Tech Sweeps GAC Golf Player of Year Awards

Arkansas Tech University is home to the 2015-16 Great American Conference players of the year in men’s and women’s golf, and both of the honorees are freshmen.

Bryce Burke of Johannesburg, South Africa, was named GAC men’s golf player of the year and freshman of the year and Anna Frandsen of Oure, Denmark, received the GAC women’s golf player of the year and freshman of the year awards during a ceremony at Hot Springs Country Club on Saturday, April 23.

Frandsen’s award marked the fifth consecutive year that a Golden Sun earned GAC women’s golf player of the year. Rebecka Surtevall, who graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2015, captured that prize in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.

In addition to the player and freshman of the year awards, Arkansas Tech’s Amy Anderson was selected 2015-16 GAC women’s golf coach of the year and a total of six Arkansas Tech student-athletes were announced as 2015-16 All-GAC golf honorees.

Frandsen (photographed, right) was joined on the women’s All-GAC first team by fellow Golden Sun Caroline Fredensborg, a junior from Roskilde, Denmark. Freshman Pia Nunbhakdi of Bangkok, Thailand, and sophomore Avery Struck of Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, Canada, represented Arkansas Tech on the All-GAC second team.

Burke (photographed, left) and junior Austin Smith of Russellville were the Wonder Boys’ All-GAC selections. Both were voted to the first team under the tutelage of Arkansas Tech head men’s golf coach Luke Calcatera.

The Arkansas Tech golf teams are in Hot Springs for the GAC Championships, which will continue through Tuesday, April 26.