After completing her collegiate golf career at last weekend’s Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championships, senior Nicole Gaddie (Salt Lake City, Utah) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
Competing in her fourth conference championship competition, the first two while Seattle U was an affiliate member of the West Coast Conference in women’s golf and the final two in the WAC, Gaddie finished in 27th place with a cumulative score of 252 (+36). After shooting 84 (+12) in the first round and 89 (+17) under extremely windy conditions in the second round, she posted her best round of the weekend Sunday with a 79 (+7), birding the final hole of her collegiate career.
Gaddie was the only Seattle U golfer to post an official score in all 26 rounds the Redhawks competed in over 10 tournaments this season, finishing the year with an average score of 79.73. Her season-low round of 74 came in the first round of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic April 7, while her best finish came in the Santa Clara Colby Invitational Oct. 21-22, where she finished in a tie for 10th place after back-to-back rounds of 78.
“When I personally think of the term ‘student-athlete,’ what comes to mind is someone who is passionate, someone that works hard and, most importantly, someone who appreciates opportunity. Throughout my many years as a coach I have been blessed to have some quality people in my life, and Nicole is certainly one of those,” Seattle U head coach Marc Chandonnet said. “She embodies the traits I just mentioned and goes above and beyond her responsibilities to be someone who is engaged with the entire University community. I will forever be excited to call her a part of our team, I thank her for the leadership qualities she displayed as a Redhawk, and I am confident that she will be very successful in every endeavor she chooses to take part. My only hope is that she stays connected to Seattle U golf for many years, and we wish her all the best!”
Gaddie is on track to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in June and currently carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.552. She served as student body president during her junior year and was involved in numerous other campus and community service projects throughout her four years at Seattle University.
Gaddie is the only graduating senior from the 2013-14 Seattle University women’s golf team, and Chandonnet believes he will have an experienced and talented squad ready to contend for the Western Athletic Conference title in 2014-15.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances both in the classroom and in competition.