GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman’s Natalie Srinivasan earned a Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-America honorable mention citation, as announced Wednesday by the WGCA.
Srinivasan, a sophomore from Spartanburg, South Carolina, who ranks 17th nationally, tied the Furman low-round record with a 65 in the opening round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, where she went on to finish third with scores of 65-71-68=204. The 2018 Southern Conference Player of the Year, she helped seventh-ranked Furman to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, which were completed Wednesday at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Srinivasan led Furman with a 72.36 stroke average over 36 rounds this season, the second-best single-season stroke average ever for a Paladin women’s golfer.
Srinivasan, who placed 69th at the 2017 U.S. Open, helped the Paladins to their fourth straight league championship in April. The 2017 SoCon Freshman of the Year, she earned her second straight all-conference award in 2018. Srinivasan finished among the top three at six tournaments this season, including a second-place finish at the SoCon Championship, and has seven top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes in 12 tournaments during her sophomore campaign.
“Being named an All-American honorable mention is such an honor,” said Srinivasan. “The players who are chosen as All-Americans are incredible, and I am so thankful to be a part of this elite group. Our coaches, Jeff Hull and Laura DeMarco, have done so much for me since I have been at Furman, and I can’t thank them enough for helping me grow and mature not only as a golfer, but also as a person. I am also grateful for the opportunities that Furman has presented me with this year, and I hope to be able to continue to work hard and represent Furman as best as I can.”
“I am so proud of Natalie and how she played all year,” said Furman head coach Jeff Hull. “She proved that she can play with anyone in the country. This is the third year in a row that we have had an All-American, and we are ready to have a couple more next year.”
Srinivasan’s honor is the 21st WGCA All-America citation awarded to members of the Furman women’s golf team since Greenville’s own Sherri Turner won the program’s first All-America award in 1979.
The criteria used to determine the WGCA All-American teams include head-to-head competition, comparison with common opponents, scoring average, place finishes in regular-season events and tournament wins, and strength of schedule.