LMU trio earns WGCA All-American Scholar honors

Published 5:01 pm Thursday, July 5, 2018

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Lincoln Memorial University golfers Lise Malherbe, Abigail Evans and Kaitlyn Sneed have been named as 2017-18 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars, it was announced on Tuesday. It marks the second consecutive year the trio has earned All-American Scholar accolades, which requires student-athletes to maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher.

Malherbe, Evans and Sneed were three of 1,011 total women’s collegiate golfers to be named to the All-American Scholar Team across all three levels of the NCAA and the NAIA. LMU’s three selections matched Lenoir-Rhyne and Newberry for the second-most in the South Atlantic Conference, while Tusculum led the league with four honorees.

Malherbe – a junior from Mount Juliet, Tennessee – was also named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team back in May. On the course, she put forth one of the most impressive single seasons in the history of the LMU women’s golf program with a 76.79 scoring average, garnering All-SAC first team honors with the second-lowest single-season average in school history.

In 11 events, Malherbe recorded five top-10 performances with a pair of victories and posted an .855 win-loss percentage to tie for third in program history. She finished in the top five in five events.

In her final season with the Lady Railsplitters, Evans produced an 81.89 scoring average with four top-15 performances. She saved her best for last by recording rounds of 78, 84 and 78 to tie for 10th at the SAC Championship to earn All-Tournament accolades. The Gillingham, England native ended her career with an 81.09 cumulative scoring average with eight total top 10s and a pair of top-five efforts.

A sophomore from Decatur, Tennessee, Sneed appeared in seven events during the 2017-18 campaign and accumulated an 83.2 scoring average. She had her best performance of the year at the season-opening Anderson Invitational, where she shot 82 and 80 to tie for fifth place. She also tied for 18th place at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate with back-to-back rounds of 78.

It was a solid season overall for the Lady Railsplitters, who produced the second-lowest four-player scoring average in program history with 316.5. LMU also had eight top-five finishes, including a lopsided victory at the Cumberland Trail Classic, a runner-up effort at the Anderson Invitational and a fourth-place run at the SAC Championship.