The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) has named Rachel Kuehn National Senior Girls’ Golf Athlete of the Year.
This is a prestigious national honor – The NHSCA provides leadership and support to the nation’s one million high school coaches and ten million high school athletes. They choose National Coach and Athlete of the year recognition in 20 boys’ and girls’ sports.
Kuehn is the second North Carolina athlete to earn Girls’ Golf Athlete of the Year in the NHSCA’s 20-year history of honoring high school athletes.
“This is unprecedented for an Asheville School athlete to get this kind of recognition,” said Asheville School Athletic Director Carl Boland. “Congratulations to Rachel; she is well deserving of this award!”
In recent weeks Kuehn has also been awarded the Joseph A. Riggs, Jr. Award for Best Female Athlete at Asheville School, and she earned the Apollo Flame Division II Female Athlete of the Year during the 58th WNC Sports Award Banquet.
Press Release from the National High School Coaches Association:
Kuehn won her third consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state championship last fall. Kuehn won the tournament by one stroke, posting a two-day score of 138 (67 — 71).
Kuehn won the 2018 North Carolina Amateur Championship and is a three-time All-State honoree. She was honored by USA TODAY as a first-team All-USA member for the 2017-18 school year. Kuehn represented the Dominican Republic in at the 2018 World Amateur Team Championship in Ireland.
Kuehn has accepted a scholarship to play golf at the University of Wake Forest, where her mom also played college golf.
“Rachel is an excellent example what this award stands for,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “She has excelled as much in the classroom as she has on the course. We congratulate her on an outstanding high school career and wish her success at Wake Forest.”
Kuehn is the second North Carolina athlete to win the NHSCA National Senior Girls’ Golf Athlete of the Year Award.
Each of the honorees will receive a beautiful plaque. In addition, the Athlete of the Year honoree will be displayed in the National High School Digital Sports Hall of Fame that is currently under development.