Coral Springs, Fla. - The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) has announced the 2012-13 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. Winners were recognized at the WGCA Division III Awards Banquet held in Destin, Florida. Among the list of honorees was Gustavus Adolphus golfers Kayleigh Dittes (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.), Sam Falk (So., Glenwood, Minn.), and Liz Strom (So., Fargo, N.D.). All three student-athletes earned a place on the WGCA All-Midwest Region Team.
Head Coach Scott Moe’s lone senior, Kayleigh Dittes, earns All-Region recognition for the second time in her career this season. Dittes was a rock-solid No. 1 in the Gustavus lineup from start-to-finish. She led the team in stroke average with an 80.5 (+8) through 21 rounds. The senior posted three top five finishes and led the team with a sixth place performance at the 2012 MIAC Championships after shooting a 241 (+25). Her season average of 80.5 ranks seventh all-time in Gustavus women’s golf history.
After taking home the honor after her rookie season, Sam Falk is back on the All-Region Team once again as a sophomore. Falk recorded two event wins – taking the MSU-Mankato dual and winning the Carleton Invitational, both of which came in the spring. She grabbed All-Conference marks with an eighth place finish at the MIAC Championships after shooting a 242 (+8). Her season average of 81.3 (+9) through 21 rounds ranked second on the team.
Liz Strom rounds out the trio of Gusties with the first All-Region accolade of her career. Strom also played in all 21 of Gustavus’s rounds this season, finishing third on the team in average score with an 84.5 (+12). She posted four finishes inside the top 10 and earned All-MIAC distinction after a 10th place finish with a 246 (+30).
The All-Midwest Region Team was made up of a total of 10 golfers, nine of which were Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference student-athletes.
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. 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.