Junior Melanie Hagewood was named the first Academic All-American in Baylor history.
June 6, 2002
WACO, Texas - Baylor's Melanie Hagewood has been named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America Women's At-Large Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the organization announced Thursday.
The junior from Clarksville, Tenn., was named a second-team All-American, one of four women's golfers selected to the at-large first two teams. The Verizon Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 1,800-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, athletes must be varsity starters or key reserves and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00.
Hagewood's academic honor comes on the heels of her performance at the national championships last month, where she finished 50th playing as an individual qualifier. She was Baylor's first-ever participant in the NCAA Championships.
A three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, Hagewood has twice been named to Verizon's All-District VI Team. In 2001 she received the prestigious Dinah Shore Award, presented by the LPGA for outstanding achievements in academics, leadership, community service and golf.
Hagewood led Baylor with a 76.86 stroke average this season and recorded five Top-10 finishes. She finished sixth at the 2002 Big 12 Championships and was a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2001.