Hailey Hoagland, teammate named All-American Scholars

MISSOULA — Amanda Kahn and Hailey Hoagland of the University of Montana women’s golf team were named All-American Scholars this week by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

One of the most restrictive academic awards in collegiate athletics, WGCA All-American Scholars must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.

Kahn, of Carlsbad, Calif., has a 3.5 GPA as a communicative sciences and disorders major. She will be a junior in 2015-16. Hoagland, of Butte, who will be a sophomore, has a 3.62 GPA as a business administration major.

The Grizzlies were two of 758 golfers named All-American Scholar across all NCAA divisions.

Kahn and Hoagland become just the seventh and eighth All-American Scholars in program history. Ashli Helstrom was a three-time selection. Olivia Weber, Krista Swanson and Brittany Williamson were all two-time recipients of the award.

Kahn played in nine of Montana’s 10 tournaments in 2014-15 and helped the Grizzlies finish fifth at the Big Sky Conference championship in April. Her season scoring average of 78.3 ranked fourth on the team.

Hoagland competed in seven tournaments and finished with a scoring average of 79.6.

Kahn and Hoagland will be two of five returners for the Grizzlies next season, along with seniors Hayley Bingham and Phoebe Tan and junior Alexa Schendelman. Montana’s eight-player roster will include three incoming freshmen.

Joni Stephens, who coached the Grizzlies the last two seasons, stepped down from her position last month. The search for Montana’s next golf coach should be completed by the end of July.

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