NIU Women's Golfers Acknowledged for Excellence in the Classroom
July 9, 2012
DEKALB, Ill. - Four Northern Illinois University women's golfers were named to the National Golf Coaches Association Division I All-American Scholar Team.
Senior Kelsie Passolt (Hayward, Wis./Hayward), junior Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) and freshmen Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) and Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) joined 581 other women's golfers on the team.
Parthie and Passolt, who were named to the 2012 Academic All-MAC Team, paced the Huskies in 2011-12. Parthie was the Huskies' No. 1 golfer all season long, competing in all 11 tournaments for NIU, posting a team-best 79.3 scoring average over 24 rounds. She scored a season-low 151 (79-72) at the Cardinal Classic to finish in fifth and had her best finish at the SIUE Intercollegiate where she finished third after shooting a 158 (82-76). Parthie, who finished in the top 10 in seven tournaments, carries a 3.8 cumulative grade point average in biology/pre-medicine.
Passolt, who graduated with her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism earlier this month, posted a 3.9 GPA. The Hayward, Wis. native ended her Huskie career on a high note, placing eighth, also a personal and season best, at the 2012 MAC Women's Golf Championships. She shot a season-low 75 in the final round of the MAC Championships, finishing with a score of 233 (78-80-75). Passolt competed in all 11 tournaments for the Huskies in 2011-12, averaging 83.9 over 24 rounds of golf.
Ellett, an elementary education major, maintained a 3.8 GPA and an 86.79 average in her first season of collegiate golf. She competed in all 11 tournaments for Northern Illinois, posting her best finish at the SIUE Intercollegiate where she finished tied for eighth. Ellett's lowest score of the year came at the Saluki Invitational where she scored a 161, including 79 in the first round, a season-low.
LaBarbera turned in the highest GPA on the team, earning a perfect 4.0 pursuing her degree in biology/pre-medicine. Her best score came at the Snowbird Intercollegiate where she fired a 161, including a season-low 81 in the second round of play. LaBarbera competed in eight events on the season, averaging 86.65 in 17 rounds of golf.
In order to be selected to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team student-athletes must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and compete in at least 50 percent of the school's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.
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