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UTSA student-athlete named Conference USA Women's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year

UTSA student-athlete named Conference USA Women's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year

The economics major carries a 3.96 GPA. Photo credit: Jeff Huehn

(July 14, 2017) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) rising senior Nikki Long has added another honor to her collection, as she received the 2016-17 Conference USA Women’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

Voted on by the league’s 14 Faculty Athletics Representatives, the awards are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport based on academic achievement, athletic achievement and service.

Long boasts a 3.96 GPA as an economics major and is a three-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar, a three-time C-USA Academic Medal recipient, a three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member and a two-time InTouch C-USA All-Academic Team selection. She has won UTSA’s Will & Mary Hathaway Female Academic Athlete of the Year award the past two years.

On the course, the San Antonio Johnson High School product has garnered all-conference accolades each of the past two seasons, including second-team honors following her junior campaign. A team captain since her sophomore year, she led the Roadrunners with a 74.52 stroke average and finished in the top five at three events, highlighted by a tie for fourth place that helped UTSA win the Texas State Invitational. A three-time C-USA Athlete of the Week winner this past season, Long also finished fifth at The Dickson and the Hawkeye El Tigre Invitational, where she helped lead the Birds to second place.

Long has a long list of community service activities that led to her receiving the C-USA Spirit of Service Award a year ago. She is an active volunteer with Taking It To The Streets, a ministry that feeds the homeless in downtown San Antonio; Rowdy Readers, a group of UTSA student-athletes that reads to kids at local elementary schools; One Love, an intimate relationship violence and abuse workshop where she served as a facilitator; Sexual Assault & Harassment Awareness and Prevention Task Force; and YoungLife, an on-campus Christian ministry. She has been an active member of UTSA’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes since her arrival on campus and will serve as President for the 2017-18 academic year. She also is the incoming President of UTSA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Long is a worship leader and keyboard player for Community Bible Church in San Antonio and has served as a judge at a local high school’s speech and debate regional tournament.

- Kyle Stephens

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