June 14, 2012

Islanders Golf Recognized by NCAA

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi golf team has been recognized by the NCAA for its perfect score in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, the organization announced today. The Islanders posted a perfect score of 1000.

"We're proud of this recognition," Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. "We have an outstanding group of young women on our golf team, and they strive to excel not just on the course but in the classroom. Coach Blackmar has done a good job of putting together a team that the university and Corpus Christi communities can be proud of."

Each year the NCAA honors select Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR.  This announcement 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 multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.  This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).

"This is a great honor for our team," head coach Carol Blackmar said. "I'm always proud of how our team represents Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and Islanders Athletics, and it's wonderful to be recognized publicly for that. I always tell our players that getting their degree is just as important as anything they will do on the golf course in their time here."

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.  The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced June 20.

The Islanders golf team will return seven of its eight players for the 2012-13 school year, including four of the five players regularly in the team's lineup. The team finished sixth at the Southland Conference Championship in 2012.