Golfers Named All-American - Zain, Deleonardis and Kang Honored

Fariza Zain
Laura Deleonardis
Esther Kang

CEDAR HILL, Texas –Northwood Lady Knight golfer Fariza Zain, a freshman from Singapore, has been named a first-team NAIA All-American.  Another freshman, Flower Mound’s Laura Deleonardis, was named a second team All-American.  And Honorable Mention was awarded to Northwood Senior, Esther Kang from Dallas, TX.

The honors capped a great year for Northwood’s lady golfers, who were ranked seventh in the nation in the 2013 NAIA  post-season poll.

“I’m proud of the entire team, and certainly of Fariza and Laura,” head coach Ben Belfield said.  “And being ranked seventh nationally is another indication of how strong our women’s team is.”

Beginning next year, Northwood golfers will be competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  Five SAC schools are ranked in the top 25 teams in the post-season poll – the most of any NAIA conference.

“Next year will present some new challenges,” Belfield said.  “But we’ll be ready.”


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.