For the second consecutive year, two Newberry College women’s golfers were recipients of the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American scholar award. In the last three years, the scarlet and gray have featured seven NGCA All-American scholars.
A total of 494 women’s collegiate golfers were recognized as All-American scholars through Division I, II, and III. The criteria for selection is a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and Division II student-athletes must have competed in at least 66 percent of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.
Rising junior Maria Besio (Buenos Aires, Argentina) picked up her second NGCA All-American scholar honor after also being named after the 2008-09 academic year. Besio is business major that excels in the classroom and on the course. An honorable mention for NCGA All-America and a member of the NCGA All-Region team for 2009-10, Besio gained national attention this spring with a stellar performance competing as an individual at the NCAA National Championship in Mesa, Ariz.
Besio’s strong play at the national stage completed the best individual season in Newberry women’s golf history. Placing in the top-5 eight times in 11 tournaments, Besio won three individual championships including becoming the first Newberry women’s golfer to win the 2010 Food Lion SAC Championship.
Lisa Brandl (Nuremberg, Germany) was also named to the NGCA All-America scholar team for the 2009-10 academic year. A biology major, Brandl completed a successful first year for Newberry culminating in a selection to the All-South Atlantic Conference second team.
During the season, Brandl picked up seven top-20 placements, four top-10 placements, and three top-5 placements. Lisa accumulated the seventh best stroke average (80.5) for a season in Newberry women’s golf history.
With the selections of Besio and Brandl this year, the Newberry College women’s golf program has earned individual NGCA All-America scholar honors on 17 occasions.