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Four women's golfers earn All-American Scholar accolades

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State golfers Marisa Kamelgarn, Sofia Pettersson, Emma Jonsson and Emma Eksell have been selected to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team for the 2011-12 school year.

The list honors 585 women’s collegiate golfers at the Division I, II and III levels. It recognizes individuals with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 who have played in at least 50 percent of their school’s varsity tournaments.

“We are certainly interested in winning conference championships, but we also place a high emphasis on good-character individuals who want to achieve in the classroom and community,” MSU Head Coach Stephanie Barker said. “I am very proud of these four young ladies for everything they’ve accomplished academically. They are terrific examples of what true student-athletes are all about.”

Kamelgarn, a native of Mahopac, N.Y., owns a 3.77 GPA heading into her senior campaign. She played in 30 rounds as a junior and tallied an Ohio Valley Conference-best 74.5 stroke average. Kamelgarn was tabbed as the OVC Golfer of the Year, earned five OVC weekly awards, won three tournaments, posted seven top-10 efforts and tied for first at the conference tournament. She also turned in the program’s best single-round (69) and tournament (215) scores a year ago.

Pettersson, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, owns a 4.00 GPA heading into her junior season. She played in 30 rounds as a sophomore and registered a 79.8 stroke average.

“Our young ladies set goals each year, and the academic portion of their college experience is always at the top of the list,” Barker said. “I focus on recruiting student-athletes who will buy into the philosophies of our program, athletic department and university. Not only do we want high-caliber golfers, but we want young ladies who are interested in earning a college degree and making a positive impact on the lives of other people.”

Jonsson, a native of Taby, Sweden, finished her MSU career with a 3.61 GPA. She played in 30 rounds as a senior and recorded a 77.6 stroke average. Jonsson earned All-OVC Second-Team accolades after carding four top-10 finishes and tying for eighth at the league tournament.

Eksell, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, finished her MSU career with a 3.79 GPA. She played in 16 rounds as a senior and posted an 80.8 stroke average.

“From an athletic standpoint, Morehead State is the end of the road for 99 percent of our golfers,” Barker added. “But a college degree is something that can never be taken away from our young ladies. I want them to perform at a high level on the golf course while they’re an Eagle, but I also want them to be prepared for the real world after college.”

All four individuals have previously earned this prestigious honor. Kamelgarn, Jonsson and Eksell receive their third career nod, while Pettersson is cited for a second time.

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