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April 27, 2010

2009-10 Northern Arizona Women’s Golf Season Highlights

2009-10 Northern Arizona Women’s Golf Season Highlights

* NAU won four team tournament titles, setting a new school record. The Lumberjacks won the Bulldog & Eagle Invitational, the NAU Mountain Shootout, the Grand Canyon Women’s Fall Invite and the Red Rocks Invitational. The previous mark was set by the 1996-97 and 1997-98 golf teams that each recorded three wins. The win at the Red Rocks Invitational was their first win at their home spring tournament since the inaugural season of the event in 2006.

* NAU broke the single-, two- and three-round team, as well the single-season school records this season. The Lumberjacks shattered the team individual round school record with a three-under par 285 in the first round of the Grand Canyon Invitational, finishing with a two-day total of 580 to break the two-round mark of 584 set at the 1998 Lumberjack Invitational. The previous single-round record was 291 set at the 2002 Lumberjack Invitational, while the two-round mark was set at 584 at the 1998 Lumberjack Invitational. In the final regular season tournament, NAU broke the 54-hole mark by eclipsing the 900-stroke barrier for the first time in school history with an 897 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. The Lumberjacks averaged a school-best 304.5 strokes per round this season.

* The Lumberjacks posted seven of the top 15 single-round team scores and five players posted their single-round collegiate-bests during the year.

* Freshman Stephanie Kim was chosen the Big Sky Player of the Year and the Big Sky Freshman of the Year, the first golfer in league history to win both honors in the same season. She is believed to be the first female in any sport to accomplish the feat. Eastern Washington men’s basketball player Rodney Stuckey, now a star with the Detroit Pistons, won both honors in 2005-06. Kim is the third student-athlete in school history to be named Freshmen of the Year and is the sixth player in school history to claim Player of the Year honors.

* Kim won the 2010 Big Sky Championships with a school-record tying 54-hole total of 216. She posted rounds of 69-70-77 to claim the title by four strokes over teammate Megan Buck, who carded a career-best 220 over the three rounds. Kim joined former NAU standout Sophia Choi as the only freshmen to win the conference tournament, tying the Big Sky Championship record set by NAU’s Lauren Gray in 2004 and equaled by Margaux Sheehan of Sacramento State in 2007. She is the fifth player in school history to win medalist honors. Overall, NAU players have won medalist honors at the Big Sky Championship five previous times, including Choi, Lauren Gray (2004), Louise Davis (1997) and Eleanor Pilgram (1996, 1998).

* NAU had six student-athletes earn All-Big Sky including first-team selection Stephanie Kim and Alexa Kim. Four Northern Arizona players earned second-team honors: Seniors Megan Buck and Meghan Bremer and juniors Dakin Banta and Bethany Leclair. Banta (2008) and Leclair (2009) were named to the second team for the second time, while Buck and Bremer earned their first all-conference selections. The six players on the all-conference team is a Big Sky record with no previous school posting more than four golfers in a single season on the all-league team.

* Stephanie Kim posted a school-record scoring average of 75.6 in 11 tournaments, breaking the record held by Sophia Choi set during the 2007-08 season, and won a single-season best three tournaments. She captured medalist honors at the Grand Canyon Fall Invitational, the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic and the Big Sky Championships. With three tournament victories, she became the fourth student-athlete in school history to win three or more tournaments in their career.

* Stephanie Kim shot a single-round school record 68 in the first round of the Cowgirl Classic and tied the school 54-hole record two times with an even-par 216 during the season (Cowgirl Classic, Big Sky Championships). She also set a school record with six par or better during the season.

* Stephanie Kim was named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Teams for Division I, the 10th player in school history to earn the academic honor.

* The Lumberjacks say goodbye to three seniors who will graduate this May. Megan Buck, Meghan Bremer and Lauren Halstead have combined 188 rounds of golf for the Lumberjacks. Buck finishes her career with 98 rounds, the seventh-best total in school history. Bremer, who joined the program from Grand Canyon, was a member of the 2009 Big Sky Championship team, while Halstead was a NGCA All-American Scholar in 2008.

Individual Honors

Dakin Banta

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete

All-Big Sky Second Team

Meghan Bremer

All-Big Sky Second Team

Megan Buck

All-Big Sky Second Team

Big Sky All-Tournament Team

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete

Lauren Halstead

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete

Alexa Kim

All-Big Sky First Team

Stephanie Kim

Big Sky Conference Player of the Year

Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year

NGCA All-American Scholar Team

All-Big Sky First Team

Big Sky All-Tournament Team

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete

Bethany Leclair

All-Big Sky Second Team

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete

DID YOU KNOW…The Lumberjacks’ 3.16 cumulative GPA was the highest since department grades have been tracked starting in 1997 and marked the 11th semester in the last 12 overall the NAU student-athletes have recorded a 3.00 cumulative GPA.  Since 1998, NAU student athletes have earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in 21 of the 23 semesters.