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South African Cara Gorlei Earns Academic Honors

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FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas rising juniors Kaylee Benton and Cara Gorlei earned selection to the Women’s Collegiate Golf All-American Scholars team the organization announced today (6 July 2017).

Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher for their academic career. Benton and Gorlei are the 11th and 12th student-athletes honored for the Razorbacks and represent the 24th and 25th selections for Arkansas since 1997.

“I could not be more proud of Cara and Kaylee for becoming WGCA All-American Scholars and for their commitment to excellence on the golf course and in the classroom,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “These young women go above and beyond what they are required to do each and every day and this is a great reward for their hard work. They both have made tremendous contributions to our golf program and they are great examples of winning in all facets of collegiate athletics.”

Gorlei joined the Razorbacks as a freshman for the 2014-15 season and her continued improvement earned the Capetown, South Africa native, a trip to the NCAA Championship as an individual in 2017. Gorlei finished tied for seventh at the NCAA Columbus Regional punching her ticket for the finals.

She finished the year shooting 74.06 with 31 college rounds played as a junior.

Benton transferred to Arkansas from UNLV and immediately contributed to the Razorback program. Originally from the Natural State, Benton played in every event in her first season at Arkansas picking up three top-10 finishes. She and Gorlei have earned selection to the Arkansas Athletics Department academic honor roll in every semester.

Other Razorbacks who have been selected to the WCGA All-Scholar team include MacKenzie Cato (1997), Jennifer Norlien (2004), Gena Johnson (2005), Stacy Lewis (205, 2006, 2007, 2008), Tiffany Phelps (2010), Corinna Rees (2007, 2010, 2011), Victoria Vela (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Emily Tubert (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Emily Podzielinski (2012), and Gabriela Lopez (2013, 2014, 2015).




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Meet the Young Athletes: Lia Naidoo

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Today meet little golfer champion girl- Lia Naidoo. Lia’s stunning achievements has been sent to me by Media Link director, Vera Vencatasamy.   Media Link does wonderful work together with the SuperSport – Let’s Play initiative to encourage youngsters to stay fit and healthy through play, sport and activity in their various schools and communities throughout SA and Africa. In KZN the latter is in collaboration with The Post and Isolezwe newspapers.

Lia is proudly a student at Victory Christian Academy. Lia won the Let’s Play Sports Star for the month for March 2015.  To top that, she has just won the SuperSport Let’s Play /Post Newspaper Star of the Year Award! Wow and congrats Lia!


“Lia Naidoo Grade 2 of Victory Christian Academy School,  won the Junior Africa Golf  Championship earlier this year. The plucky 7 year old  shot 44, 43 and 37 in the process beating girls ages 8 and 9 and a few boys too. The Junior Africa Golf Challenge this year saw kids from England, Mauritius, France, Nigeria, Kenya, UAE and South Africa with a total of 119 competing for the very prestigious African Championship. Lia has now already qualified for the European Championship to be held in Scotland and the Malaysian World Championships in December”.

Lia is on her way to the Malaysia Kids Golf Championship, Venue: Palm Resort Golf and Country Club, Senai Johor, Malaysia –  December 14- 18 2015. Lia will play in the 8 years category. The European Kids Golf Championship will be later in May 2016, she has already qualified for it.

All the best blessings Lia, We are keeping a keen eye on you, little champion girl!

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Photographs: Warren Moodliar Photography

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Tel: 27 31 5051743 OR +27 845051743





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Photography Contact Details:

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Tel – 074 253 9610

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