Tuesday, May 24, 2016

  • Bronte Law named PING Player of the Year

    by USA women's college coaches 

    UCLA junior Bronte Law has been named the PING WGCA Player of the Year, the organization’s highest player honour for 2015-16.

    Recognized annually as the top honour in women's collegiate golf, the PING WGCA Player of the Year Award is awarded to the best player in Division I, II and III women's golf. The award was first given in 1987 and the names of recipients reads as a who's who of the best of the ladies game including Amanda Blumenherst (3-time), Lorena Ochoa (2-time) and Annika Sorenstam. The recipient is selected by a prestigious collection of women’s collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the finest player for the past year. This criteria include:

    • Head to head competition
    • Comparison with common opponents
    • Scoring average
    • Place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins
    • Strength of schedule

    Law, a native of Stockport, England, posted a 70.61 stroke average while notching seven top five finishes. She has three tournament victories this season, including the Stanford Intercollegiate, the PING/ASU Invite, and the NCAA Bryan Regional, and six total career victories, which ties Kay Cockerill for the most in school history. In addition, her score of 209 at the regional championships tied the course record for a 54-hole score.

    Law netted 20 rounds under par and 11 in the 60's over the course of the season, and her stroke average is the lowest in a single season since Lorena Ochoa’s average of 70.13 in 2002. She placed ninth in stroke play competition at the NCAA Championship with a score of 284 (-4) and helped UCLA earn the top seed in match play.

    About the Women’s Golf Coaches Association
    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents nearly 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
  • WGCA First Team All-Americans Announced at NCAA Championship

    The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) First Team All-Americans were announced today at the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship being held at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

    WGCA First Team All-Americans
    Virginia Elena Carta, Freshman, Duke University
    Katelyn Dambaugh, Junior, University of South Carolina
    Hannah Kim, Sophomore, Northwestern University
    Lauren Kim, Senior, Stanford University
    Cheyenne Knight, Freshman, University of Alabama
    Bronte Law, Junior, UCLA
    Leona Maguire, Sophomore, Duke University
    Anna Newell, Sophomore, University of Tennessee
    Linnea Strom, Freshman, Arizona State University
    Bailey Tardy, Freshman, University of Georgia
    Lilia Vu, Freshman, UCLA

    The criteria used to determine the WGCA All-American Teams include:
    • Head-to-head competition
    • Comparison with common opponents
    • Scoring average
    • Place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins
    • Strength of schedule