Pac-10 Announces Women's Golf Individual Awards
June 2, 2010
USC’S SONG NAMED WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE YEAR
ARIZONA STATE’S JOHNSON NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
ARIZONA’S IANELLO NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- In a vote of the league’s coaches, USC sophomore Jennifer Song was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, ARIZONA STATE freshman Jennifer Johnson was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and ARIZONA head coach Laura Ianello was named Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Song finished the season as the third-ranked individual in the country, according to Golfweek. The Daejon, Korea, native led the Trojans to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships and finished in fifth individually. Song, last year’s Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, is a two-time first team National Golf Coaches Association All-American, and USC’s first back-to-back honoree since Mikaela Parmlid in 2002 and 2003. Song posted two wins this season at the Mason Rudolph Championship and the Stanford Intercollegiate, and added four other top 5 finishes, including a second place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. Her single-season 71.65 stroke average was second all-time at USC, behind only her freshman average of 71.55. Her career average of 71.59, as well as her 15 career rounds in the 60s are also USC records.
Johnson was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year following a second place individual finish at the NCAA Championships. She led the NCAA field for three rounds before coming in second at 8-under 280 to lead the Sun Devils to a fourth place team finish. The Palm Desert, Calif., native had six top-10 finishes and only placed outside of the top-15 once. With a season stroke average of 72.40, she finished ranked sixth in the nation according to Golfweek. Johnson was also named the National Golf Coaches Association Freshman of the Year and earned first-team NGCA All-American honors.
Ianello was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year on the heels of a great year by the Wildcats, including a Pac-10 Championship title, the first for the team since 2002. Arizona finished fifth as a team at the NCAA Championship final, after winning the Stanford Regional. Sophomore Margarita Ramos finished seventh individually, the best NCAA finish for a Wildcat since 2003, when the late Erica Blasberg won the event. The team finished the season ranked fourth in the country in Golfweek’s rankings.