2012 Centre graduate Emily Bachert was named a first team All-American by the National Golf Coaches' Association for the 2011-2012 campaign.
The Bowling Green, Ky. native ends her golf career as one of the most decorated individual athletes in the history of Centre College. The play of Bachert has played a significant role in the rise of Centre women's golf to one of the elite programs in all of Division III. Bachert finished tied for second place at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships at Zollner G.C. in Angola Ind., and helped the Colonels finish in fourth place at the event, capping off the most successful season in program history.
It was the second consecutive runner-up finish for Bachert at the NCAA Championships, as her second place finish at the 2011 Tournament in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. helped Centre achieve its first ever top-ten finish at an NCAA Tournament, finishing in seventh place overall.
During the 2011-12 season, Bachert posted top-ten finishes in each of Centre's tournaments and took first place in five of them, bringing her four-year tournament victories total to 18, a feat made more incredible when taking into consideration that she missed the fall semester of her sophomore year due to injury.
In the Colonels' final SCAC Tournament appearance, Bachert set a record with a three-day score of 228, the lowest score in an SCAC Tournament since the event expanded to 54 holes. Bachert's record setting performance led the way as Centre won its first ever SCAC Championship, shooting a record low score as a team and winning by a record margin over the second place team.
Bachert entered the NCAA Tournament ranked third in the NCAA Division III Golfstat rankings. In each of her four years at Centre, she entered the NCAA ranked in the top ten in the Golfstat rankings, including top-three rankings in each of her final three seasons.
"It has been a pleasure to coach Emily for the past four years," said Centre head coach/director of golf Bruce Brown. "She will be hard to replace. She remained consistently good in every tournament endeavor."
For her career, Bachert was named an All-American in each of her four seasons at Centre. In addition to her outstanding play on the golf course, she was equally impressive in the classroom, earning Academic All-American honors in her final three years at Centre. She has been accepted into medical school at the University of Kentucky.