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Busker earns third All-America scholar honor

Sydney Busker was recently honored with an All-America Scholar recognition for the third time by the Women's Golf Coaches' Association. St. Kates Athletics

Twelve Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) golfers, including Sydney Busker of Detroit Lakes, were honored with All-America Scholar recognition by the Women's Golf Coaches' Association (WGCA) earlier this week.

Among those honored were Bethel senior Christine Piwnica and St. Catherine senior Kaitlyn Alvarez, who each earned WGCA All-America Scholar Team recognition for the fourth time. Other repeat honorees included Gustavus senior Jessica Nelson and St. Catherine junior Sydney Busker, both of whom collected their third straight All-America Scholar accolade, while Gustavus sophomore Kristin Cash and Macalester junior Ji Sue Song joined St. Thomas senior Emily Thul and junior Kate Drimel as back-to-back honorees.

A total of 1,011 women's collegiate golfers were recognized with this prestigious honor for the 2017-18 season. In order to be selected to the WGCA All-America Scholar Team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average.

Busker’s nomination capped a year full of awards.

She earned her third-consecutive All-MIAC honor back in October with her seventh place finish at the MIAC Championship. The junior shot 234 over the course of the three-day tournament to be the lone Wildcat finisher in the top-10. Like Alvarez, Busker's performance at the MIAC Championship wasn't just a one-hit wonder. The junior served as St. Kate's No. 2 golfer through most of the 2017-18 season and broke several school records along the way.

Busker shot the lowest single-round score in program history twice during the season, first, at the Wartburg Fall Invite, then again at the MIAC Championship in October. In both tournaments, Busker shot 71 over the course of 18-holes, breaking the school record for lowest single-round score, not only in program history, but in MIAC Championship history as well.

Busker was also St. Kate's representative on the MIAC All-Sportsmanship Team for the second consecutive season. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.