TOP50 FEMALE PLAYERS TO WATCH
1. LINDY DUNCAN, Duke, Sr.
Third Blue Devil named NGCA national
player of the year. 4 wins in 10 starts in
2011-12; never finished worse than eighth.
2. STEPHANIE MEADOW, Alabama, Jr.
After helping Crimson Tide win NCAA
title, won clinching point in Curtis Cup
for GB&I. Won Ladies British Open Am.
3. ERYNNE LEE, UCLA, Soph.
First-team AA and NGCA national
freshman of the year. Quarterfinalist at
U.S. Women’s Amateur for third time.
4. CHIRAPAT JAO-JANVANIL, Oklahoma, Jr.
Became first Sooner to win NCAA
individual title and earn first-team
5. AMY ANDERSON, N.D. State, Sr.
With 15 titles already, eyeing D-I record
of 17 (San Jose State, Juli Inkster). Worst
finish in 3 3 career starts: T- 17.
6. SOPHIA POPOV, USC, Jr.
Medalist at Rancho Bernardo, her 4th
career win, 1 shy of Trojans’ all-time best
(Irene Cho). Honorable-mention AA.
7. TIFFANY LUA, UCLA, Sr.
2-time second-team AA before named
first-teamer in 2011-12. Has played in 2 2
USGA events. 3-1-0 for ’ 12 U.S. Curtis Cup.
8. ERICA POPSON, Tennessee, Sr.
Wrist injury in fall led to surgery, but
recovered to win fifth career title in
spring and play for U.S. Curtis Cup team.
9. LAURA GONZALEZ-ESCALLON, Purdue, Sr.
Claimed second Big Ten title and
earned second-team AA honors. Tied
school 18-hole scoring mark (65).
10. EMILY TUBERT, Arkansas, Jr.
Two-time first-team AA, with 5 top- 5
finishes in 2011-12. Won 2010 U.S.
Women’s Amateur Public Links title.
Brittany Altomare Virginia Sr. Career avg. (73.43) best of any Cavalier in school history
Celine Boutier Duke Fr. European Ladies Am champ; 2011 AJGA first-team AA
Alexandria Buelow Stetson Sr. First 3-time A-Sun POY; 4 wins, 8 top-5s in 11 starts
Emilie Burger Georgia Sr. Second-team AA; led UGa with 73.28 avg.; 3 top-10s
Doris Chen USC Soph. Claimed Pac- 12 title; top- 10 in par- 5 scoring ( 4.81)
Fanny Cnops UNC-Greensboro Soph. Southern Conf. POY; set/tied school 18-, 54-hole records
Hayley Davis Baylor Soph. First Bear to earn AA honors; 6 top-5s; 73.08 avg.
Gabriella Dominguez Texas Tech Sr. Set school scoring mark (72.8); led D-I in birdies (127)
Manon Gidali Arizona Soph. Started school in Jan. with 2 wins; first-team All-Pac- 12
Camilla Hedberg Florida Soph. SEC’s top frosh; set Gator rookie mark with 73.52 avg.
Cassy Isagawa Oregon Soph. In 11 starts, only 1 finish outside top 14; 5 top-5s
Augusta James N.C. State Soph. 74.14 avg. sets Wolfpack record; ACC freshman of year
Kim Kaufman Texas Tech Sr. U. S. WAPL semifinalist; 3-time S. Dakota Am champ
Kyung Kim USC Fr. 2012 U. S. WAPL champ; U. S. Women’s Open qualifier
SooBin Kim Washington Soph. Stanford Intercollegiate win among 5 top-10s
Jennifer Kirby Alabama Sr. First-team AA; Liz Murphey champ; 72.61 avg.
Harin Lee St. John’s Jr. 2 wins ( Towson, Spring Spider), 9 top-6s in 11 starts
Christine Lin Harvard Fr. Won 15 of 32 high-school events; 9 top-5s in AJGA starts
Lee Lopez UCLA Sr. Has 18 top-10s in 31 starts at UCLA, Long Beach State
Kristina Merkle Tulsa Sr. Conference USA POY; 73.0 avg.; 8 top-10s
Christina Miller USF Jr. Big East POY while leading Bulls to first conf. title
Grace Na Pepperdine Jr. 63 at Las Vegas Collegiate was low rd in D-I; 74.4% GIR
Michelle Piyapattra Columbia Jr. Ivy League POY; 2 wins, 7 top-5s in 10 starts
Caroline Powers Michigan State Sr. Twice named MSU’s top overall female athlete
Krista Puisite Texas State Sr. Shared Claud Jacobs title; 7 top-10s; 74.39 avg.
Paula Reto Purdue Sr. Honorable-mention AA; 2 wins (Landfall, Lady Jaguar)
Rachel Rohanna Ohio State Sr. Lady Buckeye champ; 2-time All-Big Ten first-teamer
Demi Runas UC Davis Sr. Repeated as Big West POY; Ptarmigan Ram winner
Katerina Ruzickova Texas A&M Jr. Became first Aggie to be medalist at NCAA Regional
Madelene Sagstrom LSU Soph. 4 top-10s, including SEC, NCAA Regional; 73.6 avg.
Marta Sanz Auburn Jr. Led Spain to World University Games team title
Mariah Stackhouse Stanford Fr. 3-time AJGA AA; qualified for 2011 U.S. Women’s Open
Lauren Stratton Vanderbilt Sr. Dropped avg. from 75.1 to 73.4; won Tenn. Am and Open
Emma Talley Alabama Fr. Won 10 AJGA events; played in 2011 U.S. Women’s Open
Victoria Trapani Auburn Soph. Led Tigers in scoring (74.28); won UCF Challenge
Kelsey Vines Oklahoma State Sr. Big 12 POY after transferring from BYU; 2 wins, 7 top-10s
Juliet Vongphoumy Maryland Soph. Broke Terps season scoring mark by .72 (73.72)
Sally Watson Stanford Sr. Playing for Scotland in 2012 World Team Amateur
Lindsey Weaver Notre Dame Fr. 4-time AJGA AA; 2-1-0 in 2011 Ping Jr. Solheim Cup
Christine Wong San Diego State Sr. Mountain West POY; 2 wins (Wyoming, Bruin Wave)
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