Five Gamecocks Named to NGCA All-American Scholar Team|
July 7, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Five South Carolina women's golfers were named to the 2012 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar team on Friday, as Katie Burnett, Justine Dreher, Katie Rose Higgins, Amanda Strang and Samantha Swinehart received the honor.
The Gamecocks' five selections were the most among SEC schools, as 25 golfers from the conference were on the list. The minimum cumulative GPA to earn the honor is a 3.50.
Burnett, an experimental psychology major, earns the honor for a fourth straight year. She wrapped up her career in May as one of the best in program history as she finished with a career scoring average of 74.18, which ranks first all-time at South Carolina. Burnett earned second team All-America honors from both NGCA and Golfweek after posting a stroke average of 72.94 and producing five top-five finishes this season, including a fifth-place showing at the NCAA Championship, which is the best ever by a Gamecock. She was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large Third Team.
A sport and entertainment management major, Dreher had a stellar debut as a Gamecock as she was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. Dreher came on strong in the spring with three top-20 finishes, including a tie for 19th showing at the NCAA East Regional to help lead Carolina to its second regional title in three years. Her best finish came at the SEC Championship where she tied for 12th. Dreher ranked third on the squad this season with a stroke average of 75.50, which ranks third all-time at South Carolina for a freshman.
Higgins receives the honor for a second straight year. An accounting major, Higgins played in seven tournaments this season and compiled a stroke average of 77.60. She fired a final-round 67 at the Cougar Classic, which tied a career low and tied for the second lowest round by a sophomore in school history.
Strang earns the honor for a third consecutive year. An experimental psychology major, she ranked second on the team with a scoring average of 75.15, which was the third best average all-time for a junior in a single season at South Carolina. She also lowered her career average to 76.07 to move into sixth place in school history on the career average list. She finished the season with two top-20 finishes, including a tie for seventh showing at the Bryan National Collegiate.
Swinehart, a sport and entertainment management major, makes her second straight appearance on the All-American Scholar list. She played in eight tournaments on the year and recorded a stroke average of 77.48. She narrowly missed a top-20 showing at the Bryan National Collegiate, finishing tied for 22nd with rounds of 73-75-76=224 playing as an individual.