Na Repeats as All-American in Women's Golf
June 11, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine women's golfer Grace Na capped off her sophomore season by being awarded All-American honorable mention status by both Golfweek and the National Golf Coaches Association.
It's the second time in her two seasons that Na (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) has been named an All-American. She also received honorable mention status from Golfweek as a freshman.
In 2011-12, Na was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year for the second time. She led the squad with a 74.10 stroke average and had final national rankings of #45 by Golfstat and #47 by Golfweek/Sagarin. She also had team bests of five top-10 finishes, seven top-20 results and six sub-par rounds.
Her biggest highlight of the year was a 9-under 63 in the first round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. She went on to win medalist honors with a 7-under 209. The 9-under tied a collegiate single-round record held by three other players (Pepperdine's Katherine Hull was one of them). She made it into Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" for the feat.
In her two seasons, Na's career stroke average of 73.98 is good for fourth all-time at Pepperdine. Thirteen of her 17 tournaments have resulted in a top-20 finish.
Additional postseason awards were given to freshman Somin Lee (Denver, Colo./Overland HS) and sophomore Liv Cheng (Auckland, New Zealand/Macleans College), who were named to the NGCA's All-West Regional team. Lee tied for sixth place and Cheng tied for 10th place at the NCAA West Regional, held May 10-12 at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie, Colo.
A young Pepperdine squad - the Waves had two freshmen and two sophomores in their lineup - won its 11th consecutive WCC title, placed third as a team at the NCAA West Regional and took 21st at the NCAA Championships. The Waves were ranked #19 in the final regular-season Golf World/NGCA poll, and were #23 by Golfstat and #26 by Golfweek/Sagarin in the final computer ratings.