CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- A total of 17 ASUN Conference Women's Golf standouts were named 18Birdies WGCA All-American Scholars. Jacksonville and North Florida each placed four on the list followed by Lipscomb with three and two each from FGCU, Kennesaw State and Stetson.
The Dolphins were represented by Maria Brunzell, Amanda Detmer, Louis Persson and Mawgan Vater. Teresa Conroy, Sydney Shrader, Mindy Herrick and Dani Gonzalez were the Ospreys named to the team. The three Bisons on the list were Emily Keeling, Sarah Hinton and Lauryn Davidson. FGCU was represented by Madeline Marck-Sherk and Ailsa Clark, the Owls placed Chloe Thornton and Medy Thavong on the squad, while Meghan Mclean and Sarah May were named from the Hatters' team.
Brunzell completed her JU career with a team-best T14th place finish at the ASUN Championship. She had rounds of 85-78-78 for a three-round total of 241. Detmer finished the championship tied for 20th in the field with a 246 (90-81-75). Persson finished her senior season with a 79.5 stroke average, while Vater average 80.52 on the year.
Juniors Conroy and Shrader along with sophomore Herrick and freshman Gonzalez were recognized for their strong work in the classroom. Conroy and Shrader are both earning their third appearance on the list, which equals the program record, while Herrick is collecting her second honor.
Davidson, a Spanish and Teaching double major from Vienna, West Virginia, landed on the list with a 4.00 GPA for the second consecutive year. She became the first Lipscomb women's golfer in program history to ever earn ASUN All-Academic recognition in her junior campaign. She finished third on the team with 27 birdies this season.
A native of Farragut, Tennessee, Keeling posted a 3.79 GPA in her first year in Nashville. The freshman finished second on the team with 38 birdies and third with a scoring average of 80.0 on the year. Her birdie total was tied for the fifth-most in a single season in program history. Keeling also finished second on the team in par 3 scoring (3.36) and par 5 scoring (5.34).
Hinton (3.76 GPA) had arguably one of the best freshman campaigns in Lipscomb women's golf history. She led the team in par 3 scoring (3.35), par 4 scoring (4.42) and par 5 scoring (5.28). The Elizabethtown, Kentucky product was second on the squad with a 78.5 scoring average, while her 46 birdies paced the team – just one off the most all-time in a single season. She also recorded four of the team's six lowest 36-hole totals (144, 147, 147, 149) this season.
For Marck-Sherk, she concludes her career as a three-time WGCA Scholar All-American. She compiled a 4.00 GPA during the spring semester and earned a spot on the ASUN's All-Academic team. She concluded her career as a two-time All-ASUN selection after earning ASUN All-Freshmen team recognition in her rookie campaign. Meanwhile, Clark had a 3.767 GPA in the spring and maintains a 3.803 GPA heading into her final season. She can become just the third player in program history to be a four-time winner next year.
Thavong, a Prachinburi, Thailand native carries a 3.97 grade-point average in Accounting. This is her fourth consecutive appearance on the WGCA All-American Scholar Team. On the course, she participated in eight events this season with a 74.81 scoring average. She finished fourth at the Hawkeye El-Tigre Invitational where the senior registered rounds of 74-72-70 for an even-par total of 216. Thavong also earned ASUN Golfer of the Week honors for her performance The pinnacle of her season came at the ASUN Championship where she won the individual title with rounds of 76-69-78 for a 4-over par total of 223. Thavong was named to the ASUN All-Conference Second Team and All-Academic Team.
Thornton holds a 3.9 GPA in Nursing. She finished the season as the top-ranked freshman in the ASUN at No.188 in the Golfstat rankings. Thornton played in all 11 events and posted a 74.07 scoring average. She collected seven top 20 finishes including four top 10 showings. She carded a team-high 11 rounds at par or better and 27 of her 29 rounds counted towards the Owls team score. She posted 5-under par totals of 211 at the Illini Women's Invitational at Medinah and the Moon Golf Invitational. The Canberra, Australia native led the team with five rounds in the 60's this season including a 68 to earn co-medalist honors in the stroke play portion of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. She was named the ASUN Freshman of the Year, ASUN First Team All-Conference and earned a spot on the ASUN All-Freshman Team.
Stetson's May and McLean both finished in the Top 20 of the ASUN Women's Golf Championship in April. May, who recently qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur, placed in a tie for 17th place with a 244, while McLean shot a 245 for 19th place.
The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics as the minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.