Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina women's golfers Bethany Galloway and Amanda Floberg were both selected to the 2016-17 Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar team as the association released its annual honors.
It is the 17th-straight year that Western Carolina has put golfers among the annual honorees -- and the 15th consecutive year that WCU has had multiple selections. The criteria for selection to the WGCA All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics with a minimum cumulative GPA requirement of a 3.50.
Galloway joins select company among WCU women's golfers becoming the fourth Catamount all-time to earn WGCA All-American Scholar honors for all four years. She joined former Catamounts Brandy Andersen (2002-06), Bianca Melone (2003-07), and Rachel Nelson (2008-12).
Galloway competed in seven of the team's 10 seasonal tournaments a year ago, concluding her four-year career ranked 26th overall on WCU's scoring charts with an average of 79.84 strokes per round. The Charlotte, N.C., product closed her collegiate career with six, top 25 finishes including a career-best eighth-place showing in a three-team match held at The Cliffs during her junior campaign. She was involved with WCU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), serving as the organizations external affairs chair as a senior.
Boasting a cumulative GPA of 3.78 while majoring in communication, Galloway was additionally selected to the 2017 Spring Academic All-Southern Conference team and the 2016-17 SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
Floberg, who transferred to WCU from Pfeiffer University prior to the 2016-17 season, played in all 10 of the team's tournaments a year ago, finishing with a seasonal stroke average of 80.04 including nine rounds in the 70s on the year. The Stockholm, Sweden, native led the Catamounts in scoring twice on the year including a WCU-best, runner-up finish at the home tournament, the Bill Berg Invitational held at The Ridges in Hayesville.
With a cumulative GPA of 3.97 while majoring in finance, Floberg was also selected to the 2017 Spring Academic All-Southern Conference team as well as named to the SoCon's 2016-17 Academic Honor Roll.
Overall, 970 women's collegiate golfers were recognized with the prestigious All-American Scholar honor including a combined 20 from the Southern Conference. UNCG led the way with five while both Furman and Mercer had four honorees, with Chattanooga and Wofford also garnering three apiece.
The Women's Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
Western Carolina's All-Time WCGA All-American Scholars:
2000-01: Shelley Glenister
2001-02: Brooke Stillman
2002-03: Line Cordes, Ashley Hovda, Johanna Lundberg, Brandy Andersen
2003-04: Brandy Andersen, Erika Danford, Ashley Hovda, Bianca Melone
2004-05: Brandy Andersen, Bianca Melone
2005-06: Brandy Andersen, Erika Danford, Malin Fryk, Bianca Melone
2006-07: Bianca Melone, Malin Fryk, Elin Mickelsson
2007-08: Katja Dammann, Elin Mickelsson
2008-09: Elin Mickelsson, Rachel Nelson
2009-10: Malin Jansson, Blaire Minter, Rachel Nelson
2010-11: Malin Jansson, Blaire Minter, Rachel Nelson
2011-12: Christina Amoriello, Katie Kile, Maria Kjelldorff, Blaire Minter, Rachel Nelson
2012-13: Taylor Allison, Maria Kjelldorff
2013-14: Taylor Allison, Bethany Galloway, Mariah Hopkins, Olivia Landino, Ashley Thompson
2014-15: Bethany Galloway, Mariah Hopkins, Olivia Landino
2015-16: Maddi Caldwell, Bethany Galloway, Mariah Hopkins
2016-17: Amanda Floberg, Bethany Galloway