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July 11, 2011

2011-12 Season - Trio wins All-American Scholar award from NGCA

Jessica Berens was one of three Vikings named to the All-American Scholar team by the National Golf Coaches Association for the 2010-11 school year. She was joined on the prestigious team by Megan Vandersee and Jamie Lawrence.

A trio from the Augustana women’s golf team was named to the 2010-11 All-American Scholar team by the National Golf Coaches Association, it was announced today. Recent graduate Jessica Berens (Schaumburg HS, Schaumburg, Ill.), junior-to-be Megan Vandersee (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) and sophomore-to-be Jamie Lawrence (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) were among 566 women’s collegiate golfers recognized for this prestigious honor across all three NCAA divisions.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team includes being a valuable member of the student-athletes’ respective team and carrying a minimum grade point average of 3.50.

Berens served as team captain for head coach Ron Standley’s 2010-11 team and she played in 17 rounds as a senior with a final average of 94.4. She had a low round of 87 during the year and one top five finish and two top 10 finishes. She was second at the Fighting Scots Invitational on April 9 with a 94. Berens graduated with a 3.776 grade point average and a major in art and education. She is the daughter of Dennis and Dee Berens of Schaumburg, Illinois.

Vandersee was named the Vikings’ Most Valuable Player in 2010-11. She played in 18 rounds and led the team with a low stroke average of 89.4. She had a low round of 79 and recorded four top five and five top 10 finishes in tournaments throughout the year. She was the co-champion at the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Classic on September 18 and placed second at the Augustana Quadrangular on August 28. She also tossed in a third place finish at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational on April 9. Vandersee is a chemistry and education major with a grade point average of 3.607. She is the daughter of Doug and Jo Ellen Vandersee of Sterling, Illinois.

Lawrence won both the Most Inspirational and Most Valuable Freshman (co-winner) Awards for the Vikings during her freshman season. She played in 18 rounds and finished the year with a 95.1 average. Her low round was an 85 and she had one top five and one top 10 finish in her freshman year. At the Fighting Scots Invitational on April 9 she shot a 95 and placed third. Lawrence is an English major with a 3.938 grade point average and is the daughter of Tom and Donna Lawrence of Moline.