July 6, 2012
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Baylor women’s golf senior Valerie Sternebeck and freshman Stani Schiavone were named to the 2011-12 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team, the organization announced Friday.
Baylor has had at least one NGCA All-American Scholar in each of the last 12 seasons, including multiple selections 10 times. Sternebeck and Schiavone helped guide the Lady Bears to the program’s second NCAA Championship appearance in program history.
In her only season of eligibility, Sternebeck, a native of Pulheim, Germany, was one of three Baylor golfers to start all 12 tournaments. She ranked fourth on the team with a 75.89 scoring average in 37 rounds, while tallying eight rounds of par or better. Her four top-25 finishes were fourth-most on the team. A graduate student majoring in sports management, Sternebeck was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters.
Schiavone, a Bangor, Pa., product, was a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection in her first and only season at Baylor. She carded a 76.10 scoring average in 10 tournaments (31 rounds), posting a top-5 finish at the BancorpSouth Rebel Intercollegiate in April. Schiavone, who transferred to Ole Miss in June, was one of 64 Baylor student-athletes to earn a 4.0 GPA during the spring 2012 semester.
A total of 585 women’s college golfers across Divisions I, II and III were recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GAP is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50% (Division I) or 66% (Division II and III) of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.