NEW YORK, N.Y.—Four Columbia women’s golfers—senior Jackie Chulya, junior Nancy Xu, senior Rachel Shi and first-year Emily Chu—were honored as prestigious All-American Scholars released on Wednesday by the Women’s Collegiate Golf Association. The WGCA’s minimum requirement for the award is a 3.50 grade point average.
With its four honorees, Columbia ranked tied for second in the Ivy League.
A native of Bangkok,Thailand, Chulya earned the honor for the fourth consecutive season. Earlier this year, she become the second player in program history to claim three All-Ivy League honors and the first player in school history to earn three consecutive All-Ivy honors as she was named to the Second Team in 2015 and First Team in both 2016 and now 2017. The 2016 Dinah Shore Trophy award-winner and unanimous 2016 Ivy League Player of the Year, Chulya concluded her career with a 75.989 stroke average, ranking a close second in school history to Michelle Piyapattra (75.51). The four-time NGCA/WGA All-Scholar Team member, two-time team captain and two-time Academic All-Ivy League Team member, Chulya set single season program records for birdies and par-4 scoring in 2016. She won two individual invitational titles in her career, the 2015 River Landing Classic and 2016 Cardinal Cup.
Xu finished 16th at the Ivy League Championship in May and concluded the 2016-17 season ranked third on the squad with a 76.90 stroke average. Xu, who registered three top-25 finishes in 2016-17, shot a pair of 71s at the Princeton Invitational and Clemson Invitationals.
In her final collegiate season at Columbia, Shi finished fourth on the squad with a 78.17 season stroke average. The 2015 All-Ivy League Second Team selection finished in 12th place at the Nittany Lion Invitational. It is Shi’s second WGCA All-American Scholar award.
As a first-year, Chu finished 25th in her first Ivy League Championship in May. She led the Lions with a fifth place finish, shooting an eight-over-par 224 at the Hoya Invitational, April 10-11. She ranked fourth on the squad with a 78.29 season stroke average and totaled two top-25 finishes in 2016-17.