UW-Stout’s Rachel Hernandez (Jr, Madison/Verona), Marie Allo (Jr, Newington, Conn) and Alexa Filipiak (Fr, Elk River, Minn) were selected as 2016-17 All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
Hernandez earned All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) first team honors and placed second at the WIAC Women’s Golf Championship last fall. A Golf Enterprise Management (GEM) major, Hernandez carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.85. Hernandez is receiving the honor for the second consecutive year.
Hernandez, a team captain, was the Blue Devils’ No. 1 player for the season, playing all 20 rounds and finished with a stroke average of 80.5, taking nearly three strokes off her average from the previous season. 83.1. Hernandez hit a career-low 75 at the D3 Classic last September and played 10 rounds below 80. Hernandez placed 46th at the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship in May. The Blue Devils have qualified twice to the national meet as team during Hernandez’s three seasons.
Allo and Filipiak were first time Blue Devil players.
Allo transferred to UW-Stout for the 2016-17 season and led the Blue Devils at the NCAA Division III Championship, finishing 41st. Allo shot three of Stout’s lowest rounds at the national meet, carding a 80-79-80-85 to finish with 324. Only Hernandez’s first round 76 was a lower Blue Devil single round score. Allo, a Golf Enterprise Management major, carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.816. Allo finished the season with an 84.2 stroke average and placed 15th at the WIAC Championship. Allo’s 79 at the national meet was her season low.
Filipiak earned all-WIAC second team honors and placed 11th at the conference meet in her rookie season. A Business Administration major, Filipiak carries a 3.69 grade point average. Filipiak finished the season with a stroke average of 83.5. The freshman finished second at the Carleton Invitational in April when she turned in a season-best 77. Filipiak burst onto the scene early, shooting a 79 in the second round of the season-opening UW-Oshkosh Invitational, then matched the 79 in the first round of the Wartburg Fall Invitational the next week. Filipiak placed 68th at the NCAA Championship.
A total of 952 student-athletes from NCAA and NAIA institutions around the nation were named to the team. Players must have maintained a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to be an All-American Scholar. Players must have played a minimum of 12 rounds throughout the season.
A total of nine players from the WIAC were honored.