Song 2009 NGCA Freshman Of The Year
May 22, 2009
USC freshman Jennifer Song was named the National Golf Coaches Association Freshman of the Year and joined sophomore teammate Lizette Salas on the NGCA All-American first team, the NGCA announced Friday night (May 22) at a banquet following the final round of the 2009 NCAA Championships.
Junior Belen Mozo also earned NGCA All-American second-team honors, becoming just USC's fourth three-time All-American (she was a first teamer in 2008 and honorable mention in 2007).
Also, Salas and Song's pairing on the All-American first team marks just the second time USC has had two first teamers on the same squad. Dewi Schreefel and Irene Cho did it in 2006. The Trojans have also had at least one All-American first teamer each year since 2006 and have had at least one 10 of the past 12 seasons.
Song finished second individually at the 2009 NCAA Championships, one stroke out of first place. She completed the tournament at 2-over 290 (72-73-71-74), notching fourth her top 2 result in as many outings and the sixth top 3 outing this year.
Salas, a second-team All-American last year, finished tied for 16th at 10-over 298 (74-74-75-75) and completed a season in which she did not finish outside the top 18 in any event. She had two first place finishes and eight top 10 marks.
Mozo tied for 21st at the NCAAs. She had three top 10 finishes this season and six in the top 15.
Salas and Song each bettered USC's school record for season stroke average, previously held by Irene Cho at 72.06. Song finished the season at 71.55 while Salas registered 71.82.
USC's four-round total of 1191 tied its third lowest NCAA total ever and was even six strokes better than its winning total in 2003.