Sjoholm, Svanka and White earn WGCA All-American Scholar honors

2017 WGCA All-American Scholars (from left): Annelie Sjoholm, Anna Svanka, Stacey White
2017 WGCA All-American Scholars (from left): Annelie Sjoholm, Anna Svanka, Stacey White

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. –Annelie Sjoholm, Anna Svanka and Stacey White of Campbell University are among the 952 student-athletes nationwide to be named Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars for the 2016-17 season.  A rising senior from Vasteras, Sweden, Sjoholm holds a 3.54 grade-point average in business administration, while Svanka, a rising junior from Riga, Lavia, owns a 3.81 GPA in kinesiology and White, a rising sophomore from Brisbane, Australia, has a 3.77 GPA as a sport management major.

To earn All-America Scholar honors, an individual must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and must participate in at least 50 percent of an institution's rounds for the academic year.

Sjoholm is the first player in Campbell women's golf history to earn WGCA All-American Scholar honors twice.  With the addition of Svanka and White, six Camels have claimed the award since 2011.

"These three young ladies define the term student-athlete," said Campbell head coach John Crooks.  "They take enormous pride in being successful in the classroom and on the golf course.  I am so proud the Women's Golf Coaches Association recognized their outstanding achievements."

The 2017 Big South Women's Golfer of the year, Sjoholm earned Big South all-Conference, all-championship and all-academic team status for the second-consecutive year as well as gaining a spot on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll for the third-straight season.  She won the Amelia Island Collegiate, one of five top-10 performances on the year, and finished fifth at the Big South Championship.  She ranked 44th in the nation with 100 birdies over 32 rounds and was No. 126 in the Golfstat Cup with a Big South-leading 73.53 stroke average, second lowest in a year in school history.

Svanka earned Big South all-conference honors for the first time after finishing 11th among league leaders with a 75.78 stroke average.  She tied for 14th in her first Big South Championship – where she played the final 36 holes at one-under-par – and appeared in her first NCAA Regional. A two-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member, Svanka played in eight events and produced a fifth-place tie at the Amelia Island Collegiate.

White saw action in seven events during the 2016-17 season, was named to the Big South all-freshman team and the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.  She opened the season with a fifth-place finish at the Golfweek Program Challenge and finished with a 76.05 stroke average, 12th-lowest among Big South golfers.

Coach Crooks' 26th Fighting Camel team concluded another historic season with its 14th conference title and 20th NCAA post-season appearance.  The NGCA Hall of Fame coach guided his team to a pair of tournament wins – the Palmetto Intercollegiate and Big South Championship – and a sixth-consecutive trip to regional competition.