July 6, 2012
Charlottesville, Va. -
Virginia women's golfers Nicole Agnello (Longwood, Fla.), Elizabeth Brightwell (Nellysford, Va.) and Lauren Greenlief (Oakton, Va.) have been named to the 2012 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team. It marks the ninth consecutive year at least one Cavalier golfer has been honored by the organization. That trio is among the 585 golfers from the Division I, II and III ranks to earn the distinction.
It marks the third consecutive year Agnello has been honored. It is the second time Greenlief has received the award. She was also selected following the 2010 season.
Both Greenlief and Brightwell were previously named to the 2012 ACC All-Academic team for women's golf.
The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative 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.
Agnello appeared in six tournaments during the season before being sidelined by a wrist injury. She shared the team lead at the Tar Heel Invitational in October and posted the third best single-round score of the year, a 4-under 68, at the Fall Preview.
Greenlief earned her undergraduate degree in economics in three years and competed as a graduate student in 2012. This season she played in nine tournaments and helped the Cavaliers to a fourth-place finish at the NCAAs. She was the female student-athlete recipient of UVa's ACC Scholar-Athlete Award at UVa's All-Sports Banquet.
Brightwell played in all 11 events for the Cavaliers and helped Virginia post a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. She was third on the team with a 75.75 stroke average. She was 12th at the ACC Championships and finished 26th at the NCAA Central Regional.
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA 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 NGCA represents over 400 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.