by Benny Benton
HIGH POINT, N.C. – For the second year in a row, the Barton College women's golf team has been honored with a Conference Carolinas Spring Team Sportsmanship Award, which is presented annually to the team in each sport judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship among players, coaches and fans during the regular season.
The women's golf team is the ninth from Barton to receive a Team Sportsmanship Award in the recognition program's six-year history and the first from BC to collect the honor in consecutive seasons.
"For our team to win this award in back-to-back years speaks volumes about the type of student-athletes our women's program has," said head coach Ashley Leonard. "Our ladies have always conducted themselves on the golf course in a manner that Barton can be proud of. We will continue to strive for excellence on the course, classroom, campus and community."
A student-athlete and coach at each institution judge the sportsmanship of each conference competitor, and an average of all the institutions' scores is used to determine the award winner in each sport. The award is also known as the "Mini-Messick" due to its ties to the league's overall sportsmanship honor, the Messick Award.
The winner of this year's Messick Award will be announced during the league's spring meetings, which will be held next week on Barton's campus.