Taylor Allen ’17 nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Taylor Allen, a 2017 University of North Georgia graduate, was one of 117 female DII athletes from across the nation nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year.
UNG graduate Taylor Allen hit a personal goal, tied a school record and won a tournament during her career with the UNG golf team.

Because of that success, coupled with her academic prowess and service-oriented attitude, Allen was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year.

This is the second year in a row a UNG student has been nominated. UNG alumna and current women’s golf graduate assistant coach Shannon Coulombe was a NCAA Woman of the Year finalist in 2016 and reached the second round of the selection process.

“I have seen some of the past nominees and have seen what they have done in academics and athletics and in the community,” Allen said. “So, to see that I am up there with them, I feel incredibly honored.”

Allen is one of only 117 female college athletes from Division II institutions across the nation nominated for the award. The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have completed their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service, and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

Allen graduated in May 2017 with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The Lawrenceville, Georgia, native is only the second Peach Belt Conference student-athlete to win the league’s Elite 15 Academic Award three times. She also was named a PBC All-Academic, a Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar and a Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar in each of her four years on campus.

“Taylor excels at everything she does through hard work, determination, dedication, and intelligence,” said Leigh Anne Hunter, head coach for the women’s golf team at UNG. “Her ability to manage her time and multitask is unlike anyone I’ve known.”

Allen also has been a consistent competitor on the golf course throughout her four-year career; she played in 10 of 11 events for UNG with 21 competitive rounds. She finished in a tie for 18th at the Columbus State Lady Cougar Classic and shot a season-low round of 74 to open the Armstrong Pirate Women’s Invitational.

“I think I have helped propel the golf team and helped it get better each year,” Allen said.