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Charlottesville, VA – Virginia senior women’s golfer Kristen Simpson was named to the 2009 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team. It marks the second straight year she was honored by the organization. Simpson competed as a graduate student during the 2009 campaign. Simpson was one of more than 400 golfers from the Division I, II and III ranks to earn the distinction. It marks the sixth straight year a Cavalier golfer has received the honor.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent (Division I) or 66 percent (Division II & III) of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

A native of Norfolk, Va., Simpson appeared in nine tournaments and posted a 76.76 stroke average. She played in the NCAA Championships for the first time during her career. She was named to the ACC’s All-Academic team in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents over 400 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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