The record-setting Northern Illinois University women’s golf team placed five student-athletes on the 2019 Academic All Mid-American Conference team announced Monday by the MAC Office.
Seniors Kelly Anderson (Wheaton, Illinois/Wheaton-Warrenville South H.S.) and Brielle Ward (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland H.S.) both earned Academic All-MAC honors for the third time, while junior Isabella Samudio (Bogotá, Colombia/Colegio Helvetia de Bogotá) received the award for the second time. Sophomores Sofia Gomez Enriquez (Asunción, Paraguay/Montverde Academy, Florida) and Lauren Ingle (Rochester Hills, Michigan/Rochester Hills-Stoney Creek H,S.) were both named Academic All-MAC in their first year of eligibility for the honor.
Anderson, who graduated in May with a 3.99 GPA in communicative disorders, ranks fourth all-time at NIU with a 76.79 stroke average over 109 rounds in four seasons as a starter. She averaged 76.5 strokes in 26 rounds in 2018-19, including a career low of 70 at The Johnie Imes. A double major in philosophy and psychology, Ward graduated with a 3.78 GPA and the Huskies’ all-time record for career stroke average at 75.74 in a school record 117 rounds. The three-time All-MAC selection set the NIU single season stroke average in her senior year with a mark of 74.94 to break her own record.
Samudio, who posted a 3.93 GPA in leadership and management in NIU’s College of Business, competed in nine tournaments for the Huskies as a junior and average a 78.9 over 22 rounds. Her career stroke average is currently fifth all-time at NIU as four of the top five career averages belong to members of the 2018-19 women’s golf team.
A second-team All-MAC selection in 2019, Ingle played in every tournament for the Huskies and her 2,324 strokes were just one off the team lead to rank her second on the NIU single season list with a 74.97 stroke average. Ingle was NIU’s top finisher in five tournaments on the year while compiling a 3.80 GPA as she begins to pursue her nursing major.
Gomez Enriquez is a business administration major with a 3.24 GPA who compiled a stroke average of 77.6 in 28 rounds as a sophomore while in the Huskie line-up for 10 of 12 tournaments on the season.
As a team, NIU broke the school record for lowest team stroke average (301.65) and recorded the best 18, 36 and 54 hole tournament scores in school history during the 2018-19 season.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. Student-athletes in their first year of competition (freshman/transfers) are not eligible. From the list of Academic All-MAC honorees, the league’s faculty athletics representatives select the MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes three times per year (fall/winter/spring) who are designated as the “best of the best” in academic and athletic accomplishment.