Jul 15th, 2013 @ 12:39 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
The Valley City State women's golf team has been honored as one of the top academic programs in the country.

The Viking women were recently named a Top 5 NAIA Scholar-Team for the 2012-13 season. A total of 898 teams were selected NAIA Scholar-Teams. Out of all NAIA teams, VCSU women's golf had the second-best GPA in the country.

With a combined team grade-point average of 3.90, Valley City trailed only Lee's (Tenn.) women's golf squad, which had a combined GPA of 3.93.

VCSU's women's golf team members for 2012-13 were: Alyssa Tait, Sr., Valley City; Ashley Hinrichs, Sr., Harvey, N.D.; Katie Paulson, Sr., Valley City; Haley Christofferson, Fr., Lisbon, N.D.; and Michelle Holien, Fr., Cando, N.D.

"Having the second highest GPA in the nation is quite the accomplishment," said head coach Jamie Paurus. "I am very proud of our team, they truly worked hard on and off the course this last season. They should be proud of this award."

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade-point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.