Three NM State Women’s Golfers Named To NGCA All-American Scholar Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Three New Mexico State women's golfers were named to the All-American Scholar team selected by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), Monday, July 5.

It is the third consecutive All-American Scholar selection for Maggie Murphy, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in Community Health this past May. Murphy, who played 17 rounds for the Aggies in the 2009-10 season, carded an average score of 80.33. With a 3.71 grade point average, Murphy was able to find balance between academics and athletics.

"Maggie (Murphy) is the kind of student-athlete any coach would want on their team," head coach Paul Brilliant said. "She put forth every effort to do as well, if not better, in the classroom as on the course. Maggie is the type of student-athlete that went the extra mile."

While earning her degree, Murphy played 101 rounds of golf, with the best finish of her career a tie for seventh at the NAU/La Quinta Mountain Inn Shootout in Flagstaff, Ariz., Sept. 18, 2008.

Joining Murphy on the NGCA All-American Scholar Team are junior Mint Swaschuto and sophomore Gina Bortoletto, both whom have earned the honor for the second straight year. Swaschuto was not allowed to play for a year because the NCAA said she didn't meet the academic requirements to be eligible; however she is now an All-American Scholar as she also graduated this past May. She earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies with a 3.55 GPA and is now pursuing a master's degree.

"For her to come to the United States and accomplish what she has accomplished already is just amazing," Brilliant said. "She had some set backs trying to prove to the NCAA she was eligible, but all that has been taken care and now she is on her way to a master's degree."

Swaschuto played 15 rounds during the 2009-10 season and averaged 77.73 strokes per round, which was tops on the team. Her first round average of 76.80 was tops on the team as she carded 21 birdies on the year.

A native of the Woodlands, Texas, Bortoletto earns her second NGCA All-American Scholar honor. She is pursuing a degree in biochemistry and holds a 3.96 GPA. Bortoletto has played in 35 rounds during her career so far and is averaging 81.94 strokes per round.

"Gina (Bortoletto) is the kind of person everyone wants to be around," Brilliant said. "She is a hard-working student-athlete and enjoys the things she does."

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 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50% of the college's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.