Dodd, Garside Earn Annual Edwin G. Wilson Awards
Marissa Dodd
July 23, 2015

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@DemonDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest women’s golfer Marissa Dodd and football player Jordan Garside have been named the two recipients of the Edwin G. Wilson Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Wilson awards are presented annually to the most outstanding junior or senior male and female student-athlete based on academic excellence. The awards are voted upon by all Wake Forest head coaches and athletic administrators.

Dodd graduated in May with a degree in mathematics and a minor in psychology and has since been playing golf professionally. She earned her first pro win on June 17 at Stallion Mountain in Las Vegas on the Cactus Tour, as she turned in rounds of 65-70-79 to finish the tournament at 2-under. During the event, she tied for the individual lead and won the tournament in a playoff. Dodd's first professional victory came one week after her pro debut on June 10. In her first professional tournament at Silverstone Country Club in Las Vegas, Dodd tied for the individual lead at 9-under but fell to Dana Finkelstein in a playoff. The Allen, Texas, native made her debut on the LPGA Tour in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, on July 16. She shot a 4-under 68 in a qualifier to claim one of the final two spots in the event.

While at Wake Forest, Dodd was a four-time member of the ACC All-Academic team and graduated with a 3.418 GPA. She was one eight student-athletes from the ACC invited to the Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis last month.

Dodd was Wake Forest’s top finisher at the NCAA Championship in 2015 and helped the Demon Deacons finish second at the South Bend Regional. She earned a spot on the All-Region team and wrapped up the season with a 74.14 stroke average and three top-10 finishes.

Garside came to Wake Forest in the fall of 2010 as a walk-on with the football team. After redshirting his first season with the program, he became a staple of Wake Forest’s special teams over the next four years. By the 2013 season, his role had expanded to include more offensive plays from scrimmage. After graduation in 2014, he enrolled in Wake Forest’s graduate school and became a solid blocking back in passing situations for the Demon Deacons.

Serving as a team captain in 2014, Garside was a role model for the team in a time of change at the start of the new coaching era, as he set numerous weight room records and led by example, representing Wake Forest at the 2014 ACC Football Kickoff media event.

In 2014, Garside was awarded the David and Lelia Farr Prize for Excellence in Economics and the Albritton Award, given to the outstanding undergraduate for work in Biblical studies. His economics thesis was titled “Saving the Soul: Rescuing religion from economic overreach.”

The Edwin G. Wilson Student-Athlete of the Year has been awarded each year since 1994. The award is presented annually to the Wake Forest student-athlete who best represents attributes taught both on the playing field and in the classroom. Named after the long-time Provost and English professor, Wilson has spent more than six decades on the Wake Forest University campus, first entering in 1939 for his bachelor of arts degree. After serving three years as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II, Wilson returned to his alma mater as an instructor and was named Professor of English in 1959. Over the years Wilson taught British Romantic Poets and the poetry of Blake, Yeats, and Thomas.

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