OGDEN, Utah – When you record the best 54-hole score in the history of the university and win your second tournament in three tries this spring season, it is hard to argue against a "Golfer of the Week" nod.
Accordingly, Northern Arizona University golfer Sofia Anokhina was named this week's Big Sky GOTW for her victorious performance over the weekend at the Red Rocks Invitational.
Anokhina, a sophomore from Moscow, Russia, has turned in the following finishes in 2017: first place, third place, first place. The most recent of these showings came at NAU's host tourney in Sedona, Ariz., this past Saturday and Sunday. Anokhina matched her career-best collegiate scoring round in the first set of 18 with a 3-under-par 69, but wasted no time in topping that mark in the second round with a 4-under 68.
As if those two scorecards weren't impressive enough, Anokhina woke up Sunday determined to finish the tournament strong—seeing as she only had a one-stroke lead over second place heading into the final day of play—and that she did.
Despite a moderate wind gust that blew just enough to propose an annoyance on the field of 81 golfers, Anokhina handled her composure beautifully and struck the ball well en route to posting a 5-under 67 tally—tied for the best round in program history.
At the end of the weekend, it was Anokhina hoisting her second first-place trophy of the season with a remarkable 12-under 204 three-round score. She won the tournament by a full 11 strokes and bested the previous school record by the same amount. Additionally, Anokhina is scoring at an average clip this spring of 70.66.
"I've been coaching for 17 years, and to see someone go out there and perform like that was incredible," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha following play Sunday. "She never wavered, never flinched. It was jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring…however you want to put it. It was such an impressive performance to win by 11 shots in a college golf tournament."
For Anokhina, this is her second-career GOTW accolade, but the first in which she was named the outright recipient. The first occurrence was a "Co-GOTW" acknowledgment.