The Alabama women's golf team was honored with the NCAA Division I Public Recognition Award Tuesday. It is one of 909 Division I teams to be recognized by the association this year.
"Our women's golf team has been tremendous in its pursuit of excellence both on the course and in the classroom," Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. "This latest honor is further proof that they are a championship-caliber team in all phases of the collegiate experience."
Each year the NCAA honors select Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This award is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The Crimson Tide is one of 71 women's golf teams honored this year and one of 525 women's Division I programs.
"We try to recruit student-athletes who are not only good golfers, but who take their academic pursuits seriously as well," UA head coach Mic Potter said. "The ladies we have on our team are committed academically when they get here. They want to have the highest team grade point average at Alabama, so it doesn't surprise me that the program would be honored for its APR numbers."
Alabama teams have been honored with the NCAA's APR Public Recognition Award eight times since the accolade came into existence following the 2004-05 academic year.
"Overall, I am very pleased with the fact that at least one of our teams has earned this prestigious honor every year since it was first instituted," Moore said.
The Alabama women's golf team won its first Southeastern Conference title in 2010 and its first NCAA Regional Championship last week and is one of the top contenders for the NCAA Championship this weekend after finishing third nationally last year.