Academic excellence is important to this program. Five different student-athletes have made the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team the last two years, including Morris and Steates in 2013. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing.
The first season in Hamilton women's golf history produced a pair of players whose average 18-hole scores were in the 80s for 2012-13. Nine young women played in at least one tournament and the team competed in eight events. Gillian Dudeck '13 graduated after she averaged 89.3 strokes for 18 holes.
On May 9, 2012, Hamilton's Director of Athletics Jon Hind '80 announced that women's golf would be elevated from club to varsity team status effective with the 2012-13 academic year. "We're excited to offer this tremendous opportunity as another option in our intercollegiate program," Hind said. "Several of our NESCAC peers offer women's golf and we're excited to compete with them in another sport."
Women's golf is the 15th women's sport at Hamilton and the College's 29th varsity program overall. Men's and women's crew were the last varsity sports added at Hamilton in 1998-99.
"I am thrilled that Hamilton has decided to support a varsity women's golf team," women's club golf faculty advisor Cheryl Morgan said. "While it will take a few years to develop a team, I am very optimistic that we will attract some strong women golfers in due time. There are already a number of talented women golfers on campus who will undoubtedly thrive with coaching support.
"I look forward to helping promote what has become an exciting intercollegiate athletic opportunity for women at Hamilton. Kudos to Lauren Steates Cupp '07 and Gillian Dudeck for their efforts in demonstrating the need for a women's golf team."