July 8, 2011

Women's Golf Trio Earns NGCA Scholar All-America Honors

Ervin, Lee, and Petronis Earn Honors

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Sophomore Heather Petronis, Senior Goeun Lee and recently graduated Lion Suzanne Ervin, received the last of the hardware for the 2010-11 season as the trio earned National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Scholar All-American honors, it was announced Friday by the NGCA.

In total, 566 women's collegiate golfers across Division I, II, and III, were recognized with the prestigious honor.

About the acknowledgment, Coach Erika Brennan commented, "This is an amazing testament to the ladies dedication in the classroom. I am extremely proud of these ladies."

The trio, who helped the Lions reach the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, contributed very successful individual campaigns both on the course and in the classroom for the Green & Gold.

"Last year we had our first two recipients of this honor in Anna Riss and Suzanne Ervin, so I am excited that this team continues to raise the bar with three recipients this season.  We will continue to build on this momentum during the upcoming year."

Sophomore Heather Petronis, a Sport Business major, had one of the best freshman campaigns in program history. Being named Saint Leo Female Athlete of the Week twice and Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week once, the Northfield, N.J. native was selected the SSC's Freshman of the Year, in addition to claiming one tournament crown and setting a program record-low round of 69 at the NIU Snowbird International. She finished the year with a 79.58 scoring average.

Lee, a Criminal Justice major, was also selected Saint Leo Female Athlete of the Week. She posted a low-round score of 72 at the Peggy Kirk Bell Intercollegiate and completed the season with a 79.38 scoring average.

Ervin, an Accounting major and a two-time recipient of the award, was one of four Lions to compete in all 26 rounds. She connected on 30 birdies and collected a scoring average just a shade over 80. She highlighted her season with a low-round score of 76.

In total, four Sunshine State Conference schools appeared on the list.

The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. Today, the NGCA represents nearly 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 66% of the college's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

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