July 18, 2006
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Balancing rigorous academic and athletic schedules for a sport that lasts nearly the entire year can be challenging, but for four Santa Clara women golfers the effort has been recognized. The National Golf Coaches Association released its 2005-06 All-American Scholar Team late Monday, and among the honorees were Santa Clara's Hilaire Fouts, Jenny Nelson, Eriko Sato and Megan Stoddart.
The criteria for selection to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all college athletics. Candidates must carry a minimum grade-point average of 3.50 and have competed in at least 50% of their team's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the season.
Fouts, a communications major from Davis, Calif., holds a 3.50 GPA through her first two years on the Mission Campus. She participated in six of the team's tournaments, shooting an average round of 84.46 strokes.
An accounting major from Pleasanton, Calif., Nelson carries a 3.68 GPA through her first two years. In the 2005-06 season, she shot an average round of 82.00 over six tournaments, including an 18th-place finish at the WCC Championships.
Honolulu, Hawaii native Sato, a finance major, owns an impressive 3.66 grade-point average and in her senior year saw action in five competitions and turned in a per-round average of 84.50 strokes.
Stoddart, who transferred to Santa Clara prior to 2005-06 from the University of Hawaii, made an immediate impact with the Broncos. At the team's first tournament of the season, the junior out of Sacramento, Calif. shot a three-round total of 218 to capture the individual title at the Bronco Fall Invitational hosted by Boise State. She notched three more top-ten finishes during the season, including one at the WCC Championships which garnered her a spot on the All-WCC First Team. She also paced the squad with a scoring average of 77.16 strokes per round.
In the classroom, Stoddart, a marketing major, accumulated a grade-point average of 3.76 to earn All-American Scholar recognition.