Golfing Quartet Named Scholar All-Americans

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Colleen Estes is a four time NGCA All-American Scholar
Senior Colleen Estes is a four time NGCA All-American Scholar

July 8, 2011

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Senior Colleen Estes, junior Julia Strandberg and freshmen Faith Hardison and Fanny Wolte have been named 2010-11 NCAA Division I All-American Scholars according to an announcement by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Friday.

For Estes, the selection is the fourth of her career, making her the second-four-time honoree in East Carolina program history joining former Pirate great Abby Bools (2007-10). It is also the second-time that four Pirates have been named all-american scholars in the same season - other was 2006-07.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.50 grade-point average and have competed in at least 50 percent (Division I) or 66 percent (Division II & III) of the institution's regularly-scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

Estes, who recently earned her degree in health fitness with a business administration minor, is a four-time Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal winner, four-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient, eight-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll member, 2011 C-USA Golf All-Academic Team member and was recently selected as one of 12 recipients of the spring C-USA Spirit of Service Award.

On the course, she participated in all 11 events for the Pirates including her fourth-straight NCAA Regional in South Bend, Indiana where she recorded a tournament score of 233. Estes posted a personal-best stroke average of 76.77 during her senior campaign and closed out her four-year career with a 78.35 average, which ranks 10th all-time in school history.

Strandberg played in seven events posting an 80.58 stroke average and carded a career-best 18-hole score of 73 during the first round of the Windy City Collegiate Classic. The Greensboro, N.C. native's top career finish (t-22nd) came at the UNCW Lady Seahawk Classic where she carded a 36-hole 159 (79-80). In the classroom, Strandberg is a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member, two-time C-USA Academic Medal winner and five-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient.

Hardison appeared in seven events during the 2010-11 year where she owned a 79.11 stroke average in 19 rounds. The redshirt freshman recorded a pair of top-20 placements in her first three collegiate events with a personal-best 10th place finish at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate where she also posted a career-low 18-hole score of 68 and tournament score of 221. Of the golf course, Hardison is a two-time C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal winner, two-time C-USA Honor Roll recipient and four-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll member.

Wolte, who was named first-team All C-USA and took home Freshman-of-the-Year honors, rounds out the Pirate scholastic all-america selections. She finished her freshman season with a 75.13 stroke average, which was the eighth-lowest in school history. In 11 events, she recorded a pair of wins (Barefoot at the Beach and UNCW Lady Seahawk) becoming the fifth Pirate to win multiple tournaments in the same season. Wolte also finished with three top-five placement, five top-10's, seven top-20's and was named C-USA Golfer-of-the-Week on March 9. In the classroom, she was a C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal Winner, C-USA Honor Roll recipient and a two-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll member.

In the 11-year history of the Lady Pirates golf program, nine golfers have tallied 21 NGCA All-America Scholar honors.

East Carolina National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars
Abby Bools (2007-10)
Colleen Estes (2008-11)
Faith Hardison (2011)
Jessica Hauser (2005-07)
Lene Krog (2006-07)
Margret Mitchell (2002-04)
Julia Strandberg (2011)
Michelle Williams (2005 and 2007)
Fanny Wolte (2011)