AUBURN, Mass. – Katie Nelson of Auburn dominates both on the golf course and in the classroom.
Nelson, who graduated from Holy Name High School in 2011, recently finished her freshman year at Siena College. She won a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference golf championship, made an NCAA tournament appearance and was given an All-American Scholar award.
The Auburn resident was among 585 female golfers across all three divisions of the NCAA recognized by the National Golf Coaches Association as 2011-12 All-American Scholars. To be selected, the athlete must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and play in half of the team’s rounds in the season. Siena tied with Fairfield University for the most selections in the conference.
“I wasn’t expecting to be selected, but I’m really excited and honored to make it,” said Nelson, who finished her first season at Siena with a 3.77 GPA in business.
Nelson was a key member of the golf team that won the conference championship this spring, advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time.
“Winning the conference and making NCAAs was definitely the top moment,” Nelson said. “NCAA was a great learning experience for us. It gave us a lot of things to work on, and hopefully we can get back there next year.”
Nelson said she usually shoots below 80 on a par 72 course, with a 73 as her best round ever.
“I try to do something every day to make progress in my game,” she said. “I don’t have a goal of how many balls I want to hit. I’m just trying to get better each day.”
Next season, Nelson hopes to come in first in a tournament and for Siena to make it back to the NCAA tournament.
“We have a year under our belt, so we now know what to expect for next time,” she said. “We were new to everything this year, but hopefully we can place better the next time we’re there.”