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The Woods Magazine WINTer | 2013-14
The William Woods Athletic
Department continues to produce—
both on and off the courts and fields,
yielding a well-rounded batch of
students year-in and year-out.
This last academic year WWU
boasted 26 NAIA scholar-athletes, 11
NAIA scholar teams, and a department
GPA over 3.1, which makes that seven
consecutive semesters over 3.0.
On top of the department-wide
accomplishment, both women’s
volleyball and basketball teams were
recognized for academic achievement.
For the first time in school history,
the volleyball team was awarded
the American Volleyball Coaches
Association Award for its earned
team GPA during the last
academic year.
Additionally, for the fourth time in
the last five seasons, the WWU wom-
en’s basketball team was ranked in the
top 25, number 11 to be exact, in the
Women’s Basketball Coaches As-
sociation Academic Honor Roll—this
distinction was received for the team’s
earned 3.4 GPA during the
last academic year.
Two William Woods men’s
golfers made history and beat at
least 1-million-to-one odds by each
scoring an albatross in the WWU
Fall Invitational.
Freshman Billy McKenzie and junior
Julian Taylor, both from England,
accomplished this astonishing feat
Oct. 1 at Tanglewood Golf Course.
Both shot an albatross (double eagle)
on the 17th hole, meaning the duo each
scored three under par.The odds of
hitting a double eagle, according to
Titleist, are 1-million-to-one or
million-to-one, depending on whom
you talk to.
The duo are the first amateurs to
double eagle in the same round,
according to Michael Christensen,
founder of The Double Eagle Club.
He says the occurrence that two
double eagles are scored in the same
tournament has happened five times.
Rarer is a double eagle in the same
round. It's only happened once.
It was a neat deal,” said Barry Doty,
WWU’s head golf coach. “Billy made
the first one … I didn't find out about
Julian’s until a couple of holes later …
I told him about Billy’s deal, and he
said ‘Coach, I hit one too!’ So that was
pretty awesome.”
For people wanting to support the
scholar-athletes at WWU, the
athletic department has established
the Owl Club. According to its
mission statement, the Owl Club was
created “to support student-athletes
by enhancing the experience and
development of each student-athlete
in each of the WWU Athletic
Department’s 15 sports and its
cheerleading program.The Owl
Club also funds initiatives to engage
the Owl alumni, creating a lifetime
connection to WWU athletics.”
Donation levels range from
$100 to 499 to be a “Great Owl,” to
$2,500-plus to be a “Grand Owl,” and
each level comes with specific benefits.
To become a member or to receive
more information, contact Jason
Vittone, director of intercollegiate
athletics, at 573-592-1642 or
To catch up with your
favorite Owls team, visit
The 2013-14 volleyball team
Photo by Ben Mizera)
Owl Club
Junior Julian Taylor (left) and freshman
Billy McKenzie each shot an albatross
double eagle) on the 17th hole at
Tanglewood Golf Course.
Photo courtesy of KOMU-TV 8)