ATHENS, Ga. — A quartet of Georgia Bulldogs were honored on Tuesday as All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) for the 2020-21 season. Sophomores Caroline Craig, Céleste Dao and Caterina Don and freshman Isabella Holpfer received the association’s recognition.
“I’m extremely proud of this honor for Caroline, Céleste, Caterina and Isabella,” head coach Josh Brewer said. “Our entire team worked extremely hard on and off the course. Our overall team GPA of 3.552 for the year certainly proves that. All of our golfers contributed to that mark, with the four WGCA All-American Scholars leading the way.”
The criteria for selection to the WGCA’s All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics, with the minimum cumulative GPA or 3.50. Golfers also must have competed in at least 50 percent of their team’s completed rounds for the 2020-21 season.
Craig, who is from Sautee Nachoochee, Ga., is a Sport Management major who participated in six tournaments during the 2020-21 season. She was Georgia’s top individual finisher at the Liz Murphey Fall Collegiate Classic, where she tied for seventh.
Dao is a Finance major from Notre-Dame-de-Lile-Perrot, Quebec, who competed in six events as a sophomore. She posted four par-or-better efforts in 18 rounds last season, with a low loop of 3-under 69 at the Ally.
Don, a native of Pinerolo, Italy, is majoring in Mathematics and earned second-team All-SEC honors last season after posting a 73.70 stroke average over 27 rounds. She fired a school-record 8-under 64 in the second round of the LTWF Heroes Intercollegiate this spring.
Holpfer, who is from Vienna, Austria, intends to major in Journalism. She played in seven tourneys in her first season with the Bulldogs. Her top showing was a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Columbus Regional, where she also helped Georgia capture the team title.
Craig, Dao and Don also were named All-American Scholars by the WGCA last season. Twenty-four Georgia golfers have now received the award a combined 41 times since its inception in 1986. This year equals the most-ever recipients for UGA in a single year set in 1996.
Georgia finished the 2020-21 season by placing 18th at the NCAA Championships, the Bulldogs’ 27th all-time top-20 effort at the national championships. Georgia recorded six top-5 team performances, headlined by the 15-shot victory at the Columbus Regional.