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Student-athletes headline the Big South

Bulldogs on Par

BAA Scholarship Golf Classic Sets New Fundraising Records

The 2015 Bulldog Athletic Association Scholarship Golf Classic took place over two days in late August and concluded with the announcement that the tournament raised a record amount of money for the UNC Asheville Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund.

“I would like to thank the golf committee members and the many golfers, sponsors, and volunteers for making the 2015 Bulldog Athletic Association (BAA) Scholarship Golf Classic the most successful ever with over $106,000 raised for our annual scholarship fund,” said Director of Athletics Janet R. Cone. “Thanks to the great support from our campus and community, our golf tournament has become a signature event that demonstrates how Asheville is our home and the Bulldogs are our team.”

UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant and her husband Jim Canavan served as honorary chairs for this year’s tournament. Close to 200 golfers came out on August 24 and 25 to participate in the tournament at the Country Club of Asheville. This year’s tournament was presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, with additional support from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Belk. Hole sponsors included Belk, Sports Clips, Harry’s on the Hill, Jim Barkley Toyota, Dixon Golf, First Citizens Bank, Beverly-Hanks & Associates Realtors and Asheville Chevrolet.

Stepping Up

Four Bulldog Programs Headline Big South APR Scores

The Big South Conference had a league-record 19 athletic programs among those honored in May by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. UNC Asheville led the conference with four teams receiving recognition—men’s and women’s tennis, women’s basketball and women’s outdoor track and field programs. It is the third consecutive year that the Bulldogs have finished with the most recipients in the Big South.

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. By measuring eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of academic performance in each sport.

UNC Asheville will add a women's golf team in 2016-17 and will compete as a member of the Big South Conference.