Senior Sloane Skinner was named to the second team and sophomore Madison Alexander received honorable mention. The list of honorees includes 15 first and second team student-athletes and 15 honorable mention selections.
“What a great way to end this season, having three very deserving players named as All-Americans,” said a proud Lee golf coach John Maupin. “This is the first time we have had three players honored in one season, and I think it says a lot about how far we have come. Courtney, Sloane, and Madison have all worked extremely hard this season, and I’m happy that they are receiving this honor.”
Maupin added, “Courtney has had another fantastic season, which is not easy to do after the first two years of success she has had. It starts to get more difficult when people expect these kinds of results, but that hasn’t slowed Courtney down. She won multiple tournaments, and repeated as SSAC champion. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that she is one of the best players in the country. Most of all I am glad that we still have her for another year.”
Said Shelton, “It’s an honor to be chosen as a first team All-American because there are so many talented golfers in the NAIA. It is especially meaningful since it will be our last year to compete in the NAIA. I would like to thank my coaches and teammates for their support because it wouldn’t be possible without them.”
Maupin had nothing but praise for Skinner.
“It makes me very proud to see Sloane’s name on that All-American list. She has been a main building block for our program since its beginning. She bought into our plan from day one, and has been so dedicated to improving herself as a player and making her teammates better. This honor is a great way to cap her outstanding career here.”
The Lee coach is pleased to have Alexander returning for two more years of golf. “Madison had such a strong year for us, and her arrival here really helped us turn the corner as a team. This season she was able to win her first college tournament, and additionally, she finished in the top three at the conference tournament for the second straight year. These kinds of results show the ability that Madison has.”
Oklahoma City, which claimed its NAIA best sixth national crown this year, landed two individuals, Elia Folch and Jessica Schiele, on the first team. Schiele and Folch finished first and second at the championships this year to lead the Stars to the victory.
Repeat All-Americans include: Kylie Barros and Stephanie Wong of British Columbia, Sunny Powers of Concordia (Ore.), Courtney Shelton of Lee, Anna Schopp of Lubbock Christian (Texas), Schiele of Oklahoma City and Jamie Palermo of William Woods (Mo.).
The 2013 All-America list is composed of 11 seniors, eight freshman, seven juniors and two sophomores.
2013 NAIA Women’s Golf All-Americans
Name School Class
Maria Saavedra Bellevue (Neb.) Fr.
Kylie Barros* British Columbia Sr.
Sunny Powers* Concordia (Ore.) Jr.
Liz Stephens Cumberlands (Ky.) Jr.
Connie Pitenis Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Sr.
Courtney Shelton* Lee (Tenn.) Jr.
Mariah Montoya Lubbock Christian (Texas) So.
Anna Schopp* Lubbock Christian (Texas) Sr.
Tarah Winfield Northwood (Fla.) Sr.
Fariza Zain Northwood (Texas) Fr.
Elia Folch Oklahoma City Jr.
Jessica Schiele* Oklahoma City Sr.
Alazne Urizar SCAD Savannah (Ga.) So.
Sofia Molinaro SCAD Savannah (Ga.) Fr.
Myriam Hassan William Woods (Mo.) Fr.
Name School Class
Renee Santoyo Bellevue (Neb.) Fr.
Haley Cameron British Columbia Sr.
Casara Hong British Columbia Jr.
Regan Willson British Columbia Jr.
Stephanie Wong* British Columbia So.
Sophie Olley Embry-Riddle (Fla.) So.
Sloane Skinner Lee Sr.
Laura Deleonardis Northwood (Texas) Fr.
Kelli Nakano USC Beaufort Sr.
Jessica Macphee Thomas (Ga.) Sr.
Nathalia Valencia Wayland Baptist (Texas) Sr.
Alejandra Ferrer William Woods (Mo.) Fr.
Lindsey Johnson William Woods (Mo.) Sr.
Jamie Palermo* William Woods (Mo.) Jr.
Jodie Peacock William Woods (Mo.) Fr.
Geandra Almeida Bethel (Ind.)
Laura Beth Harris Cumberlands (Ky.)
Pia Jenko Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Bea Serra Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Kenzie Rottinghaus Grand View (Iowa)
Madison Alexander Lee
Esther Kang Northwood (Texas)
Taylor Howard Oklahoma City
Mary Larsh Oklahoma City
Tanya Tibshraeny Oklahoma City
Alexa Osbourn SCAD Savannah (Ga.)
Victoria DeGroodt USC Beaufort
Hannah Mason Southwestern (Kan.)
Alainey Muro Texas at Brownsville
Morgan Matchett Wayland Baptist (Texas)