(New Orleans, La.) The Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) tabbed Loyola golfer Sarah-Anne Smurlick as a member of the All-Louisiana team as well as the state’s Newcomer of the Year.
Smurlick was named the top newcomer to any team in the state of Louisiana after earning SSAC all-Conference honors in her first season with the Wolf Pack. She averaged a score of 83.1 and was named the SSAC Newcomer of the year. The junior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada is studying journalism in her first year at Loyola. She studied at Mohawk College and Ryerson University before coming to Loyola.
Smurlick tied for 66th place at the NAIA National Tournament with a score of 247 for the three day tournament as she helped Loyola to a 20th place finish in only the program’s second season. Loyola earned a place in the national tournament by finishing second as a team, while Smurlick took 14th place individually.
Loyola captured first place at the Emmanuel Springs Invitational as Smurlick finished in fifth with a score of 173. She topped all participants with a second round score of 84. All five Loyola golfers finished in the top 10. Smurlick’s best tournament of the season came at the Houston-Victoria Invitational to open the season as she posted a career best 76 in both rounds.
Student-athletes were nominated by school sports information directors and voted on by a panel of LSWA members, including SIDs which could not vote for their own players