May 24, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University's Casey LaBarbera was named to the 2013 Women's Golf Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team the league announced Friday.
Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) and Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) received Honorable Mention accolades.
"It's good for all three of them to be recognized for academics," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "You're a student before you're an athlete. All three played in every single tournament this year and they got it done in the classroom. That's an homage to how hard the work."
LaBarbera, a native of Marinette, Wis., carries a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average while pursuing her degree in biology. She Averaged 82.8 in 21 rounds of golf competing in all 10 tournaments for NIU.
"She put a lot of dedication into her academics," Kester said of LaBarbera. "She bought into everything that was going on, she wanted to get better and she proved that she did. She stepped up at big times when we needed here. She played well this spring and pulled off a 4.0. That's somebody who's very driven athletically and academically and that's what you want all your student-athletes to be like."
LaBarbera turned in the best performance of her career at the IPFW Spring Classic where she finished 13th after shooting a career-low 157, including a final round 77, also a career low. She finished 18th at the Gary Freeman invitational, carding a 169 and was the top finisher for the Huskies at the MAC Championships taking 29th after shooting a 245 (79-83-83).
Ellett, maintains a 3.86 GPA in pre-elementary education, while Parthie carries a 3.84 GPA in biology. Parthie was the Huskies' top golfer in 2012-13, averaging 79.5 while finishing all 21 rounds in 10 events last season. Ellett averaged 82.6 in 21 rounds of golf, competing all 10 events for the Huskies in 2012-13.