In Arkansas Tech University’s 106 year rich history, the school has never had a female in consideration for the NCAA Woman of the Year award until now.
Meet Rebecka Surtevall. She’s from Stockholm, Sweden, and graduated in May of 2015 after an incredible run at Tech filled with awards from golf performances and her hard work in the classroom.
The award accounts for three main categories of focus: academics, athletics and community service. At one point there were 400 nominees, and Surtevall made all the cuts and is now among the final nine.
The nine finalists are equally distributed between each collegiate level, D1, D2 and D3. The winner of this coveted award will be announced on Sunday in Indianapolis.
“Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine accomplishing this much coming from Sweden,” she said. “I am greatly honored. It would put the icing on the cake.”
She said she has so many people to thank for making her journey as successful as it has been. From her golf coach, Amy Anderson, to all the professors, classmates and people “behind the scenes,” she said she feels greatly honored and is proud to represent a school like Tech.
She is currently living in Orlando, Florida, where she is pursuing her ultimate dream of playing on the LPGA tour. But for now, she works teaching young children the importance of sportsmanship and character through a program called TGA golf (teach, grow, achieve).
Furthermore, she is playing professionally on the Suncoast Tour and is competing in tournaments throughout the fall in order to gain recognition and status to make her dream come true.