University of Arizona sophomore golfer Wanasa Zhou won the NCAA Elite 89 Award, it was announced on Thursday in conjunction with the NCAA Championships. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.
Zhou holds a cumulate GPA of 4.0 as an accounting major in Arizona's Eller College of Management. A walk-on, she has played in all 11 tournaments this year with a stroke average of 74.63. Zhou has collected three top-10 finishes and four top-20 finishes with eight rounds shot at or below par.
At the Pac-12 Championships, Zhou paced the Cats in the final round with a 65 (-6). She tied for the best round in Arizona history with Marisa Baena's 65 from the 1996 NCAA West Regional Championships at The Champions Golf Club (Omaha, Neb.).
Round one of the NCAA Championships will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET on Friday for the Wildcats. They'll tee from the first hole with No. 4 Duke and No. 6 LSU.