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Bellet named All-American

Dani Bellet will not be playing golf for the next few days. Better put, the Dakota Wesleyan University junior cannot play golf for the next few days. At least not with her own clubs. After taking second at the NAIA Women's Golf National Champions...

Dani Bellet will not be playing golf for the next few days.

Better put, the Dakota Wesleyan University junior cannot play golf for the next few days.

At least not with her own clubs.

After taking second at the NAIA Women's Golf National Championship on Friday, Bellet took the plane ride home from Nashville, Tenn. Her clubs still have not made it back.

"Our luggage didn't make it," Bellet said Monday evening. "My clubs are somewhere in America in an airport."

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All is well with Bellet, though.

Now, she will have a few days to bask in the glory of being named an NAIA first-team All-American. The award was announced Monday and Bellet is the first-ever Wesleyan golfer to be recognized as a first-team selection.

"It was very clear from the end of the fall season that she had a top-10 stroke average in the whole country," DWU coach Adam Anderson said. "When you combine that with the fact that she won 11 tournaments throughout the year, we kind of knew that if she played well at nationals, she'd be a lock for All-American.

"Thank goodness we were right."

Bellet, a Lead native, was an honorable-mention pick as a sophomore. She is one of 15 golfers in the NAIA to earn first-team honors and is the only golfer from the Great Plains Athletic Conference to earn All-American recognition.

Friday, Bellet recorded the highest finish at the national tournament in DWU history. She carded a nine-over par 301 in the four-round tournament at Link Hills Golf Course in Greeneville, Tenn. She finished four strokes behind national-champion Kylie Barros, of British Columbia University.

"I thought I played well enough that it was a possibility, I guess," Bellet said of her All-American selection.

Bellet also earned her third straight GPAC Women's Golfer of the Year award after winning the individual GPAC title. She was named to the first-team all-GPAC for the third consecutive season.

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Former Wesleyan golfer Heather Snavely is the only other DWU golfer to be honored as an All-American. She earned honorable-mention accolades in 2006.

"It's really nice to make that step as a program," Anderson said. "To finally get one on the first team is a nice step to make, especially being a northern-based school. There are a lot of schools in the south that haven't had an All-American."

Bellet won 11 of the 15 tournaments Wesleyan entered this past season. Her worst individual performance was a sixth-place finish. She set the school's 18- and 36-hole individual scoring records and was named the conference's women's golfer of the week seven times.

So, what is left for her senior season?

"Hopefully, win nationals," Bellet said.

In the summer prior to her senior year at DWU, Bellet said she plans on playing three state events and one larger event. She said the stroke play, match play and two-women events will be in South Dakota. The larger event will be a Women's Western Golf Association Tournament in Wyoming. Bellet said the tournament is a national amateur event.

"As a coach," Anderson said. "I'm really hoping she gets those clubs back."

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