A quartet of East Carolina University women’s golfers received good news last week as sophomore Dorthea Forbrigd, juniors Carley Cox and Kate Law and senior Lisa Pettersson were named NCAA Division 1 2017-2018 All-American Scholars.
The announcement came after the Pirates’ third straight American Athletic Conference Team Academic Award with a 3.839 team GPA.
These awards follow strong season for the Pirates, who saw the team finish second in the conference and participate in a NCAA Regional. Pirate assistant coach Mary Katherine Donovan said she is excited for the honorees, and proud of the work they have put in on and off the course.
“This is a really great honor for these girls,” Donovan said. “I see every day how hard they work in the classroom and on the course, and they are really working twice as hard in the classroom. To see them getting results for their hard work both in the classroom and on the course is great and they really deserve it.”
Pettersson, who is now a four-time All-America Scholar, finished her career with the Pirates this season, appearing in 12 events and averaging a seasonal stroke average of 74.24. Pettersson also notched one top five, two top 10 and six top 20 finishes this season. She ends her career third on the all-time Pirate stroke average chart with a career average of 74.67.
This year marks Law’s third straight as an All-America Scholar, and she competed in 10 events for the team as a junior. She owned a scoring average of 75.96, good for fifth on the team, and secured two top five and 10 finishes as well as three top 20 finishes.
Junior Carley Cox enjoyed her second All-America Scholar award while participating in 12 events for the team and averaging a second best 74.14 stroke average. Her two top five, three top 10 and six top 20 finishes were good for AAC All-Conference honors, and she also set a personal best of 211 this season while playing at the Pinehurst Challenge.
Forbrigd enjoyed her second consecutive All-America Scholar award as a sophomore for the Pirates while having a team best 73.06 scoring average, which is also the second best of all time for the program. Forbrigd played in 12 events for the Pirates, and had four top five, six top 10 and seven top 20 finishes this season. She also scored her first career win in a playoff against teammate and fellow All-America Scholar Kate Law at the Pirate Collegiate Classic.
This season marks the 14th straight season the Pirates have multiple All-America Scholars. Coach Donovan is proud of the hard work the team is putting in on the course and in the classroom, but still has high expectations for the team moving forward.
“The girls know coming in that our expectations are in the classroom first and then the golf course,” Donovan said. “And we have extremely high expectations, especially after seeing how good these players can be. We expect a lot from these players and this season they really showed what they are capable of.”
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