FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Alumna Ellen Nighbor and rising seniors Abigail Hood and Alejandra Perez of the Sacred Heart women's golf team were named All-American Scholars for the second straight year by the Women's Golf Coaches Association late last week.
The Pioneers captured the program's first Northeast Conference Women's Golf Championship and made the first trip to the NCAA Women's Golf Regional in Lubbock, Texas in 2017. Nighbor served as the team's catalyst as she played her way to back-to-back NEC Golfer of the Year honors. She claimed the NEC Individual title at the NEC Championships and her third straight First Team All-NEC selection. Nighbor earned four individual wins and recorded seven top-three finishes on the year. Hood earned her second All-NEC second team honor this past season. She picked up four top-five finishes on the year and set a program record single round of 70 on the final day of the NEC Championship. Perez recorded five top-20 finishes in her junior season, she finished second at the Lonnie Barton Invitational in March.
A total of 952 women's collegiate golfers earned the prestigious honor. 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.