Olivia Lugar and Connie Zhou Named to 2013 WGCA All-America Team
Destin, Fla., May 16, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis sophomore Olivia Lugar and freshman Connie Zhou were named to the 2013 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division III All-America Team, as announced Wednesday at the WGCA Banquet held at the Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort in Destin, Fla.
Lugar was a repeat selection on the All-America First Team, while Zhou earned second-team honors for the first time in her career. In addition, Lugar and Zhou joined senior Hannah Buck and junior Andrea Hibbert on the WGCA Region 3/Central Team.
Lugar, the 2012 Ping Division III National Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, entered the NCAA Division III Championship ranked fifth in scoring with a 77.28 average. She recorded 16 of 18 rounds at 80 or lower, and tied for medalist honors at the Doug Georgianni Memorial Invitational and at the Millikin University Fall Classic.
Zhou is 11th in NCAA Division III with a 78.28 stroke average, and has recorded 13 rounds at 80 or lower. She carded a pair of 75s at the Millikin University Fall Classic Sept. 22-23 en route to a career-best third-place finish. Zhou has finished in the top-10 in six of eight tournaments played, and is the second-ranked freshman in NCAA Division III.
Buck, a four-time all-Central Region selection, and Hibbert, a three-time all-Region honoree, entered the NCAA Championship tied for 24th in NCAA Division III in scoring at 79.67. Buck, the only three-time All-American in school history, has fired 10 rounds at 80 or lower this season, while Hibbert has fired 13 of 18 rounds at 80 or lower.
Washington University is making its fourth-straight NCAA Championship appearance after earning an at-large bid in 2013. Ranked No. 3 in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) coaches' poll, the Bears placed in the top-five in all nine regular season tournaments they competed in. Washington U. brought a 314.78 scoring average to the NCAA Championship, a mark that is the second lowest in school history. The Bears finished the regular season ranked No. 7 in the Division III head-to-head rankings.
Kelsey Morrison of George Fox University was named the NCAA Division III Player of the Year, Emily Javadi of Sewanee was the Freshman of the Year, Camila Romer of DePauw University took home the Kim Moore Spirit Award and Darla Kirby of Mary Hardin-Baylor was named the National Coach of the Year.
For a complete list of this year’s NCAA Division III All-Americans and All-Region players as well as other awards, visit the WGCA website at http://community.wgcagolf.com/WGCAGOLF/AwardInfo.