MANHATTAN, Kan. – Three members of the Kansas State women’s golf team have earned national recognition as Katie Heffel, Helene Robert and Abbi Sunner were all named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team, the association has announced.
The three Wildcats were among 26 Big 12 student-athletes on the list while K-State’s three selections on the squad tied for the most of any other Big 12 institution.
Heffel, a three-time Academic All-Big 12 pick, wrapped her career this past spring while majoring in Social Sciences. The Mesa, Ariz., native competed in 34 tournaments for the Wildcats and accumulated a 79.77 stroke average for her career. Heffel had four career top-20 finishes including a 13th place finish at the 2005 Edwin Watts Palmetto.
Robert also earned first team honors for the third straight year. A senior from Lac Brome, Quebec, Robert collected 43 career tournament appearances for the Wildcats with 78.15 stroke average for her career. Robert had 15 career top-20 finishes for the Wildcats including an individual title at the 2005 Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational.
A product of Ankeny, Iowa, Sunner competed in eight tournaments as a true freshman for the Wildcats last season, including six spring events. She recorded three top-20 finished during 2006-07, including a second-place at the Baja Classic, and finished the season with a 78.5 stroke average. Sunner won the Division 8 Girls (18-19) section last month at the Pepsi Little Peoples Golf Championship at the Deer Run Golf Course in Hamilton, Ill.
The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50% (Division I) or 66% (Division II & III) of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.
The Kansas State women’s golf team open their 2007-08 season on Monday, Sept. 10, at the Chip-N-Club Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.