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July 9, 2012

Three Vikings pull in NGCA recognition

Dena Capitani was one of three Augustana women's golfers to be named to the All-American Scholar team by the National Golf Coaches Association. She was joined by teammates Megan Vandersee and Jamie Lawrence.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Three Augustana women's golfers were named to the 2011-12 All-American Scholar team by the National Golf Coaches Association, it was announced today. Senior-to-be Megan Vandersee (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) and juniors-to-be Jamie Lawrence (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.), and Dena Capitani (Hinsdale Township HS, Hinsdale, Ill.) were among 585 women's collegiate golfers recognized for this prestigious honor across all three NCAA divisions.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team includes being a valuable member of the student-athletes' respective team and carrying a minimum grade point average of 3.50.

Vandersee has been one of the most consistent fixtures in the Vikings' top six throughout her career. In 2011-12, she played in 16 rounds and recorded stroke average of 91.1, good for fourth best on the team. She had a low round of 83 and recorded two top five and six top 10 finishes in tournaments throughout the year. She was the co-champion at the Loras Spring Invite on April 1 and placed second at the Fighting Scots Invitational on April 27. Vandersee is a chemistry and education major with a grade point average of 3.59. She is the daughter of Doug and Jo Ellen Vandersee of Sterling, Illinois.

Lawrence won the Most Inspirational Award for the Vikings during her sophomore season. She played in 12 rounds and finished the year with a 92.4 average. Her low round was an 83 and she had one top five and four top 10 finish in her sophomore campaign. She placed third at the Benedictine Invitational on September 17 when she shot a two-round score of 166. For her efforts, she was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin's "Golfer of the Week". Lawrence is an English and education major with a 3.79 grade point average and is the daughter of Tom and Donna Lawrence of Moline.

Capitani recorded the Vikings lowest single round score of the year when she shot a first round 82 at the Benedictine Invitational on September 17. She went on to place fifth at the meet. For the season, she played 14 rounds with a 91.1 strokes per round average. She finished in the top five once and was in the top 10 four times. Capitani is a pre-medicine and biochemistry major with a 3.50 grade point average and is the daughter of Dino Capitani of Hinsdale and Jo Capitani of Elgin.

-Story written by student assistant Paul Hurd