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Brandl, Daneshfar and Perez named WGCA All-American Scholars

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Newberry College's Lisa Brandl, Julia Daneshfar and Natalia Perez have been named All-American Scholars, as announced by the Women's Golf Coaches Association on Monday.

This is Brandl's third such honor, the second for Daneshfar and the first for Perez. The trio graduated from Newberry in May as some of the most successful student-athletes in the history of the College.

Brandl (Nuremberg, Germany) was named a third team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America in June. She finished her career with the fifth-best scoring average in school history at 79.69 and is also one of the only seven players in South Atlantic Conference history to finish their careers with a sub-80 scoring average. The magna cum laude graduate with a degree in sport management and minors in business administration and coaching is a three-time all-SAC honoree and had two top three finishes this season. She was a member of three SAC Championship teams. A team captain, Brandl graduated as a member of the Bachman Honor Society, which honors the top 10 percent of the graduating class.

Daneshfar (Trophy Club, Texas) was named a first team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America in June, only the sixth person in Newberry history to earn first team honors. She has the third-best career scoring average in Newberry history at 79.29 and is one of only seven players in SAC history to finish with a sub-80 scoring average. The summa cum laude graduate with a degree in political science and a minor in Spanish was a second team all-SAC Tournament honoree this season with a ninth place finish and also finished third in the Patsy Rendleman Invitational. She was a member of two SAC Championship teams and has been named to the SAC Commisioner's Honor Roll twice as well as earning a Division II Athletic Directors' Association Academic Achievement Award. She has been named to Newberry's Dean's List six times and was a first team all-SAC player in 2012. She was a member of the Political Science Club and the Pre-Law Club and was a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member. Daneshfar was also a resident advisor and the new member orientation chair for Alpha Xi Delta.

Perez (Bogota, Colombia) was a four-year starter for the scarlet and gray, wrapping up her career with an 82.6 scoring average. The cum laude graduate with a degree in business administration was a member of three SAC Championship teams and played in the NCAA Regionals four times. She was a second team all-SAC honoree in 2011 and had three top 10 finishes in her career. She finished her career in the top 10 in scoring average in school history.

The Newberry trio are three of nine SAC student-athletes represented from 2012-13, as Tusculum had five and Carson-Newman had one. New SAC member Coker also had three.

A total of 27 student-athletes from institutions in South Carolina were honored, with Coastal Carolina having five, Winthrop having four, Coker, Furman, Newberry, South Carolina and Wofford having three apiece, USC Upstate having two and Converse having one.

[Complete 2012-13 WGCA All-American Scholar Listing]

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