Salukis land three WGCA All-American Scholars

    Junior Cassie Rushing was named a WGCA All-American Scholar for the second consecutive season.

    Junior Cassie Rushing was named a WGCA All-American Scholar for the second consecutive season.
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    July 2, 2013


    By Tyler Wooten

    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Saluki women's golf student-athletes Mattie Lindner, Shaina Rennegarbe and Cassie Rushing were each honored as All-American Scholars, as voted on by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) and announced by the association on Monday.

    A total of 644 women's collegiate golfers were recognized for the 2012-13 season. The WGCA All-American Scholar Team holds some of the highest qualifying criteria in all of college athletics, as student-athletes must hold a minimum GPA of 3.50 to be eligible.

    Lindner, Rennegarbe and Rushing are the 53rd, 54th and 55th Salukis in SIU history to be named All-American Scholars. In her first two seasons as head coach, Alexis Mihelich has racked up seven All-American Scholars after claiming four in 2012 (Ryann Gilley, Alisha Matthews, Ashleigh Rushing and Cassie Rushing).

    Lindner, a freshman journalism major from Lebanon, Ind., played in all 12 tournaments for the Salukis in 2012-13, posting an 82.2 average -- the fifth best on the squad.

    Rennegarbe, a senior biology major from Addieville, Ill.,is a 2012-13 All-MVC selection and honorable mention MVC Scholar-Athlete, and she concluded her career as only the seventh Saluki in school history to have a career average below 80.



    This is the second consecutive honor for Rushing, a junior sports administration major from Marion, Ill., who in 2012-13 earned All-MVC and first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete distinctions. During her junior season she led the Salukis in stroke average (77.5), par or better rounds (four), finished third in the conference in stroke average and moved up in the SIU record books with her 56th career round under 80. In addition to her excellence on the links, Rushing was named the Undergraduate Sports Administration Student of the Year.

    "These ladies have a demonstrated commitment to not only their athletic careers here at SIU, but their academic success as well," Mihelich said.