CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – A mere 24 hours after earning All-South Region honors, the Nova Southeastern trio of Valentina Albertazzi, Sofia Garcia Austt and Hanna Ahlander has now been recognized as All-Americans by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), marking the third consecutive year the Sharks have had at least three players represented across each of the All-America teams. Just a freshman, Albertazzi has been named a member of the First Team, while Garcia Austt and Ahlander were tabbed as Second Team and Honorable Mention selections, respectively. The three combined accolades are tied for second-most of any program, trailing only Dallas Baptist.
Albertazzi burst onto the scene in a big way in her first collegiate season, climbing as high as No. 1 in the Golfstat player rankings before eventually wrapping up the year at No. 3. The Spaniard collected seven Top-10 finishes in as many tournament appearances, registering a team-best scoring average of 72.15. Albertazzi set two single-season program marks along the way, taking over the top spots in the record books for versus par scoring average (+0.30) and Par-4 scoring average (4.0558). Additionally, she tallied 10 rounds of par or better, including six in her final seven rounds of the season. Following a season-best effort of (-5) 67 in the opening round, Albertazzi went on to capture her first career victory at the Lady Moc Golf Classic. Her 54-hole score of (-11) 205 at the event marked the second lowest in program history, trailing only NSU Hall of Famer Taylor Collins, who carded a (-13) 203 through the first three rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division II Championship. Albertazzi ended the season as the highest ranked freshman in the country.
Garcia Austt collects her second career All-America nod thanks to a notable junior season in which she rattled off five Top-10 finishes in seven tournaments before concluding 2019-20 ranked as Division II’s No. 11 player. Over the course of 20 rounds, she recorded a scoring average of 73.80, including four rounds of par or better. Garcia Austt opened the year by tying for fourth at the Division I-heavy BUBBA Burger Jacksonville Classic, and later tied for second at the NSU Shark Invitational following an opening round of (-4) 68.
Following an impressive 2018-19 season in which she was lauded Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year, Ahlander continued to shine as one of the nation’s very best during her sophomore campaign, ultimately closing the year as the No. 17 player in NCAA Division II. In seven starts in 2019-20, the Vasteras, Sweden native posted a scoring average of 74.60, tallying seven rounds of par or better in the process. A season-low round of (-5) 67 on the final day of the BUBBA Burger Jacksonville Classic propelled Ahlander to her first career win, and as a result, also landed her the first SSC Player of the Week award of her career.
The complete 2019-20 WGCA All-America Teams are listed below.
WGCA Division II All-America Teams
Valentina Albertazzi, Nova Southeastern University
Pilar Echeverria, University of Indianapolis
Amanda Gartrell, Florida Southern College
Hanna Harrison, Dallas Baptist University
Jaime Jacob, California State University San Marcos
Helen Kreuzer, Lynn University
Emily Leung, Simon Fraser University
Susana Olivares, University of Central Oklahoma
Kiira Riihijarvi, University of Tampa
Francesca Santoni, Saint Leo University
Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M University
Emma Thorngren, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Matilda Wahren, Lynn University
Sofia Garcia Austt, Nova Southeastern University
Katie Chipman, Grand Valley State University
Cammie Decker, Concordia University-Portland
Faith DeLaGarza, Dallas Baptist University
Julia Garcia, Dallas Baptist University
Alice Gotbring, Barry University
Cailyn Henderson, University of Indianapolis
Jacqueline Klemm, Arkansas Tech University
Synne Lauritzen, Saint Leo University
Hailey McLaughlin, Wingate University
Noemie Pare, Barry University
Loren Perez, Florida Southern College
Megan Sabol, University of North Georgia
Meredith Wipper, University of Findlay
Honorable Mention Team
Hanna Ahlander, Nova Southeastern University
Evelyn Arguelles, Dallas Baptist University
Seher Atwal, Rollins College
Emily Felix, Lee University
Haverly Harrold, Lee University
Kristina Kniesly, University of Findlay
Anna Kramer, University of Indianapolis
Izzy Lawrence, Saint Leo University
Savannah Magallon, California State University San Marcos
Ainee O’Connor, Lenoir Rhyne University
Warissara Puangcharoen, Wingate University
Hallie Riley, University of Tampa
Anahi Servin, Academy of Art University
About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
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 over 650 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
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