Four Florida Tech Panthers Awarded WGCA All-American Scholars
By Florida Tech // July 11, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A season in which Florida Tech proved itself to be among the top programs in the nation on the golf course, it also proved it was up for the challenge in the classroom, Enduring some of the most stringent criteria in all of college athletics, four Panthers – Johanna Larsson, Felicia Leftinger, Guro Rambjoer and Sarah Thomas – have been announced All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.
Maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50, Florida Tech’s four representatives are the most of any school in the Sunshine State Conference.
The honors keep on coming for Larsson, having already been recognized as First Team All-Sunshine State Conference and First Team All-American by the WGCA.
The sophomore paced the Panthers this season with a remarkable seven top-five finishes in 11 tournaments, including wins at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate and Lady Moc Golf Classic.
In addition, Larsson ranked fourth in NCAA Division II with a scoring average of 74.74, posting a season-low 67 along the way at the Armstrong Pirate Women’s Invitational.
Felicia Leftinger adds the accolade after also being awarded First Team All-American less than two months ago. The native of Gothenburg, Sweden tallied six top-five finishes in helping guide the Crimson and Gray to a No. 1 ranking this spring.
As a junior, Leftinger carded a 75.15-stroke scoring average and claimed a thrilling victory at the Saint Leo Invitational back in late October. Of her 27 total rounds, she completed seven at par or better.
Earning the academic praise comes as icing on the cake for Rambjoer, whom the WGCA previously named a Second Team All-American and All-South Region performer.
As part of an excellent sophomore campaign, Rambjoer notched six top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments and also secured the Lady Falcon Invitational with back-to-back rounds of even-par 72 in FIT’s first tournament of the season.
Furthermore, she fired a season-low 70 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Super Regional, eventually clinching the program’s third-ever individual berth to the National Championship.
Yet another underclassman to be acknowledged, Thomas made the most of her seven tournaments this season, finishing in the top-25 on three separate occasions.
The sophomore from Henderson, Nevada averaged 79.76 strokes in her 17 total rounds, registering a season-low 71 en route to an 11th-place tie at the Saint Leo Invitational.
Collectively, FIT’s women’s golf team was edged out by one stroke in its effort to reach the National Championship back in early May.