4 ERAU Women Golfer’s Earn All-America Recognition
Women's Golf - Wed, May 31, 2017
The NAIA has announced the 2017 NAIA Women's Golf All-America teams, as selected by the NAIA-Women's Golf Coaches Association All-America Committee. A total of 45 student-athletes were honored, with 15 individuals being named to the first, second and third teams. Embry-Riddle, which finished second at the recent NAIA National Championships, placed four individuals on the list.
Senior Lauren Kruszewski and sophomore Elle Carlson are NAIA First Team honorees. Kruszewski becomes only the second Eagle in history to be named an All-American all four years of their athletic eligibility. The award tops off a stellar career for Kruszewski who, in addition to being a four-time First Team NAIA All-American, was the four-time Cal Pac Player of the Year and accumulated thirteen first place finishes over the past four years. She finished her senior year No. 5 on Golfstat with a 75.07 scoring average.
Carlson, a transfer from South Dakota State, made a big impact for the Eagles, finishing in the top five of each tournament she played in prior to the NAIA National Championship. Her scores landed her No. 3 nationally on Golfstat with 75.30 scoring average.
Freshman Jessica Williams, who recently finished in second place at the NAIA Women's Golf National Championship, joins junior Trae Jones as Third Team honorees. Williams finished the season with 78.82 scoring average and was ranked 57th on Golfstat. Jones had five top five finishes of her own, including first place finishes at the Embry-Riddle AZ Co-Ed Invite and the Midwest Spring Fling. She ended the season with a scoring average of 78 and a Golfstat ranking of 37th.
"What a tremendous accomplishment for each of these ladies and especially Lauren," said Head Coach Kim Haddow. "We are so proud of them and glad the committee recognized their talent. To quote our chancellor, Dr. Frank Ayers, 'at Embry-Riddle students can be successful at the highest level both athletically and academically.' These ladies are great examples of that."
This is the largest number of Eagles named NAIA All-American for the women's golf team in a single year. National Champion Oklahoma City leads all programs with six individuals on the All-America teams, and SCAD Savannah (Ga.) had five golfers represented. Keiser (Fla.) and Dalton State (Ga.) each joined ERAU with four golfers achieving All-America status.
Twenty-two individuals are making at least their second All-America appearance. Kruszewski is one of 13 student-athletes earning their third-straight All-American honors.