Laura Lonardi earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in her first season of eligibility.
April 16, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Baylor's Laura Lonardi, Hayley Davis and Natalia Perez were named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Golf Team, as announced by the Big 12 Conference on Wednesday. Lonardi earned first-team honors, while Davis and Perez were named to the second team.
Baylor has now had a total of 43 Academic All-Big 12 selections, including multiple selections in nine of the last 10 seasons.
Lonardi, a sophomore from Verona, Italy, is tied with Davis for the team lead with a 74.78 stroke average. She is second on the team with five rounds of par or better, including a 67 at the Alamo Invitational that was the lowest round by a Baylor player this season. Lonardi best finishes of the season came when she tied for seventh place at both the Alamo Invitational and the Dallas Athletic Club Invitational.
Davis, a junior outdoor recreation major from Wimborne, England, earned recognition for the second straight season after being named to the first team as a sophomore in 2012-13. She leads the team with seven rounds of par or better in 2013-14, including five of 11 rounds played during the spring season. Davis placed second in the Northrup Grumman Invitational, tied for second in the Dallas Athletic Club Invitational and tied for ninth place in the Mason Rudolph Championship.
Perez, a sophomore business major from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, follows closely behind Lonardi and Davis with a 75.95 stroke average. She has played four rounds of par or better this season, including two of three rounds at the Alamo Invitational.
Lonardi was one of 21 student-athletes selected to the first team, and Davis and Perez were among eight student-athletes honored on the second team. First-team members are those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while the second-team selections hold GPAs between 3.00 and 3.19.
To qualify for either Academic All-Big 12 team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence, and seniors who have participated for at least two years are exempt from the participation requirement.
Baylor, which is ranked No. 20 nationally by GolfStat, has completed its regular season and returns to action in the Big 12 Conference Championship, which runs April 25-27 in Austin, Texas. Follow @BaylorWGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.