FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU senior women’s golfer Amber Pedersen (St. Petersburg, Fla.) extended the list of Eagles receiving national recognition when she was named to the 2009-10 National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Scholar-Athlete Team, marking the first time an FGCU student-athlete was honored with the postseason award.
Following three appearances on Atlantic Sun All-Academic team and the Golfer of the Month award for February 2010, Pedersen adds the NGCA All-American Scholar-Athlete Team to her list of career honors. In her senior season with the Eagles, Pedersen closed her career with five consecutive top-20 finishes. With a scoring average of 77.5 on the year, Pedersen’s best finish came at the JMU-Eagle Landing Invitational (3/7/10) where she shot a season-low score of 71 in the second round and finished in a tie for 7th in the field of 95 with a 224 (77-71-76).
The selection criteria to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent (Division I) or 66 percent (Division II & III) of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.
A total of 494 women’s collegiate golfers were recognized with this prestigious honor. Five other Atlantic Sun women’s golfers were also named to the 2009-10 NGCA All-American Scholar-Athlete Team. Belmont’s Kelly Maguigan, Jennifer Newman, and Janet Steen, Kennesaw State's Ket Preamchuen and Mercer’s Alex Quagliata accompany Pedersen on the list of honorees.