Twelve from MIAC honored as WGCA All-America Scholars

St. Catherine senior Kaitlyn Alvarez joined Bethel's Christine Piwnica as four-time WGCA All-America Scholars. (Photo: Kylie Macziewski)
St. Catherine senior Kaitlyn Alvarez joined Bethel's Christine Piwnica as four-time WGCA All-America Scholars. (Photo: Kylie Macziewski)

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Twelve Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) golfers were honored with All-America Scholar recognition by the Women's Golf Coaches' Association (WGCA) earlier this week.

Among those honored were Bethel senior Christine Piwnica and St. Catherine senior Kaitlyn Alvarez, who each earned WGCA All-America Scholar Team recognition for the fourth time. Other repeat honorees included Gustavus senior Jessica Nelson and St. Catherine junior Sydney Busker, both of whom collected their third straight All-America Scholar accolade, while Gustavus sophomore Kristin Cash and Macalester junior Ji Sue Song joined St. Thomas senior Emily Thul and junior Kate Drimel as back-to-back honorees.

A total of 1,011 women's collegiate golfers were recognized with this prestigious honor for the 2017-18 season. In order to be selected to the WGCA All-America Scholar Team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average.

2017-18 MIAC WGCA ALL-AMERICA SCHOLAR TEAM HONOREES
Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
Christine Piwnica Bethel Sr. Victoria, Minn. | Southwest Christian 2017, 2016, 2015
Kristen Cash Gustavus So. Roseville, Minn. | Mounds View 2017
Jessica Nelson Gustavus Sr. Plymouth, Minn. | Wayzata 2017, 2016
McKenzie Swenson Gustavus Sr. Buffalo, Minn. | Benilde-St. Margaret's --
Ji Sue Song Macalester Jr. Surrey, B.C. | Southridge School 2017
Kaitlyn Alvarez St. Catherine Sr. Eau Claire, Wis. | North 2017, 2016, 2015
Jordan Amelon St. Catherine Fy. Iowa City, Iowa | West --
Sydney Busker St. Catherine Jr. Detroit Lakes, Minn. 2017, 2016
Olivia Matzke St. Catherine So. Lake City, Minn. | Lincoln --
Madeline Weinman St. Catherine So. East Bethel, Minn. | St. Francis --
Kate Drimel St. Thomas Jr. Alexandria, Minn. | Jefferson 2017
Emily Thul St. Thomas Sr. St. Michael, Minn. | St. Michael-Albertville 2017

| 2017-18 WGCA All-America Scholar Team |