May 22, 2014

Fang, Lugar and Zhou Named to 2014 WGCA All-America Team

St. Louis, Mo., May 22, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis freshman Xin Fang, junior Olivia Lugar and sophomore Connie Zhou were named to the 2014 Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division III All-America Team, as announced at the WGCA Awards Banquet in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Lugar was a first-team selection for the third-straight year, while Zhou picked up first-team accolades after earning second-team honors as a freshman. Fang was a second-team honoree in her first season on the Danforth Campus. In addition, Fang, Lugar and Zhou joined senior Andrea Hibbert on the WGCA Region 3/Central Team.

Lugar, the second three-time All-American in school history, fired 16 of 24 rounds this season at 80 or lower and entered the NCAA Championship ranked 10th in NCAA Division III with a 77.60 average. She won three tournaments this year to increase her career total to nine, tied for most in school history. Lugar shot a season-low 149 (76-73) to claim medalist honors at the Washington U. Spring Invitational, and finished in a tie for 32nd at the NCAA Championship with a 332 (84-80-87-81).

Zhou was first in the Central Region and fifth in NCAA Division III with a 76.85 stroke average. She fired 19 of 24 rounds at 80 or lower, and won the Golfweek Fall Preview with the lowest 54-hole score in school history of 219 (76-72-71). Zhou finished in the top-10 in eight of 11 tournaments played and tied for 19th at the NCAA Championship with a 322 (78-80-79-85).

Fang entered the NCAA Championship ranked 18th in NCAA Division III in scoring at 78.95. She fired 14 of 24 rounds at 80 or lower, and finished in the top-10 in 10 of 11 tournaments she competed in. Fang tied for seventh at the Washington U. Spring Invitational with a career-low 152 (77-75) and was tied for 32nd at the NCAA Championship with a 332 (82-86-82-82).

Hibbert, a four-time all-Central Region selection, had four top-10 finishes and entered the NCAA Championship ranked No. 73 in scoring (82.05). She fired 11 of 24 rounds at 80 or lower and shot a season-low 156 (77-79) to finish in a tie for 15th at the Washington U. Spring Invitational. Hibbert tied for 37th at the NCAA Championship with a score of 334 (86-79-84-85).

Washington U. posted a seventh-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship, the second-highest finish in school history. The Bears were ranked No. 1 in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) coaches' poll for the first time in school history and placed in the top-five in nine of 11 tournaments played. Washington U. brought a 313.40 scoring average to the NCAA Championship, and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the Golfstat Division III head-to-head rankings.

Sharon Li of Ithaca College was named the PING WGCA Division III Player of the Year, Sydney Maluenda of George Fox University was the WGCA Freshman of the Year and Kelsie Carralero of Methodist University took home the Kim Moore Spirit Award. Washington U. head coach Sean Curtis was named the Eaton Pride National Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.