Florida Tech’s Leftinger, Thomas Complete Golf All-American Scholar Trifecta
By Florida Tech Sports // July 8, 2016
Both STUDENT-ATHLETES maintained 3.50 GPA
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Following a season in which Florida Tech finished ranked No. 3 nationally in the final Golfstat poll, a pair of Panthers also displayed an extraordinary amount of success in the classroom.
Enduring some of the most stringent criteria in all of college athletics, both Felicia Leftinger and Sarah Thomas have been named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
Maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50, Leftinger and Thomas give Florida Tech multiple representatives on the highly-regarded list for the third straight season.
The prestigious accolade is one more for Leftinger to add to her resume, with WGCA First Team All-American, WGCA All-South Region and First Team All-Sunshine State Conference honors already to her name.
The Swede’s third consecutive scholar recognition throughout her illustrious Florida Tech career is well deserved after the senior bumped her grade point average to a near-3.87 in Finance and Global Management in 2015-16.
On the course, meanwhile, Leftinger wound up in sixth overall at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championship, the best finish by a Panther player since Daniela Iacobelli did so back in 2009.
Furthermore, Leftinger collected two first-place ties this spring at the Barry Women’s Invitational and St. Edward’s Invitational, and ranked among the Top-20 in NCAA Division II in: birdies (70), par-5 scoring (5.02), and overall scoring average (74.82).
The owner of a 3.76 GPA in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Thomas has been a shoo-in for the All-American Scholar Team since arriving at Florida Tech back in 2013.
As a junior, she posted a scoring average of 79.19 while competing in 11 tournaments overall. The Henderson, Nevada native also recorded two Top-10 finishes, helping lead Florida Tech to a 14-stroke victory at the Lady Panther Invitational back in March following a season-best tie for sixth.
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