MSU WGolf: Four Spartans Garner WGCA All-American Scholar Accolades

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EAST LANSING -- Four Michigan State women’s golfers earned a spot on the 2018-19 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-America Scholar Team, the organization announced on Monday, July 8. Rising senior Paz Marfa Sans, rising junior Yurika Tanida and rising sophomores Valery Plata and Sydney Naro all earned the prestigious academic honor. The four honors ties for the most in Spartan history as the last time MSU had four players earn WGCA All-America Scholar accolades was 2010.

A total of 1,097 women’s collegiate golfers from all divisions earned the honor, with the minimum qualification being 3.5 cumulative GPA.

It’s the third consecutive year Marfa Sans has garnered the honor, while it’s the second straight for Tanida.

Marfa Sans finished second on the team with a 74.13 scoring average. She was a second team All-Big Ten selection and finished fourth at the conference championships. Marfa Sans started the year with a third-place finish at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 6-under-par 210. The native of Barcelona, Spain, carries a 3.58 GPA.

Tanida was also a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2018-19. She played in all 11 tournaments, recording a 74.3 scoring average. Tanida led the Spartans at the Mason Rudolph Championship in September by tying for ninth place, and later earned the first top-five finish of her career at the UCF Challenge in February as she was 7-under-par 209.

Tanida, who hails from Kanagawa, Japan, has a 3.59 cumulative GPA.

Plata appeared in all but one tournament as a true freshman. The Floridablanca, Colombia, native’s best finish of the season was 14th at the Tar Heel Invitational in the fall. She ended the year with a scoring average of 75.3 and a 3.86 GPA.

Naro joined the Spartans in January and made an immediate impact. She was in the lineup in each of the last four tournaments of the season and posted her best finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational, tying for fourth place.

This year’s four WGCA All-American Scholar selections brings the total number of Spartans to have garnered the honor under head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll to 45.