CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi golf team has received an APR Public Recognition Award for its perfect score in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, the organization announced today. The Islanders posted a perfect score of 1000, their second consecutive year achieving that milestone.
"It's outstanding that our women's golf team has earned this honor for the second straight year," Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. "Coach Blackmar has done a great job of putting together a team that the university and Corpus Christi communities can be proud of – on the course, in the community and in the classroom."
The Islanders are one of just six current Southland Conference programs to earn a Public Recognition Award in the latest release, which is based on data from the 2008-09 through 2011-12 academic years. The NCAA annually honors teams earning multiyear Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. It is the fourth time overall that the women's golf program has earned the award, doing so in 2004-05 and 2005-06 in addition to 2010-11.
"I'm proud that we were able to continue our strong performance in the APR for the second year in a row," head coach Carol Blackmar said. "We take pride in representing Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and Islanders Athletics in a positive light, and it's wonderful to be recognized publicly for that. We have a well-rounded group of young ladies, and they've worked hard to earn this honor."
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.
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. Full APRs for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 11.
The Islanders golf team will return three of its top five players, including Second Team All-Southland selection Vanessa Johnson, who will be a junior for the 2013-14 school year. The team finished fifth at the Southland Conference Championship in 2013.