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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (GAC) - The Great American Conference has revealed its 2013 Women's Golf All-Conference honors and yearly awards and Arkansas Tech sophomore Rebecka Surtevall repeated as the GAC Player of the Year. Southern Nazarene's Marion Broedys earned Freshman of the Year and Harding's Christy Morgan received the Coach of the Year.
Surtevall posted the lowest stroke average in the conference. Her 76.32 average ranks 25th in the country. During the season, she recorded a pair of wins, five top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes in nine events. She won consecutive tournaments in the spring - the Missouri Western Candlewood Suites Classic and the First Federal Invitational. At the GAC Championship, she finished in fourth place to earn All-Tournament honors.
Broedys started the year with a win at the Southwestern Christian Invitational. She recorded rounds of 70 and 69 for a total of 139. Her fall included a tie for 22nd, out of 92 players, in the UCO Classic and a tie for 16th, out of 73 players, in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate at Cameron. She capped her freshman campaign by tying for 25th at the GAC Championship. She finished with a stroke average of 82.23. She also earned All-GAC Honorable Mention status. Her teammate, Jordan Leibold, made the All-GAC Second Team.
Morgan guided the Lady Bisons to their second consecutive GAC Women's Golf Championship. They won the event by 23 strokes. During the season, they won two additional tournaments, the Bison Fall Golf Classic in October and the Natural State Golf Classic in April.
Three Lady Bisons earned All-GAC honors. Brittany Marquez made the First team while So-Yun Kim and Emily Plyler made the Second Team. Marquez set the Harding single-season mark for the lowest stroke average, 78.7. She notched wins at the Northeastern State Classic and the Ann Rhoads Invitational hosted by Birmingham Southern. Plyler finished second at the GAC Championship and Kim recorded five top-10 finishes.
Southwestern Oklahoma State placed a pair - Ana Laura Gomez and Margaret Musser - on the All-GAC First Team. Gomez posted a 78.7 stroke average. She won the Drury Fall Shootout and added two more top-10 finishes. She placed ninth at the GAC Championship. Margaret registered a 78.9 stroke average. Her best finish also came at the Drury Fall Shootout, where she tied for second. She has four top-10 finishes. Ashlynn Hall, off of a sixth-place finish at the GAC Championships, earned All-GAC Second Team honors.
Henderson State's Kendall Earp, the GAC's individual medalist, rounded out the All-GAC First Team. In addition to her win in Hot Springs, she finished in top five in each of the Lady Reddies' final five tournaments. She also won the individual title at the Texoma Chevy Dealers Lion Invitational. Her teammate, Katie Flinn, made the Second Team. She took third at the GAC Championships.
In addition to Surtevall, three Golden Suns, received All-GAC recognition. Megan Jeffery, Taylor Kline and Niki Possage all made the Honorable Mention squad. East Central's Ashley Cardwell and Arkansas-Monticello's Pamela Quiatchon rounded out the Honorable Mention team.