Gustavus women’s golfers Kayleigh Dittes (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Katie Schenfeld (Indianola, Iowa), Annie Jackson (Fargo, N.D.), and Taylor Drenttel (Eagan, Minn.) have earned a spot on the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team for NCAA Division III. A total of 566 women’s golfers across Divisions I, II, and III earned All-American Scholar honors. To be eligible for the award, athletes must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.
Kayleigh Dittes earns a place on the NGCA All-American Scholar Team with a GPA of 3.76 in Biology. Dittes, a sophomore from Eden Prairie, Minn., turned in a season average of 84.4, earning All-Conference distinction for the first time in her career.
Back-to-back MIAC Champion and four-time All-MIAC performer Katie Schenfeld makes the team with a GPA of 3.78 in Management and Health Fitness. The senior Indianola, Iowa native took home All-America honors this season after finishing third at the NCAA Championships.
Junior Taylor Drenttel, an Eagan, Minn. native, makes the All-American Scholar Team with a 3.92 GPA in Psychology. Drenttel shot a 239 at the 2010 MIAC Championships, finishing runner-up for the second straight year and earning All-MIAC honors for the third time in her career.
Rounding out the group is Fargo, N.D. product Annie Jackson, who concluded her junior year with a 3.82 in Political Science and Management. Jackson, an All-Conference performer in 2009, notched three finishes in the top-10 this season, recording a season stroke average of 83.8.
The Gustavus women’s golf team won the 2010 MIAC Championship and finished second at the NCAA Championships this season.
Only Otterbein University had more team members earn All-American Scholar honors than Gustavus, placing five on the team. Allegheny College, Franklin College, and Hope College all had four golfers make the team. Traci Johnson and Laura Knutson of Carelton, and Gia Puch of Saint Mary’s are the other members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to bring home the prestigious award.
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. Today, the NGCA represents nearly 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.