May 10, 2010


ATLANTA - Kathryn Hauff of the College of St. Benedict was named the Elite 88 award winner at the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships Opening Banquet held on Monday night at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. The Elite 88, founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships.

Hauff, a political science major, accepted the inaugural Elite 88 award for Division III women's golfers after compiling a spectacular 3.95 grade-point average. She will be competing as an individual during the four-day tournament that includes 20 competing schools and six competing individuals from around the country. The 2010 Championships, co-hosted by Oglethorpe University and the Central Florida Sports Commission, begin with play on Tuesday morning on the El Campeon Course at the Mission Inn Resort.

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Celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding in 1835, Oglethorpe University enrolls more than 1,000 students representing 34 states and 36 countries. The university plays in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Oglethorpe University is Georgia's only coeducational member of the Annapolis Group, an organization of America's most selective liberal arts institutions. The Princeton Review's The Best 361 Colleges 2010 edition ranks Oglethorpe in its prestigious list, names it a Best Southeastern College, and puts Oglethorpe at #20 for its professors, #17 for theater, and #10 for class/race interaction. Since 2006, Oglethorpe has been named annually to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for commitment to and achievement in community service. Georgia Shakespeare is the professional theater-in-residence at Oglethorpe. www.oglethorpe.edu