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Mortellaro earns All-America mention

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Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro climbed as high as 9th nationally in the GolfStat.com rankings (Photo: Univ. of Idaho Athletics) Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro climbed as high as 9th nationally in the GolfStat.com rankings (Photo: Univ. of Idaho Athletics)

by Univ. of Idaho Athletics

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida – On the heels of the most impressive individual season in Idaho women's golf history, Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro was recognized by the National Golf Coaches Association on Friday with Division I All-America Honorable Mention accolades.

Mortellaro, a sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz. (Mesa High School), became the first Vandal woman to earn NGCA All-America honors. She climbed as high as ninth nationally in the GolfStat.com rankings and finished the season at 19th after compiling a 72.79 scoring average and earning top-three finishes in six events.

"This honor is a testament to Kayla's exceptional play throughout the entire year," Idaho women's golf coach Lisa Johnson said. "This is a tremendous accolade to top off a year that included three tournament victories, WAC Player of the Year Honors and a team bid to the NCAA Regional tournament.

"We are extremely proud of Kayla, as she emulates all that is Vandal."

The Western Athletic Conference honored Mortellaro as its Women's Player of the Year after she led the team to a third-place finish by just two strokes at the WAC Championship Tournament. She was also twice named WAC Golfer of the Week in the spring and earned WAC Golfer of the Month honors for October.

Mortellaro won individual titles in 2010 at the WSU Inland Cup, Northern Migration Invitational and UC Irvine Anteater Invitational. She also led the Idaho women to team titles at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, WSU Inland Cup and Price's Give ‘Em Five Invitational. She carded an opening-round 65 at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational at the Boulder Creek Golf Club on March 8 to tie the Idaho school record, as well as the tournament and course records.

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