Three Tornado named WCGA All-Academic Scholars

WGCA All-American Scholars

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Earlier this month, the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WCGA) announced their All-American Scholars for the 2012-13 school year. Of the 644 student-athletes named to the list, which encompasses NCAA Divisions I-III and the NAIA, three King University women's golfers earned the distinction. Esther Gandarias, Elizabeth Swallow and Anna Walker all earned All-American Scholar status by the WCGA.

Gandarias, a Madrid, Spain native completed her senior season with the Tornado with a 3.52 grade point average (GPA) while majoring in management. On the course, she posted two top-10 finishes, including one top-5 finish while finishing third on the team with an 84.61 stroke average.

A Berkshire, England native, Swallow led the Tornado with a 77.78 scoring average during her freshman campaign. She also posted a GPA of 3.96 while majoring in mathematics. Swallow placed in the top-10 in all but two tournaments while finishing the top-5 five times and taking second twice.

Walker, a business major finished the 2012-13 season with a 3.60 GPA. The Marion, Va., native participated in all 18 tournaments for the Tornado and recorded two top-10 finishes, including one top-5 finish. Her 84.94 stroke average landed her just behind Gandarias among Tornado.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.