Salas, Song Given Pac-10's Top Honors
May 26, 2009
USC sophomore Lizette Salas was named 2009 Pac-10 Women's Golfer of the Year while freshman teammate Jennifer Song was honored as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday (May 26).
Salas, who spent much of the season as the top-ranked golfer and was tabbed an NGCA All-American first teamer, finished the season ranked fourth in the nation according to Golfweek. The Azusa, Calif., native, who won two tournaments on the year, earned her first collegiate victory at the 2009 Stanford Intercollegiate, carding a 7-under 206 for the three-day tournament. In eight of the 10 events Salas competed in, the Trojan finished under-par. On the season, the sophomore has shot six rounds in the 60s, including a career-low 65 in the final round of the Pac-10 Championships, one-stroke off the all-time USC record. Her stroke average of 71.82 was fifth best in the country.
Song, who finished the season as the No. 1 ranked player in the nation according to Golfweek, led the nation with her 71.55 stroke average, setting a Trojan record by more than half a stroke. In addition, the Deajon, Korea, native was recognized as an NGCA All-American first teamer and the NGCA Freshman of the Year. Song led the field heading into the final hole at the 2009 NCAA Women's Golf Championships before finishing one shot out of second place. Song also finished second at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships and the 2009 NCAA West Regional. On the season, Song carded five second-place finishes in 10 starts for USC and led USC with seven rounds in the 60s.
Arizona State head coach Melissa Luellen was named Pac-10 Coach of theYear.