Big Ten Medal of Honor: Caroline Powers, Michigan State Women's Golf

June 5, 2013

Over the course of her Spartan career, Caroline Powers set a new standard of excellence for the women’s golf program, both on and off the course. 

Named the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Golfer of the Year, Powers completed her career as the school’s all-time record holder in scoring average (74.26) and owns the top three single-season scoring averages in program history, including her record 73.53 she set as a sophomore. One of only two female student-athletes in Michigan State history to win the George Alderton “MSU Female Athlete of the Year” Award three times, Powers helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012 and a school-record finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the team tied for ninth place. She qualified as an individual for the 2011 NCAA Championships and placed sixth, tied for the highest ever by a Spartan at nationals.

In the classroom, Powers graduated in May with a 3.87 GPA in Elementary Education and has earned All-American Scholar honors from the NGCA three times and has been named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar twice. She was recently named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dinah Shore Trophy Award by the LPGA Foundation, which is awarded to a female golfer who excels in both academics and athletics, while demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service.