Hickey Named to NGCA All-American Scholar Team

Irene Hickey
Irene Hickey '13

Contact: Justin Long

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Amherst College’s Irene Hickey ’13 (Glencoe, IL) was recognized when the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) announced its 2010-11 All-American Scholar Teams last Friday. Hickey is one of only five NESCAC golfers to earn the prestigious honor this year.

The criteria for selection to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. To be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50; be of high moral character and be in good standing at the college; and must have played in a minimum of 12 rounds with an adjusted scoring average of 95 or less.

A history major at Amherst, Hickey helped the Lord Jeffs put together an impressive 2010-11 season that included four runner-up finishes and a second consecutive NESCAC Women's Golf Tournament title. Her best performance came at the Mount Holyoke Invitational, where she shot an 88-85-173 to tie for 41st place in a field of 74 golfers.

Hickey was recognized by her teammates as Amherst’s most improved player this past season. “Irene is an incredibly committed golfer and is on the verge of qualifying as a top-five team player consistently,” says Amherst head coach Michelle Morgan. “Her work habits and desire to improve have contributed to her successful scoring improvement, and her leadership makes her an invaluable team player.”

Recognized by the NGCA earlier this year was Hayley Milbourn ’11 (Baltimore, MD), who was named to the organization’s All-Region East Team. One of the most accomplished golfers in program history, Milbourn was named to the NGCA All-America Team in each of her first three years before earning Honorable Mention as a senior. The 2008 NGCA National Rookie of the Year, Milbourn finished with Amherst’s top score in four of nine events this year and wrapped up her career with 12 tournament wins.

Amherst’s 2011-12 season is set to begin Saturday, Sept. 17, when the Lord Jeffs head to Suffern, N.Y., for the two-day NYU Invitational.