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Priebe Named WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award Winner

Priebe Named WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award Winner

UW-Oshkosh senior Kayla Priebe has been named the 2018 recipient of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Judy Kruckman Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete Award.

Priebe is majoring in accounting and boasts a 4.00 grade point average. She was named to the Google Cloud NCAA Division III All-District 6 Women's At-Large First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America in both 2017 and 2018.

Priebe is a three-time member of the Women's Golf Coaches Association's (WGCA) All-American Scholar Team, as well as the WIAC's Scholastic Honor Roll. She has been recognized on UW-Oshkosh's Dean's List every semester (six) and received several academic scholarships.

The Fox Valley Lutheran High School (Appleton) graduate is the third Titan to earn the WIAC's Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete award for women's golf, joining Malinda Handlen in 2000 and Cheryl Treadwell in 2005.

A team captain this season, Priebe finished sixth with 236 strokes at the 54-hole WIAC Championship held Oct. 5-7 in Reedsburg. Her performance helped the Titans rank third in the eight-team meet.

Priebe, who finished third at the WIAC Championship in 2017 and second in both 2015 and 2016, has produced three second-place finishes this season. She was the runner-up at the UW-Oshkosh Titan Classic, the UW-Whitewater Invitational and UW-Stevens Point's Mad Dawg Invitational. She has now placed among the top 10 golfers at 17 events during her four seasons at UW-Oshkosh, claiming medalist honors at the 2016 UW-Oshkosh Titan Classic.

Priebe received WIAC Player of the Year recognition in 2016 and is a three-time all-league selection, earning first team honors in both 2015 and 2016 and second team accolades a season ago. Priebe claimed WGCA All-Central Region first team plaudits in 2017 and helped UW-Oshkosh claim the WIAC title and earn a trip to the NCAA Division III postseason in 2015.

Priebe is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and UW-Oshkosh's Accounting Club. She has volunteered with Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Together We Rise, Feeding America and Polk Library. Priebe was a member of UW-Oshkosh's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2015-16 and represented the university at Viessmann Sustainability Seminar in Allendorf, Germany, in May 2018.

Also nominated for this year's scholar-athlete award were UW-Eau Claire's Allison Chomniak, UW-River Falls' Victoria Holman, UW-Stout's Marie Allo and UW-Whitewater's Maddie McCue.

The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is named after Judy Kruckman, who served as assistant commissioner for the WIAC from 1996-98. She was also the commissioner of the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1984-96.

In order to be nominated for the scholar-athlete award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.50 grade point average. In addition, she must be in her last year of competition, or on schedule to graduate this academic year, and have competed for a minimum of two years.