Women's Golf All-Conference Teams Announced
April 30, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA has announced its 2014 Women's Golf All-Conference Teams along with its specialty award winners following a vote by the league's head coaches. Tulane's Emily Penttila was selected as Golfer of the Year, marking the eighth time a Green Wave player has earned the top women's honor. Tulane first-year coach Lorne Don was named Coach of the Year, while sophomore Silvia Garces was voted the Most Improved Golfer. FIU's Camilla Serrano earned Freshman of the Year honors.
Don led Tulane to a repeat C-USA Women's Golf Championship title, topping this year's field by 10 strokes at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Green Wave posted a C-USA Championship record three-round total of 856 (281-291-284) to win its sixth championship crown in the league's 19-year history.
Pentilla earned Player of the Year honors after posting four top-10 finishes against some of the strongest competition in the country, including fourth at the C-USA Championship.
Joining Pentilla with first-team accolades is teammate Gemma Dryburgh. The junior placed second at this year's C-USA Championship after finishing the 54 holes in 2013 in a three-way tie for first place. She was a second-team all-conference selection in 2012 and earned third-team honors as a freshman.
UTSA senior Fabiola Arriaga, the 2014 C-USA individual medalist, earns first-team honors in her inaugural season in the league. She carded a 207 for the tournament, tying the conference record for low score, to finish four strokes ahead of the runner-up. She entered the tournament coming off C-USA Golfer of the Week honors April 9 and currently is ranked No. 93 by Golfweek magazine.
Rounding out the first team is a pair of East Carolina sophomores Nicoline Engstroem Skaug and Frida Gustafsson Spang. Skaug tied for seventh at this year's championship for her fourth top-10 finish of the 2014 campaign. She moves up to the first team after earning second-team honors last season. Spang, the 2013 C-USA Freshman of the Year, repeats her first-team honor and posted seven top-20 performances in 10 tournaments during the season.
Serrano of FIU was named Freshman of the Year after a solid rookie campaign that saw her claim a first-place finish at the JU Amelia Island Collegiate and a tie for 12th place at in her first C-USA Championship. Serrano was also selected to the All-C-USA Second Team and the only freshman to be recognized with all-conference honors.
Tulane's Garces is the 2014 C-USA Most Improved Golfer of the Year. The sophomore posted a 75.97 stroke average in her rookie campaign, but enhanced her game by more than two strokes and enters NCAA Regional play with a 73.73 average - the second-best on her team. Garces was named the C-USA Golfer of the Week on Sept. 25.
Tulane placed five golfers on the all-conference teams, while East Carolina and UTSA followed with three apiece and FIU with two. Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss were each represented on the all-conference teams.
2014 All-C-USA Women's Golf Teams
All-Conference USA First Team
All-Conference USA Second Team
All-Conference USA Third Team