Four ASU Women's Golfers named All-American scholars

From Arkansas State University

Four members of the Arkansas State women's golf team have been named as 2011-12 All-American Scholars by the National Golf Coaches Association.

Seniors Anna Carling (Cardiff, Wales) and Jennifer Welch (Little Rock, Ark.) along with juniors Jennifer Loiacano (Jonesboro, Ark.) and Courtney Manning (Auckland, New Zealand) all earned All-American Scholar status by carrying a grade-point-average of at least 3.50.

"I am truly excited to have four players receiving this award this year," ASU women's golf coach M.J. Desbiens said. "Their dedication in the classroom and on the golf course goes above and beyond my expectations and they are all very deserving of this award."

Welch was named to the Sun Belt Conference all-conference team for her performance last season. She also finished in a tie for 10th at the SBC tournament after turning a season-best 70 in the second round of the tournament.

Carling finished second on the team with a stroke average of 77.30 and finished in a tie for fifth at both the Lady Red Wolf Classic and the Blue Raider Invitational.

Loiacano notched the team's only individual medalist of the year by winning the Lady Red Wolf Classic. She finished fourth on the team with a stroke average of 79.70 and also had a top-15 finish at the ORU Shootout.

Manning finished third on the team with a stroke average of 79.22 and notched top-15 finishes at the Lady Red Wolf Classic and the Jackrabbit Invitational.