MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s golfers Briony Bayles and Reid Isaac were both named to the 2019-20 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars Team, the organization announced on Monday.
Bayles, a junior-to-be from Durham, England studying mechanical engineering and math, was selected for the first time and Isaac, a senior-to-be from Montgomery, Texas studying marketing, was honored for a second-straight year as the Wildcats ran their cumulative total to 14 All-American Scholar honors since 2012. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics as the minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for the award is 3.50.
“I’m proud of Reid and Briony for earning this honor, it shows a great deal of dedication,” K-State head coach Kristi Knight said. “It takes great time management to keep a cumulative GPA at that level and compete in at least 50 percent of teams events.”
In the spring, following a COVID-19-shortened season, the duo were part of a league-leading six total Academic All-Big 12 honorees – 100 percent of the team’s eligible roster. On Monday, they joined a cohort of 1,401 WGCA selections across all three NCAA divisions to be named to the list. The Wildcats are academically supported and advised by assistant director of student-athlete services Jamie Cherry and learning specialist Liane Fowler, among others.
During the 2019-20 season, K-State won the team and individual titles at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills in the fall and was climbing the rankings when the season was cut short with two regular season events and the Big 12 Championship still to play due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
K-State welcomes an experienced squad back for the 2020-21 campaign, along with signees Napua Glossner (San Diego, Calif.) and Gabriela McNelly (Mico, Texas), and recently added graduate transfer Brooke Nolte (Melissa, Texas).
Source: Kansas State Sports