May 16, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs women's golf team honored its season at their awards banquet on Tuesday, acknowledging the team's award winners and record-breaking performances. SMU won three events (the most since 2003-04) and finished the season ranked 33rd in the nation, an improvement of 67 positions over last season.
Head Coach Jeanne Sutherland was very proud of her team's efforts this season, and knows that the program can only get better from here.
"This team took a big step forward for SMU women's golf," Sutherland said. "They had clear goals for the season and they worked hard to achieve them. We had great depth all year, which helped the competitive nature of practice and kept everyone's focus sharp. Many of our awards went to underclassmen which makes our future bright. After playing well, but not quite making it at NCAA Regionals this year, these young players will come back hungry for the NCAA Championships next year."
In all, four school records were broken this season, three being individual marks and one team record. Freshman Jenny Haglund set the SMU all-time record with a 74.24 scoring average. The previous record was held by Lacey Jones, who had a 74.29 average in the 2006-07 season. Haglund earned First Team All-Conference USA recognition on May 2. Senior Felicia Espericueta tallied nine rounds of par or better this season, beating the previous mark of seven by Laura Cross in 2005-06. Espericueta was also named First Team All-C-USA, and competed in a three-hole playoff for the C-USA title. Fellow senior Melanie White broke the SMU record for low single round and low 54-hole total in her winning performance at the Johnie Imes Invitational on Oct. 1-2. White carded a 65 (seven-under par) in the second round finished with a 208 (eight-under). Six of the lowest 13 single-round scores in SMU history were recorded this season. SMU broke the single-season scoring average, coming in at 299.62, beating the previous mark of 302.52 by nearly three strokes.
The Mustangs gave out numerous team awards at their banquet. The Mustang Award, given to the lowest scoring average on the team, went to Haglund. White took the Ladder Award for having the most-improved scoring average on the team from last season. White improved her average by 12.82 shots over last season, and also took Co-Most Improved Player honors from the C-USA. White also earned the Blade Award, presented to the player with the best combined putting stats based on greens in regulation and putts per round. Espericueta won the Otis Award for having a the best short game on the team, converting on 53.7 percent of her up and downs. Alexandra Rossi, who took individual medalist honors at the Chip-N Club Invite, won the Striker Award for hitting the highest percentage of greens and fairways. Jennifer Park was also honored for having the most rounds counted for the team total this season with 28.