GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman’s Jacqueline Bendrick has been selected to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District 4 Women’s At-Large Team, as announced this week by the CoSIDA Academic All-America Committee. As a member of the all-district team, Bendrick will now be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
A senior biology major from Mercer Island, Wash., Bendrick graduated magna cum laude with a 3.98 grade point average on Saturday. She recently won the 2017-18 Elizabeth Blackwell Academic Achievement Award (awarded to the Furman University female athlete with the highest GPA), the C. Leland Rogers Biology Award (awarded to the student with the highest GPA among biology majors), and the Distinguished Research in Biology Award for her research project studying what causes cancer cells to metastasize. Yesterday Bendrick was announced as the recipient of the 2018 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award.
Last week Bendrick posted the best three-round total of her career by shooting 7-under (71-68-70=209) for a ninth place finish at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, helping seventh-ranked Furman finish third at 18-under (280-283-283=846) to qualify for the 24-team NCAA Championships, which will be held May 18-23 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Bendrick captured her first All-Southern Conference citation after scoring five top-10 finishes in 2018, including a career-best seventh-place finish at the Clemson Invitational, where she posted a season-best 67 in the second round. She ranks sixth in the SoCon with a 74.38 stroke average over 32 rounds this season and finished eighth at the SoCon Championships. Bendrick won the league’s 2018 Pinnacle Award, which is given annually to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA on the championship-winning team.
Nominations and voting for the Academic All-America programs are conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.