DALLAS -- University of Texas senior Devan Andersen and sophomore Kelley Louth were among the 42 female golfers named to the 2006 Academic All-Big 12 Women's Golf Team, as released by the league office on Monday. Both Longhorn golfers were Second Team selections.
Andersen, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, is a health promotions and fitness major. This is her second Academic All-Big 12 honor, as she previously was named to the second team as a sophomore in 2004. Andersen is the lone senior on the 2006 women's team and is currently second among the Longhorns with a 76.93 per round average.
Louth, an education major, hails from Victoria, Texas. This is her first Academic All-Big 12 honor after being tabbed the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year last spring. Louth is third on the team with a 79.24 per round average to date this year.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league women's golf squad consisted of 35 first team members combined with six on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
Andersen and Louth currently are competing with their Longhorn teammates at the three-day Big 12 Women's Golf Championships (Monday-Wednesday, April 17-19) at the Country Club of Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. The championship format consists of a total of 54 holes. Oklahoma State has earned more championships (five) than any other Big 12 team, followed by Texas with two and Oklahoma and Texas A&M tied at one apiece.