July 2, 2014
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - The Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) named three Coastal Carolina women's golfers, Frida Castillo, Emee Herbert and Lena Schaeffner, to the 2013-14 Division I All-American Scholar team, as announced on Wednesday, July 2.
The award is the second-consecutive for both Castillo and Schaeffner, while Herbert earned the honor for the first time.
"I'm proud of these student-athletes for their latest accomplishments," said Coastal Carolina women's golf head coach Katie Quinney. "To be named as an All-American Scholar by the WGCA while competing year round shows that these three individuals have high expectations both athletically and academically."
In all, 664 student-athletes across Division I, II and III schools, were honored for their work in the classroom and on the course. 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 to be considered for the award is 3.5.
In addition to the required 3.5 minimum GPA, student-athletes must meet a number of requirements, including being of high moral character and in good standing at the college making the nomination, and the student-athlete must have played in 50 percent of the team's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year nominated.
Castillo (3.55 GPA, exercise and sport science) competed in each of the Chants' 10 team events on the season, finishing her junior campaign with a 75.80 scoring average. She led Coastal at the 2014 Big South Championship with a fourth-place finish, earning All-Championship Team honors and helping Coastal to a runner-up team finish. She ended the season with a team-high 68 birdies to rank 88th-best in the NCAA. In addition, Castillo also earned All-Big South recognition from the league's coaches for her efforts during the regular season.
Herbert (3.65 GPA, recreation and sport management) posted a season scoring average of 77.59 and carded two rounds of par or better. She notched one top-five, one top-10 and four top-20 tournament finishes, including an 18th-place showing at the 2014 Big South Championship. She closed her junior campaign with 50 birdies and an average of 10.14 pars per round.
Schaeffner (3.72 GPA, recreation and sport management) owned a 74.30 season scoring average to lead the Chanticleers and rank second in the Big South. An All-Big South and Big South Championship Team honoree, Schaeffner averaged 11.87 pars per round, while owning a 82.7 fairways hit percentage and did not record a score higher than a double-bogey through 540 holes of competition. A three-time Big South Golfer of the Week, she was Coastal's top individual in three of five spring events and six of 10 events throughout the year. She set her career-best round with a 4-under 68 during the final round at the Briar's Creek Invitational on her way to a second-place individual finish.
The WGCA, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. Today, the WGCA 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.