Na Earns WGCA All-American First Team Honors
May 29, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Following a record-setting season, Pepperdine junior Grace Na collected All-American first team honors from the Women's Golf Coaches Association. She becomes just the fourth player in Pepperdine history to earn a spot on the first team, and the first since 2003.
Na is now a three-time All-American after receiving honorable mention notice as both a freshman and a sophomore.
"We are very proud of Grace," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "She has worked hard to achieve all of her goals this year. We can't wait to see what she does next year as a senior. And then after she graduates, she will transition into being a successful LPGA professional golfer."
The previous three Pepperdine All-American first teamers all have found success in the pros: Tamie Durdin (2000), Katherine Hull (2002 and 2003) and Lindsey Wright (2003). This is the 24th time since 2000 that a Wave has earned All-American status. Na could join Wright next season as the only four-time All-Americans in Pepperdine history.
In 2012-13, Na set a school record with a 72.17 stroke average and was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third time. She was the medalist at both the WCC Championships and the `Anuenue Spring Break Classic and ended the season ranked #8 nationally by Golfstat and #9 by Golfweek/Sagarin.
Na also finished the season holding the top spot on Pepperdine's career scoring average list, with a mark of 73.31 after 81 rounds. Twenty-three of her 27 tournaments have resulted in a top-20 finish, including all 10 of them in 2012-13.
In other career categories, Na ranks fifth in sub-par rounds (23), seventh in top-20 finishes and tied for eighth in top-10 results (14). She has four career victories.