May 2, 2013
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - Three Mustangs received All-Conference USA recognition, the league office announced Wednesday. Felicia Espericueta and Jenny Haglund were each named First Team All-C-USA, while Melanie White took Co-Most Improved Player of the Year honors.
All three players have been key contributors on a Mustangs team that has won three events this season and is currently ranked 36th in the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings. SMU also earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Central Regionals in Norman, Okla. on May 9-11.
Espericueta recorded three top-10 finishes and also had a finish of 11th in eight tournament events. The senior went to a three-hole playoff for the win at the C-USA Championship (April 22-24), firing a three-under 69 in the final round to tie for first. That score was her lowest of the season. She also tied for fourth at SMU's Dallas Athletic Club Invitational (April 5-7) and finished sixth at the Central District Invitational (Feb. 18-19). Espericueta had eight rounds of par or better, and carded a season-best three-round total of 220 on two occasions.
Haglund, a freshman, had three top-four finishes in seven tournaments this year. She tied for third at both the Clover Cup (March 9-10) and Central District Invitational (Feb. 18-19) and placed fourth in the Chip-N Club Invitational (Sept. 9-10), her first-career event. The native of Sweden had five rounds of par or better, including a round of 67 (five-under) in the second round of the Clover Cup. She finished the Clover Cup with a season-best three-round score of 214 (two-under). Haglund's average score of 74.45 is the best by a Mustang since 2006-07 (Lacey Jones - 72.29).
White started the season with a splash, taking individual medalist honors in SMU's second event of the season, the Johnie Imes Invitational. During that tournament, White carded the lowest round in SMU history, shooting a seven-under 65 during the second round. White ended up breaking the tournament record for total score, tallying a 208 over the three-day event. The senior finished the season with four under-par rounds. White also was named to the C-USA All-Academic Team on April 19.