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Pac-12 announces 2024 women's golf postseason awards

May 29, 2024
Matt Thompson

The Pac-12 announced Wednesday the annual women's golf postseason awards as voted on by the league's head coaches. STANFORD's Paula Martín Sampedro swept Pac-12 Women’s Golfer and Freshman of the Year while the Cardinal's Anne Walker earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors for the third time in the past four season. In addition to these awards, the Pac-12 Women’s Golf All-Conference Team is also listed below as previously announced at the conclusion of the Pac-12 Championships on April 23.

PAC-12 WOMEN'S GOLFER & FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Paula Martín Sampedro, STANFORD (Madrid, Spain)

Despite not capturing a tournament title during her rookie campaign, Martín Sampedro was the steadiest player for a Stanford program that won five team titles capped by its third all-time NCAA national championship in 2023-24.

The All-Pac-12 performer, WGCA Co-Freshman of the Year and First Team All-American led all freshmen and ranked top-10 nationally with a 70.5 scoring average and finished in the top 10 in all but one of her 10 events. Of her nine top 10s, six were top-5 finishes including third at both the NCAA Cle Elum Regional and National Championship. Her remarkable consistency was highlighted by the fact that 23 of her 28 competitive rounds were under par, with nine rounds in the 60s.

The 70.5 scoring average is the sixth-best in a season in Pac-12 history, third-best among freshmen trailing only Rose Zhang (69.68 in 2021-22) and teammate Rachel Heck (69.72 in 2020-21).

It marks the fourth consecutive year the Stanford program claimed both Pac-12 Golfer and Freshman of the Year, with Sampedro becoming the third Cardinal to sweep both honors over that span along with Heck in 2021 and Zhang in 2022.

In total, Martín Sampedro is the eighth in Conference history to capture both the Pac-12 Golfer and Freshman/Newcomer of the Year awards (Erica Blasberg ARIZ 1993, Louise Stahl ASU 2005, Anna Nordqvist ASU 2007, Annie Park USC 2013, Alison Lee UCLA 2014, Rachel Heck STAN 2021, Rose Zhang STAN 2022).

She is the fifth consecutive Golfer of the Year from Stanford (Albane Valenzuela 2019, Rachel Heck 2021, Rose Zhang 2022 & 2023), and the fourth consecutive and fifth overall Freshman of the Year all since 2017 (Andrea Lee 2017, Rachel Heck 2021, Rose Zhang 2022, Megha Ganne 2023).

PAC-12 WOMEN'S GOLF COACH OF THE YEAR: Anne Walker, STANFORD

Walker's program emerged from an All-Pac-12 Final Fore to win the Stanford program's third NCAA championship of her tenure (2015, 2022, 2024) en route to being named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the fourth time (2015, 2021, 2022, 2024).

The four awards are now tied for the second-most in Conference history (Carrie Forsyth 6, Linda Vollstedt 4) and gives Walker seven for her career along with three Big West accolades while at UC Davis.

Despite losing phenom Rose Zhang to the professional ranks, Walker's Cardinal spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 nationally thanks to a quintet of WGCA All-Americans - First Team selections Megha Ganne and Paula Martín Sampedro, Second Team pick Kelly Xu, and honorable mention performers Sadie Englemann and Rachel Heck. That depth peaked during the postseason as Stanford swept the Pac-12, NCAA Cle Elum Regional and NCAA Stroke Play Championships before knocking off Auburn (3-0-2), USC (3-1-1) and UCLA (3-2-0) in match play to capture the national title.

 

The Pac-12 Postseason Awards and Pac-12 All-Conference Team are voted on by Pac-12 Women's Golf head coaches. Please see below for the complete list of honors (All-Conference Team was announced April 23 following the conclusion of the Pac-12 Championships):

2024 PAC-12 WOMEN'S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Name School Year Hometown
Amari Avery USC Jr. Riverside, Calif.
Camille Boyd Washington Sr. Yorba Linda, Calif.
Zoe Antoinette Campos UCLA Sr. Valencia, Calif.
Sadie Englemann Stanford Sr. Austin, Texas
Megha Ganne Stanford So. Holmdel, N.J.
Carolina Melgrati Arizona Jr. Milan, Italy
Ashley Menne Arizona State Sr. Surprise, Ariz.
Catherine Park USC So. Irvine, Calif.
Kiara Romero Oregon Fr. San Jose, Calif.
Paula Martín Sampedro Stanford Fr. Madrid, Spain
Gile Bite Starkute Arizona 5th Vilnius, Lithuania
Kelly Xu Stanford So. Claremont, Calif.

Honorable Mention: Caroline Canales, UCLA; Ching-Tzu Chen, Oregon; Minori Nagano, Oregon; Patience Rhodes, Arizona State; Meghan Royal, UCLA; Kate Villegas, UCLA; Nena Wongthanavimok, Arizona.