(Montgomery, Ala.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s golf team garnered three awards at the 2014 Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship Banquet on Monday evening.
Freshman Sarah-Anne Smurlick was named to the 2014 SSAC All-Conference Team and earned Newcomer of the Year honors. The transfer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is averaging 83.1 per 18 holes. She placed fifth individually in the Emmanuel Spring Invitational, her career-best finish in a tournament with the Wolf Pack. Her score of 84 on the second day of the tournament was the individual-best low round score. She shot her lowest round of the season at the 2014 Claud Jacobs Invitational, recording a 76. Smurlick has earned a top 20 spot in three tournaments this season and was named to the All-Tournament Team following the Emmanuel Spring Invitational and the third annual “The BUC” Tournament hosted by Christian Brothers University.
Freshman Alexis Hazard was selected as Loyola’s Champions of Character recipient. Hazard, hailing from Pensacola, Fla., is scoring an average 83.8 per round. Hazard’s best outing resulted in a tie for second place at the Emmanuel Spring Invitational. She shot a career-best 80 at the Loyola University New Orleans Tournament. Hazard garnered two top 20 finishes across all tournaments played this season.
Smurlick and Hazard are currently participating in the SSAC Women’s Golf Championship. Smurlick sits in a three-way tie for ninth while Hazard shares 12th place with four other competitors including teammate Julchen Narwark. As a team, Loyola ranks second, just three strokes behind the first place No. 7-ranked College of Coastal Georgia.