By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Christina Miller, Anna Hancock and Kelsey Gibson left quite a first impression in their first school year as Bulls.
The three members of the Big East champion USF women's golf team have been named to the 2011-12 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team for Division I. Student-athletes had to have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 to be considered for the honor.
"Golfers are unique; most have really good skills of organizing time. There are so many parts of golf to practice and they learn time management skills from an early age," USF head coach Marci Kornegay said. "For them to come in and be able to juggle everything, especially as first-year students here at USF is pretty good."
Miller, Hancock and Gibson all transferred in before this past season and were sophomores heading into the 2011-12 school year. Miller, who has a cumulative GPA of 3.83, went on to win the Big East player of the year award after posting three tournament victories and seven finishes in the top five out of 10 events this past season. Miller, a health sciences major, transferred from Ole Miss and started her USF career off by winning the Golfweek Program Challenge in September. She finished up the season by competing with the Bulls in the NCAA Central Regional.
Gibson has a 3.80 GPA and recently was accepted into the nursing program at USF after transferring from Southern Miss. The Thonotasassa, Fla. native helped the Bulls on the course by posting two finishes in the 25 with her best performance coming at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational when she placed in a tie for 13th in March.
Hancock, a criminology major, made the All-American scholar team cut by posting a GPA of 3.68 after transferring to USF from Stetson University. The Lakeland native recorded four finishes in the top 25 with her top performance coming at the UCF Challenge in February when she ended up in a tie for ninth place.