Three Panthers Named WGCA All-American Scholars
By Florida Tech // July 5, 2014
Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup
WOMEN’S GOLF — The Women’s Golf Coaches Association announced the 2013-14 All-American Scholars Team for NCAA Divisions I, II, and III Wednesday afternoon.
The Florida Tech Panthers were represented by sophomore Felicia Leftinger, freshman Guro Rambjoer, and fellow freshman Sarah Thomas on the list of honorees.
Leftinger was also named a WGCA Second Team All-American last month for her play on the course this past season. All 26 rounds she played counted towards the team score. A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Leftinger finished her season with a scoring average of 75.54.
This is the first career WGCA award for Rambjoer and Thomas. Rambjoer, a native of Oslo, Norway, played in 11 tournaments in 2013-14. She had a scoring average of 77.12, and was second on the team with 45 birdies. Thomas played in eight tournaments this past season.
The Henderson, Nevada native recorded a scoring average of 79.94, and had 10 rounds count towards the team score. A total of 664 women’s collegiate golfers earned the All-American Scholar status.
In order to qualify, the athletes had to maintain a GPA of at least 3.50.
Twenty golfers from the Sunshine State Conference earned All-American Scholar honors. A full list of the WGCA All-American Scholars Team can be found in the Related Links box.
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches.
The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition.
Today, the WGCA represents over 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
Four Rowers Earn IRA All-Academic Recognition
Florida Tech graduate student Mindaugas Beliauskas, senior Alec Bertossa, senior coxswain Jessica Mellinger and junior Ernestas Zarskis have earned Intercollegiate Rowing Association All-Academic distinction, announced by the IRA Board of Stewards.
Beliauskas, Mellinger and Zarskis helped the Panthers’ varsity eight finish 15th in the IRA Regatta earlier this month.
Although the crew entered the race ranked 20th in the country, they beat five crews ranked ahead of them in No. 14 Penn, No. 15 Oregon State twice, No. 17 George Washington, No. 18 Syracuse twice and No. 19 Hobart. Bertossa, a four-year rower for Florida Tech, competed in the second varsity eight at the regatta.