-Med
Megan Hanson, SMS^, Sr., 3.65 Elementary Education
Ashlie Rose, ISU^, Jr., 3.53 Business Administration
Carly Sobel, BU#, Sr., 3.37 Business Mgmt. & Admin.

*repeat first-team selections; ^honorable mention in 2004; #honorable mention in 2003 and 2004

LeBlanc was a unanimous selection to the six-person first team, and she is one of three student-athletes who are repeat selections to the league's scholar-athlete unit. LeBlanc is joined by Dana Moening of UNI and Samantha Richdale of Illinois State, both first-team picks as sophomores last year. Also on the first-team unit are sophomore teammates Kelly Gerlach and Natalie Parker of Southern Illinois, and sophomore Sally Hinton of Southwest Missouri State.

Honorable mention selections include Maureen Gross of Creighton; Megan Hanson of SMS; Ashlie Rose of Illinois State; and Carly Sobel of Bradley.

Five of the honorees were also all-conference selections, announced following the league championship on April 19. Four (Gerlach, Hinton, LeBlanc, and Richdale) earned all-conference and first-team scholar-athlete honors, while Rose was a first-team all-conference pick and honorable mention scholar-athlete.

The criteria for the MVC scholar-athlete team parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for academic all-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale). Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institutions and must have participated in at least 50 percent of her team’s rounds or played at the Missouri Valley Championship.

In addition to the six first-team selections, an additional four student-athletes received honorable mention selection, by virtue of receiving a minimum number of votes. A total of 22 student-athletes were nominated for women’s golf scholar-athlete honors. Golf sports information directors in the conference voted for the award.

Illinois State won the Missouri Valley Conference championship, April 17-19, at Springfield, Mo.