Witucki, Whitten, Manuel earn prestigious All-America Scholar awards

Witucki, Whitten, Manuel earn prestigious All-America Scholar awards

The Maryville College golf squads saw a trio of Scots honored as All-America Scholars by national publications for the 2017-18 academic year.

Freshman Katelyn Witucki was tabbed to the Women's Golf Coaches Association's list, while the Golf Coaches Association of America named senior Doug Whitten and junior Wil Manuel to its respective list.

Witucki adds to her impressive list of accomplishments during her first season in the Orange and Garnet, as she becomes just the fourth Maryville College women's golfer to reach the national All-America Scholars honor.

Witucki joins Alyse Ray, Sarah Edmiston andSarah Grace Holland as the only female Scots honored in school history. Both Ray and Edmiston won the award multiple times in their career.

"Katelyn not only set the standard for our team when she was on the coure, but she did so when she was in the classroom, as well," Maryville College Director of Golf Ron Waters said.

The Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) honored a total of 1,011 women's collegiate golfers across all divisions with the prestigious accolade. Witucki is one of just 446 freshmen nationwide on the All-America Scholars role, as she ranks one of just 38 Division III freshmen on the WGCA tally.

The criteria for selection to the WGCA All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

Witucki is one of only eight female golfers to be honored by the WGCA within the USA South Athletic Conference footprint.

Additionally, eight USA South men's golfers were honored by the Golf Coaches Association of the America, including the Scots' Whitten and Manuel.

Both Whitten and Manuel led the Scots to the programs most successful season, as the duo helped the team break every single-season record within the Maryville College record book during 2017-18.

In all, the Golf Coaches Association of America's Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars release honored 99 Division III men's golfers, as Whitten and Manuel are just two of the three Maryville College golfers be named.

Whitten becomes the first two-time recipient of the honor in MC men's golf history, as Manuel will have the chance to become the second during his senior campaign.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or a senior academically, compete in at least three full years of collegiate golf, compete in 50 percent of competitive rounds and have a stroke-average of 79.0 or lower, while maintaining a 3.2 GPA.

"I'm proud of Doug," Waters said. "To earn this award twice, that's quite an accomplishment. For Wil, it's an honor to see him improve on the golf course. We set this as a goal for him, and we hope that he can do it again next year. I'm happy with our success, both on the course and in the classroom."

The Maryville College golf squad now prepares for the 2018-19 campaign.

Witucki will lead the women's golf squad in the Rhodes Classic in Memphis, Tenn. on Sept. 8-9, as Manuel will propel the men's squad to the Tom Kinder Memorial in Harrisonburg, Va. on Sept. 17-18.