Seven Camels recognized in Big South women's golf post-season awards

2017 Big South Conference player of the year Annelie Sjoholm
(photo by Todd Drexler)
2017 Big South Conference player of the year Annelie Sjoholm (photo by Todd Drexler)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After leading wire-to-wire to claim a second-straight Big South Conference women's golf championship Wednesday, seven Camels received post-season recognition.

Annelie Sjoholm was named Big South player of the year, Desiree Andersson was tabbed freshman of the year and John Crooks was voted coach of the year.  Nadine White, Ayelen Irizar and Anna Svanka joined Sjoholm and Andersson on the all-conference team. Stacey White was named to the all-freshman team alongside Andersson.

By posting top-five finishes in the league tournament, Nadine White, Andersson and Sjoholm were named to the all-championship team.  Sjoholm was also chosen for the Big South women's golf all-academic team.

Crooks moved into a tie for third in NCAA Division I all-time tournament coaching wins with his 81st victory at the Big South Championship. Only Dan Brooks of Duke (127) has more tourney wins among active coaches.  He was named league coach of the year for the 18th time overall, and 14th on the women's side.  His team also captured the Palmetto Intercollegiate last October and finished among the top-five seven times through 10 events.

After setting a school and Big South Championship 54-hole scoring record at 15-under par (849), Campbell will make its 20th NCAA post-season trip in the last 25 seasons May 8-10 at one of four NCAA Regional sites.

Sjoholm was named Big South player of the year after leading the league in stroke average (73.28). The junior from Vasteras, Sweden produced five top-10 finishes on the year, including her first collegiate victory at the Amelia Island Collegiate (70-71-69—210). She placed fifth in the Big South Championship (73-69-73—215), one year after finishing as runner-up in the 2016 event.  She entered the Big South Championship ranked No.-116 in the Golfstat Cup. Over 29 rounds, she has made 95 birdies, tied for 17th in the nation.  She earned Big South golfer of the week honors four times in a five-week span in February and March. Off the course, Sjoholm owns a 3.54 grade-point average as a business administration major and has been named to the Big South all-academic team two-straight years.

Andersson ranked seventh overall and led all league freshmen in stroke average (75.04). A product of Hollviken, Sweden, Andersson was tied for the lead after 36 holes of the Big South Championship after recording collegiate lows in the first two rounds. She finished in a tie for third place (69-68-74—211), her best showing of the 2016-17 season.  She was named Big South freshman of the week five times. Andersson and Stacey White teamed to place 20th in the Golfstat freshman impact ranking.

Nadine White followed her 2016 Big South medalist and player of the year campaign by finishing as runner-up in the 2017 championship.  The senior from Brisbane, Australia set a Big South Championship and school record by firing a 7-under-par 65 in the final round to finish at 6-under 210 (71-74-65), just three shots off her school mark.  A three-time all-conference performer, White ranks second in the Big South in stroke average (73.52) and has produced four top-10 finishes this season.  She is ranked No.-161 in the latest Golfstat cup and will make her fourth NCAA regional appearance next month.

Irizar earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career after posting a collegiate best 75.41 scoring average (ninth in the Big South) while playing in all 29 rounds.  The junior from Buenos Aires, Argentina earned her first career top-10 with a ninth-place effort at the Golfweek Program Challenge, where she shot a collegiate low 68 in the second round.  Irizar finished 10th at the Big South Championship, where she was one-under-par over her last 18 holes (73-75-71—219) and helped CU break a school and league tournament 54-hole record. 

Svanka played the final 36 holes of the Big South Championship at one-under (79-72-71—223) and tied for 14th. A sophomore from Riga, Latvia, Svanka posted the 11th-best scoring average in the Big South (75.65) and produced her second career top-10 with a fifth-place finish at the Amelia Island Collegiate (73-72-71—216).  Last September, Svanka represented her native Latvia in the World Amateur Team Championship in Mexico.

In her first collegiate campaign, Stacey White logged the 12th-best stroke average among Big South golfers (76.05) and was named league freshman of the week twice.  She finished fifth in her collegiate debut at the Golfweek Program Challenge (73-69-74—216), where she carded a season-low 18-hole total in the second round.

2017 Big South Conference Women's Golf Award Winners

All-Conference Team                                                   
Annelie Sjoholm, Jr., Campbell
Nadine White, Sr., Campbell
Shelby Thompson, Sr., Charleston Southern
Hayley McNeill, Jr., Charleston Southern
Taylor Dodson, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Ayelen Irizar, Jr., Campbell
Ashley Sloup, Jr., Winthrop
Celia Mansour, Jr., Presbyterian College
Desiree Andersson, Fr., Campbell
Danielle Fuss, Sr., High Point
Anna Svanka, Soph., Campbell

All-Freshman Team
Desiree Andersson, Campbell
Stacey White, Campbell
Tonrak Tasaso, High Point
Samantha Vodry, High Point
Rebecca Black, UNC Asheville

All-Academic Team
Annelie Sjoholm, Jr., Campbell
Hayley McNeill, Jr., Charleston Southern
Taylor Dodson, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Danielle Fuss, Sr., High Point
Kyra Horlock, Jr., Longwood
Abby Driscoll, Sr., Presbyterian College
Kasidy Beckel, Soph., Radford
Ashley Sloup, Jr., Winthrop 

All-Championship Team
Celia Mansour, Jr., Presbyterian (medalist)
Nadine White, Sr., Campbell
Desiree Andersson, Fr., Campbell
Samantha Vodry, Fr., High Point
Annelie Sjoholm, Jr., Campbell

Golfer of the Year
Annelie Sjoholm, Jr., Campbell

Freshman of the Year
Desiree Andersson, Fr., Campbell

Coach of the Year
John Crooks, Campbell

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Taylor Dodson, Sr., Gardner-Webb