College Women

Hedwall, Brouse earn Golfweek honors

Caroline Hedwall
Caroline Hedwall ( Tracy Wilcox )

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Caroline Hedwall and Devon Brouse are doing more than their share in putting the Midwest on the college golf map.

Hedwall rose to national stardom May 21, becoming the first Oklahoma State women’s player to win the NCAA individual title. Meanwhile, Brouse solidified his reputation by bringing a national championship to Purdue.

For their efforts this season, Hedwall is 2009-10 Golfweek’s Player of the Year, and Brouse is Golfweek’s Coach of the Year.

Hedwall, the Big 12 Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons, has six victories in her two-year career. This spring, she won four of eight events, including an eight-shot victory at the Big 12 Championship.

Hedwall was 25 under par in her 12 starts, and her 12-under 276 at the national championship tied the NCAA scoring record set in 1983 by Miami’s Penny Hammel.

“It just feels like a great way to finish my college career,” said Hedwall, a Swede who plans to turn pro later this year. “That was my goal coming into the tournament.”

Brouse has led the Boilermakers to the NCAA finals every year since 2000. The team picked up two victories in the fall, then won its third consecutive Big Ten Conference title. Brouse (who completed his 12th season at Purdue, also was Golfweek’s top coach in 2006. He coached at North Carolina for 20 years. Brouse also coached last year’s NCAA individual champion, Maria Hernandez.

Brouse takes a hands-on approach to coaching, particularly in giving his players feedback.

“Just being able to call it like it is, and be straight up with the players and be frank and open and honest is what you have to (do) to be a good coach and be effective,” he said.

Golfweek’s All-Americans

First team

  • Caroline Hedwall (So.), Oklahoma State
  • Cydney Clanton (Jr.), Auburn
  • Jennifer Song (So.), USC
  • Jodi Ewart (Sr.), New Mexico
  • Marina Alex (So.), Vanderbilt
  • Jennifer Johnson (Fr.), Arizona State *
  • Stephanie Kono (So.), UCLA
  • Juliana Murcia (Sr.), Arizona State
  • Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (Jr.), Purdue
  • Carlota Ciganda (So.), Arizona State

Second team

  • Lizette Salas (Jr.), USC
  • Camilla Lennarth (Jr.), Alabama
  • Marta Silva Zamora (So.), Georgia
  • Lindy Duncan (Fr.), Duke *
  • Sydnee Michaels (Sr.), UCLA
  • Nathalie Mansson (So.), Tennessee
  • Margarita Ramos (So.), Arizona
  • Megan McChrystal (Jr.), LSU
  • Danielle Kang (Fr.), Pepperdine *
  • Laura Kueny (Sr.), Michigan State

Third team

  • Kelli Shean (Jr.), Arkansas
  • Jennifer Kirby (Fr.), Alabama *
  • Jaclyn Sweeney (Jr.), Arizona State
  • Cheyenne Woods (So.), Wake Forest
  • Tiffany Lua (Fr.), UCLA *
  • Joanne Lee (So.), California
  • Brittany Altomare (Fr.), Virginia
  • Numa Gulyanamitta (Jr.), Purdue
  • Julia Boland (Sr.), Texas A&M
  • Emilie Burger (Fr.), Georgia

Honorable mention

  • Sally Watson (Fr.), Stanford
  • Victoria Park (Fr.), Oklahoma State
  • Belen Mozo (Sr.), USC
  • Brooke Pancake (So.), Alabama
  • Kimberly Kim (Fr.), Denver
  • Sara-Maude Juneau (Jr.), Louisville
  • Candace Schepperle (Sr.), Auburn
  • Calle Nielson (Jr.), Virginia
  • Lisa McCloskey (So.), Pepperdine
  • Tessa Teachman (So.), LSU
  • Katie Burnett (So.), South Carolina
  • Isabelle Boineau (So.), Arizona
  • Sherlyn Popelka (Fr.), Arizona
  • Kayla Mortellaro (So.), Idaho
  • Michelle Shin (Fr.), Wake Forest
  • Laura Gonzalez-Escallon (Fr.), Purdue
  • Stefanie Kenoyer (Jr.), Furman
  • Kendra Little (Jr.), Oregon
  • Brianna Do (So.), UCLA
  • Laura Anderson (Jr.), Louisville

* – All-freshman team

Note: Teams determined by players’ order in Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.