Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw's Paige Gooch (Fort Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood), a May graduate and member of the women's golf team, has added to her already impressive list of accomplishments and awards by earning the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Gooch is among the 58 student-athletes and just 29 females who competed in spring sports on all NCAA levels to earn the honor. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded each fall, winter and spring to 29 men and 29 women each season for a total of 174 scholarships each academic year.
Alex Gasaway (women's basketball) and Jack Burgeson (men's swimming and diving) earned the distinction in May. Since the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program was created in 1964, 22 DePauw student-athletes have won the award. A complete listing is available here.
In June, Gooch was recognized as the North Coast Athletic Conference's top female student-athlete by winning the Pam Smith Award. In addition to the award, she is also the league's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.
A two-time Capital One Academic All-America® selection, Gooch was also a four-time Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar. The Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma (National College Athlete Honor Society) inductee also earned DePauw's Amy Hasbrook Award as the University's top senior female student-athlete.
Gooch earned a bachelor of arts degree and graduated cum laude with a major in economics and a minor in mathematics.
She also dedicated a great deal of her time to community service efforts. Since arriving on campus in the fall of 2011, she was an active member of the Alpha Chi Omega Domestic Violence Awareness group which participated in fundraising events to raise awareness and money for the issue.
A volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in 2013, Gooch was a Quantitative Reasoning Tutor on campus since 2012. After having the opportunity to participate in the Management Fellows Honors Program, she gave back in the 2013-14 academic year as she assisted incoming students into the program with resume preparation, mock interviews and other job workshops.
Gooch also served in many leadership roles during her collegiate years, including a term as President of Alpha Chi Omega in 2012-13 and as a member of the Presidential Ambassador committee in 2013-14.
On the links, Gooch joined Sarah Gates '07 as the only four-time all-America selections in DePauw women's golf history when she earned first team honors this year to go along with second team distinction each of her first three seasons.
This season Gooch posted a 78.2 stroke average over 25 rounds for the second-best average in a DePauw season and was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Year for the second straight time after winning her second consecutive NCAC title. She earned similar honors in 2011 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference prior to being named the Division III Freshman of the Year.
Gooch finished her career with a 79.02 average over 98 rounds which broke the previous DePauw record held by Gates. This year she won five of the 11 tournaments in which she competed with 10 finishes in the top 10. Over her career she won 10 events and was a top-10 finisher 32 times.
During her four seasons, the Tigers finished no worse than eighth at the national championships and matched the program's best finish with a second-place showing in 2012. As an individual, Gooch finished in the top 14 three times in her four NCAA appearances.