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ANNIKA Award Watch List: March 6, 2015

As the spring season gains steam, the race for the ANNIKA Award seems tighter than ever. Only .59 rating points separate the first and 10th golfers in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings (compared with 1.42 on the men’s side), setting up a close finish for college women’s golf’s top award.

The ANNIKA Award presented by 3M honors the player of the year in college women’s golf, as selected by a group of college golfers, coaches and members of the golf media. UCLA’s Alison Lee was named the inaugural ANNIKA Award recipient in 2014.

Here is the first edition of Andy Zunz’s ANNIKA Award Watch List, which names some favorites as the spring season heats up. If a player is not on the list, she can play her way onto it during the spring season.

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Bronte Law, UCLA

Hometown: Stockport, England

Top finishes: Won, Stanford Intercollegiate, Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge; runner-up, Cougar Classic

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 2

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 5

Story: UCLA’s Bronte Law excels in big city

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Leona Maguire, Duke

Hometown: Cavan, Ireland

Top finishes: runner up, ANNIKA Intercollegiate; T-3, Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational; T-5, Cougar Classic

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 1

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 8

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Ally McDonald, Mississippi State

Hometown: Fulton, Miss.

Top finishes: won, Schooner Fall Classic, Old Waverly Invite; 4, Seminole Match-Up

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 10

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 12

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Dana Finkelstein, UNLV

Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.

Top finishes: won, Branch Law Firm / Dick McGuire Invitational, Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown; runner up, Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invite

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 5

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 6

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Marissa Chow, Pepperdine

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Top finishes: won, Golfweek Conference Challenge; T-4, Stanford Intercollegiate; 6, Dick McGuire Invitational

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 15

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 17

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Justine Dreher, South Carolina

Hometown: Valbonne, France

Top finishes: won, ANNIKA Intercollegiate; 4, Mercedes-Benz Collegiate; T-5, Florida State Match-Up

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 11

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 18

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Gabriela Lopez, Arkansas

Hometown: Mexico City

Top finishes: runner up, Annika Intercollegiate; T-3, Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational; T-5, Cougar Classic

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 12

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 16

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Marijosse Navarro, Texas A&M

Hometown: Mexico City

Top finishes: won, UC Irvine Invitational; 3, Florida State Match-Up; 4, Alamo Invitational

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 8

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 13

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Chieh Jessica Peng, Mississippi State

Hometown: Taoyuan, Taiwan

Top finishes: 3, Schooner Fall Classic; 4, Old Waverly Invite; 5, Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, Seminole Match-Up

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 4

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 9

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Celine Boutier, Duke

Hometown: Montrouge, France

Top finishes: T-3, Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational, ANNIKA Intercollegiate

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 6

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 14

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Others to watch: Sierra Sims, Wake Forest; Doris Chen, USC; Kyung Kim, USC; Hayley Davis, Baylor; Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford

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