June 15, 2007
FRISCO - Lamar University's Oliver Bekker was named 2007 Capital One Southland Conference Men's Golf Student-Athlete of the Year and Therese Nilsson and Hillary Zeigler were named women's golf Academic All-SLC, announced the league office Friday.
Bekker, who was a first-team All-SLC selection, helped Lamar tie for third place at the NCAA Championship, which was the best finish in school history. He also helped the Cardinals place fourth at the NCAA Central Regional and win their second straight and all-time best 21st SLC Championship, where he placed second at 10-under par 206.
A native of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Bekker was named honorable mention PING All-America. He posted a 71.55 spring scoring average and a 72.25 season scoring average over 44 rounds this season. He finished the season ranked 27th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and 42nd in the Golfstat collegiate rankings. Bekker, who was named 2006 SLC freshman of the year and first-team All-SLC, has a 3.75 grade point average in marketing.
Also earning Academic All-SLC honors were Matthew Carvell, Hugo Leon and James Taverner of Southeastern Louisiana, Thomas Kearney of Texas-San Antonio and Zack Reeves of Texas-Arlington. Nilsson, who was the SLC player of the year and first-team All-SLC, has a 3.16 GPA in exercise science. She was named 2006 SLC freshman of the year and first-team All-SLC.
A native of Vellinge, Sweden, Nilsson led the team with a 74.75 season scoring average over 30 rounds. She tied for first at the SLC Championship and lost to Stephanie Page of Sam Houston State in a playoff. She won medalist honors at the McNeese State Invitational. She posted top 10 finishes in eight of 11 events this season.
Zeigler, who has a 3.28 GPA in communication, was a second-team All-SLC selection and has been named All-SLC three straight years. She was a second-team selection in 2006 and was named SLC freshman of the year and first-team All-SLC in 2005.
A native of Livingston, Zeigler was second on the team with a 76.23 scoring average over 30 rounds. She won medalist honors three times this season - Chris Banister Classic, Sam Houston Ellingson Invitational and the Lady Cardinal Invitational. She posted six top 10 finishes this season.
Also named women's golf Academic All-SLC were Christina Lecuyer, who was the SLC Women's Golf Student-Athlete of the Year, and Jennifer Heinz and Wendy Joyner of Sam Houston State.