CAA Honors Women's Golf Quartet
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Led by Coach-of-the-Year Cindy Ho and first-team selection senior Sofia Hagsund, four members of the UNCW women's golf team were recognized as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its annual awards on Wednesday.
"It's always a tremendous honor to be recognized by your peers and this award is no exception," said Ho. "I want to thank my players and Volunteer Assistant Coach Maggie Will for all their hard work and dedication this season as this award is truly a reflection of their effort and commitment to success all year long."
In voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches, Ho garnered CAA Coach-of-the-Year honors for the second straight season and the third time in her career (2007, 2011 & 2012) as she guided the Seahawks to the program's second straight CAA title and fourth league crown in six seasons with a four-stroke victory at the St. James Plantation a month ago.
The victory was UNCW's sixth conference championship under Ho and earned the team its seventh NCAA Regional appearance in 10 seasons as the team is slated to compete in the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional this week in Columbus, Ohio.
A five-time league Coach-of-the-Year honoree (also named Big South Coach-of-the-Year in 2003 & 2004), Ho has guided UNCW to five top-6 finishes and has lead her team to top-18 results in all 10 tournaments it has played in thus far this season.
Just the fifth player in league history to earn First-Team All-CAA honors three times during their collegiate career, Hagsund enters the Central Regional with a 75.53 stroke average, the sixth lowest single-season stroke average in school history. The Landskrona, Sweden native has posted two top 5 and three top-10 finishes this season, including a second-place result at the CAA Championship that earned her All-Tournament Team honors for the first time in her career.
A native of Burlington, N.C., Adams earns All-CAA recognition for the first time in her career as she continues to enjoy a breakout sophomore season that has her currently third on team with a 76.60 stroke average. An All-Tournament Team honoree at the CAA Championship last month, Adams will look to continue her solid play at the NCAA Central Regional as she has posted four rounds of par or lower this spring, including a career-low 71 in three straight rounds in March.
Kumar garners Second-Team All-CAA recognition for a second straight season as she is sits second on the team with a 76.20 stroke average in 10 events. The New Delhi, India product has posted one top 5 and four top-10 finishes this season, highlighted by a second-place finish at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, where she matched her career low with a second-round 67 and equaled the school mark for lowest 36-hole total with a five-under-par 139. Kumar enters the Central Regional coming off a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional in April.
"I am excited for Sofia, Lori Beth and Laverry that all three earned All-CAA recognition for their play this past season," said Ho. "Sofia's First-Team selection is well deserved as she has been our leader both on and off the course for the past three years and this honor is a great way for her to wrap her collegiate career. Lori Beth and Laverry were both outstanding all-around players for us this season and I am confident that both players will continue to be standout players for us as their careers progress."
The Seahawks begin play at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional Thursday when they tee off with East Carolina and Michigan on the No. 1 tee at 1:25 p.m.
2012 Women's Golf All-CAA First Team
2012 Women's Golf All-CAA Second Team
2011-12 CAA Player-of-the-Year: Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia State