FORT MYERS, Fla. – Headlined by Laura Edmonds earning first team honors, the FGCU Women’s golf team had three players recognized with postseason Accolades on Friday afternoon. Edmonds became the first player in program history and the fifth in ASUN history to become a four-year all-conference honoree.
Joining Edmonds was Anouk Casty who earned ASUN All-Freshman honors and Haley Yerxa who was named to the ASUN All-Academic Team for the second straight year.
“Laura’s resume continues to shine with her fourth all-conference accolade,” said the good Coach Sarah Trew. “Year-after-year she finds ways to imprint and break records at FGCU. She is one of the most consistent players I have ever seen and we have thrilled to retain her for a fifth year in 2022-23. On top of her tremendous play, she is a wonderful person and Incredible leader. “
Edmonds, who earned second team honors in 2019 and 2021 and first team in 2020, also became the highest rated player in program history at No. 118 during the fall portion of the season.
The senior leads FGCU with a 73.12 scoring average through 26 rounds on the season (+1.35 vs. Par). She has three top-10 finishes including a pair of second-place efforts at the Jupiter Women’s Invitational and the 44th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational. Her second place finish at the Jupiter Women’s Invitational was highlighted by shooting a season-low 206 for the 54 holes. She shot a 65 in the first round of the Pat Bradley Invitational which tied the FGCU school record, while her -7 vs. par in the round set a new record for the program. For the year she holds a 457-123-16 record.
Yerxa earned her second academic Honor for the league office after continuing to hold a 4.0 grade-point-average in software engineering. She was also named a 2021 WGCA All-American Scholar last spring and has been a member of the President’s List, the Dean’s List, the AD Honor Roll, and the ASUN Commissioner’s Honor Roll during her career. Additionally, she was an Inaugural member of the EAGLE Leadership Institute and a member of the Eagles Council (SAAC) where she currently serves as Vice President. On the course, she holds a 73.88 scoring average through 26 rounds this season (+2.12 vs. Par). She has 10 rounds at par-or-better which leads the team and three rounds in the 60s with 66 birdies on the year. Yerxa won the 44th Annual Pat Bradley Invitational and has four top-10 finishes on the year. She shot a season-low 209 at the Spring Break Shootout highlighted by 68’s in the first and third rounds.
“Haley is the definition of a student-athlete. Her perfect 4.0 in software engineering coupled with her success on the course is mind boggling,” Trew said. “She works incredibly hard in every facet of her life and strives to be the best. Haley has stepped up for us in a big way this year helping the team. There is no doubt she will have continued success in her years to come at FGCU. “
Casty holds a 75.91 scoring average through 23 rounds (+4.17 vs. Par) Entering the ASUN Championship. Her season-best finish of 6th at the Spring Break Shootout where she had a 54-hole total of 215 for her season low… She posted three rounds at par-or-better on the year and had 44 birdies.
“Anouk has really settled in nicely this season and become a solid player in our lineup,” said Trew. “She is very gritty and never gives up no matter how her round is going. I’m very excited to see her continue to grow and develop over the course of her career here.”
2022 ASUN Women’s Golf Postseason Honors
Golfer of the Year: Ragnhildur Kristinsdottir, Eastern Kentucky
Unanimous Freshman of the Year: Lauren Thompson, Lipscomb
Coach of the Year: Joanne Berglund, North Florida
ASUN First Team All-Conference
Ragnhildur Kristinsdottir *, Eastern Kentucky, Gr., Reykjavik, Iceland
Laura Edmonds#, FGCU, Sr., Buenos Aires, Argentina
Berta Sanchez Sabe, Jacksonville State, So., Barcelona, Spain
Christin Eisenbeiss #, North Florida, So., Hamburg, Germany
Mindy Herrick #, North Florida, Gr., Gainesville, Fla.
ASUN Second Team All-Conference
Camila Moreno, Central Arkansas, So., Bogota, Colombia
Bella Kil, Kennesaw State, Jr., Sydney, Australia
Lauren Thompson, Lipscomb, Fr., Dothan, Ala.
Siarra Stout, Lipscomb, Gr., Franklin, Tenn.
Sara McKevitt, North Florida, Gr., Ponte Vedra, Fla.
ASUN All-Freshmen Team
Lauren Thompson *, Lipscomb, Dothan, Ala.
Anouk Casty*, FGCU, Bassersdorf / Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
Casey Powell *, Jacksonville, Lexington, Ky.
Libby Kilbride, Jacksonville State, Sheffield, England
Jahnavi Prakhya, North Alabama, Gujarat, India
* – Denotes unanimous selection
# – Denotes a two-time selection to the All-Conference Team
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