Pac-12 golfers earn All-America honors
SAN FRANCISCO –– Despite the 2020 women’s golf season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pac-12 placed 14 individuals on the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America Teams. Five freshmen highlighted the list of honorees with three earning First Team accolades – ARIZONA STATE’s Linn Grant, ARIZONA’s Vivian Hou, and UCLA’s Emma Spitz. The Pac-12 has placed three or more individuals on the WGCA All-America First Team in each of the last 15 seasons.
The Pac-12’s 14 honorees are most among all conferences.
Grant posted a 71.05 stroke average, while shooting par or better in 14 of 22 rounds. She had five top-10 finishes including a victory in the season’s final tournament of the year (7-under 209 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational). Hou (70.68) shot par or better in 16 of 19 rounds and finished among the top five in six of seven tournaments. Spitz (71.36) shot par or better in 14 of 22 rounds and collected six top-10 finishes during the season.
All three ranked in the top 10 in Golfstat’s individual rankings – No. 4 Hou (70.29), No. 7 Spitz (70.85) and No. 8 Grant (70.96). In addition, the trio will represent the Internationals at the 2020 Palmer Cup (originally scheduled for July 3-5, but has been postponed until December 21-23).
WGCA Division I All-America Teams
Linn Grant, Fr., Arizona State
Vivian Hou, Fr., Arizona
Emma Spitz, Fr., UCLA
Allisen Corpuz, Sr., USC
Yu-Sang Hou, Jr., Arizona
Aline Krauter, So., Stanford
Angelina Ye, Sr., Stanford
Alyaa Abdulghany, Jr., USC
Ya Chun Chang, So., Arizona
Alessandra Fanali, So., Arizona State
Amelia Garvey, Jr., USC
Olivia Mehaffey, Sr., Arizona State
Sofie Nielsen, Fr., Oregon
Emilie Paltrinieri, Fr., UCLA