Elks golfers Marlie Lockhart, Ryley Rand and Afton Malvitz recently earned an honors designation as Academic All-State honorees for the 2018 season, for their grade point average and high percentage of participation in the team’s matches. (Submitted photo)

The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin recently announced that three Elkhorn Area High School girls golf team members were honored for their academic and athletic commitment.

Marlie Lockhard, Ryley Rand and Afton Malvitz earned honors designations as Academic All-State honorees for the recently concluded 2018 girls’ golf season. Students are nominated by GCAW member coaches if they meet the following criteria:

1) A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25;

2) Participation in at least 75 percent of their team’s varsity matches, and;

3) Are at least a sophomore in high school.

Lockhart, Rand and Malvits are student-athletes who serve “as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive,” according to the GCAW.

The coaches association announced that 319 girls from 96 high schools have been honored this year for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf. The average cumulative GPA of this year’s honorees is 3.794.

The GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build Wisconsin’s reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in schools and communities.

Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability. An academic ‘team’ award honoring high school teams with the highest cumulative GPA is also acknowledged. The girls’ team award will be announced in March 2019.


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