CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Six Eastern Kentucky University student-athletes were chosen as Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars, the organization announced on Tuesday.
The six Colonels were seniors Ragnhildur Kristinsdottir, Vilma Efraimsson and Carlee Shoemaker, juniors Elisa Orduna Shackleton and Maddie Hensley, and sophomore Rylea Marcum.
The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA for selection is 3.50.
“Our players put a high priority on their academics and it’s great for them to be recognized for their hard work on and off the course,” Head Coach Mandy Moore said. “This award combines golf and academics and to have so many get the award is awesome. I’m very proud of them and the year they had.”
No other ASUN Conference program had more than EKU’s six honorees.
Kristinsdottir was a second team CoSIDA Academic All-American, the ASUN Conference Golfer of the Year, ASUN First Team All-Conference, ASUN Women’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year and a member of the ASUN Women’s Golf All-Academic Team. She was the second player in program history to earn an individual bid to the NCAA Regional.
Efraimsson played in 11 of the team’s 12 events and a total of 33 rounds. She posted a 76.85 stroke average and registered one top-10 performance. Shoemaker saw action in eight events and played 24 rounds. She finished the season with a 78.38 stroke average. Shackleton played in all 12 of the team’s events. She was third on the team with a 75.19 stroke average and shot seven rounds at par or below. Hensley saw action in seven events and played 21 rounds. She registered a 76.81 stroke average and shot three rounds at par or below. Marcum was on the ASUN Women’s Golf All-Academic Team. She was second on the team with a 74.39 stroke average, second in the conference with two tournament wins and carded 11 rounds at par or better. She posted six top-10 performances and shot a program record 64 at the Lady Red Wolves Classic.
Kristinsdottir earned an undergraduate degree in finance and is pursuing a master’s in business administration. Efraimsson completed an undergraduate degree in art/design studio and is pursuing a master’s in exercise and sport science. Shoemaker is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration. Orduna Shackleton is majoring in sport management and Hensley is majoring in pre-veterinary.
A total of 1,485 women’s collegiate golfers from across NCAA Division I, II and III were recognized with the prestigious honor.