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Madison Central's Tristyn Nowlin recently graduated from the University of the Illinois. She was also named a First-Team All-Big Ten selection this season. She has been granted another year of eligibility because her senior season was cut short due to COVID-19.

Tristyn Nowlin's senior season at the University of Illinois didn't end the way she wanted.

It was cut short by the cancelations brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.

The Madison Central graduate missed out on a chance to compete for a Big Ten Championship and to help her team earn a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.

That disappointing conclusion, though, didn't mark the end of her college golf career.

Nowlin has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA because of the COVID-19 cancelations and is set to return to Illinois next year.

"I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to compete for another year," Nowlin said.

The standout golfer also received some other good news earlier this week.

Nowlin was named All-Big Ten for the fourth-consecutive season. She was a second-team honoree the past three years, but this year earned first-team accolades.

"That was one of my goals and it felt so good to accomplish that, especially with how the season ended," Nowlin said.

Nowlin led the Illini with a stroke average of 72.58 in 2019-2020. Her second career tournament victory came in September at Oklahoma's Schooner Fall Classic.

Her third-round score of 68 (-4) at the Landfall Tradition was the lowest round by an Illinois golfer in 2019-20.

Nowlin helped Madison Central capture its first-ever girls KHSAA state golf in 2015. She was named Miss Kentucky Golf and signed with Illinois.

She jumped right into the line-up with the Illini. As a freshman, Nowlin recorded nine rounds under par.

As a sophomore, she posted the second-best single season stroke average in program history (72.59).

She claimed her first career college title in 2018 at the Cardinal Cup.

Nowlin led the way as Illinois advanced to the NCAA Golf Championships for the first time in school history last May.

The Richmond native recently earned her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a minor in psychology. She graduated with Alpha Sigma honors.

Nowlin plans on pursing her master's degree in recreation, sports and tourism.

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