Spitz Named Top 4 Finalist for Honda Sport Award for Golf
Sophomore Emma Spitz has been named one of four finalists for the 2021 Honda Sport Award for Golf, as announced by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) on Wednesday.
Spitz is the 12th Bruin to be a finalist for the Honda Sport Award for Golf, joining Lilia Vu (2017-2018), Bronte Law (2015-2016 and 2014-2015), Alison Lee (2013-2014), Tiffany Joh (2007-2008), Amie Cochran (2004-2005), Susie Mathews (2003-2004), Charlotte Mayorkas (2003-2004), Kathy Choi (1995-1996), Christy Erb (1990-1991), Jean Zedlitz (1988-1989) and Kay Cockerill (1985-1986).
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 45 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics." The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2021 Honda Cup, which will be presented on a telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 28. The golf finalists were chosen by a panel of experts representing the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
Joining Spitz as finalists are Stanford's Rachel Heck and Angelina Ye and Oklahoma State's Maja Stark.
Spitz, a WGCA First Team All-American, a finalist for the ANNIKA Award and an All-Pac-12 Conference First Team selection, finished the season with a runner-up showing at the NCAA Championship. She was under par in her final three rounds, including a 4-under 68 in the final round, to finish at 7-under 281. Spitz was a combined 15-under in her last two tournaments of the season, winning the NCAA Louisville Regional (-8, 208). She closed with a 5-under 67 and a 4-under 68 to win by five strokes. It was the second victory of Spitz's career and first solo win.
Spitz was the top finisher for the Bruins in seven of nine events, with all of those being in the Top 4. She was second at the Sun Devil Winter Classic (-6, 210) thanks to three under-par rounds, including an opening, 3-under 69. Spitz tied for second at the Lamkin Invitational (-1, 215), shooting a pair of 2-under 70s, tied for third at The Match in the Desert (E, 144) and the Silverado Showdown (-2, 214) and was solo fourth at the Bruin Wave Invitational (+7, 223). Spitz also tied for third at the Augusta National Women's Amateur and tied for 10th at the Pac-12 Championship (+1, 214), opening with a pair of 3-under 68s. She posted a 71.6 scoring average, with 16 of her 27 rounds being under par, including six in the 60s.