Top Academic Honor Goes To Pancake

University of Alabama senior golfer Brooke Pancake is wrapping up her Crimson Tide career in grand fashion as she begins play in the 2012 Curtis Cup on Friday in Nairn, Scotland.

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native also qualified for the 2012 United States Open before leaving for Scotland and on Thursday was named the 2012 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year on the women's at-large team.

Pancake, who is competing for Team USA in this weekend's Curtis Cup, will be challenged by her Alabama teammate Stephanie Meadow, who is playing for the Great Britain and Ireland team at the Nairn Golf Club in Nairn, Scotland.

The Curtis Cup matches get underway on Friday, June 8, with an alternate-shot format in the morning and best ball in the afternoon. The event covers various formats over three days, concluding with singles matches on Sunday, June 10. The United States has won seven Curtis Cup matches in a row and owns a 26-6-3 record all time in the event.

It marks the 37th playing of the biennial match pitting the United States against Great Britain and Ireland for a simple silver trophy that was gifted in 1932 by sisters Margaret and Harriot Curtis. The Curtis Cup matches alternate between the United States and Great Britain/Ireland every two years.

Pancake will team up with LSU's Austin Ernst in Friday's first round of alternate shot against GB&I's Kelly Tidy and Amy Boulden. Meadow and her GB&I partner Leona Maguire will face the American's Lindy Duncan (Duke) and Lisa McCloskey (USC) in the third match. Friday's afternoon matches will be best ball with pairings announced following the morning rounds.

Pancake qualified for her first U.S. Open this past week by firing a 142 over 36 holes of sectional qualifying at the Glen Echo Golf Club in St. Louis, Mo. It will be her first professional event after finishing her amateur career at the Curtis Cup on Sunday. The U.S. Open will be played on July 5-8 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and Capital One also announced that Pancake was the 2012 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. She becomes a two-time first-team Academic All-American.

Pancake completed her bachelor's degree in marking this past May with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Her four-foot putt on the 72nd hole of the 2012 NCAA Championships clinched the program's first national championship and a runner-up finish individually.

The three-time All-American and two-time first-team selection finished her career with a 73.08 scoring average and led the team with a 72.52 average as a senior. She earned the 2011 Edith Cummings Munson Award from the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) for the student-athlete with the highest GPA among first team All-Americans and was the winner of the 2010 NCAA Elite 88 Award.

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native is a three-time Southeastern Conference Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a three-time NGCA Scholar Athlete.

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