Top 10 women’s players of past 10 years
Each Tuesday leading up to the NCAA Women’s Championship, Golfweek counted down its Top 10 Women’s Players of the Past 10 Years. A new player was revealed each week. The list was voted on by Golfweek writers and editors.
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No. 1 Lorena Ochoa
School: Arizona (2000-02)
Coach: Greg Allen
Noteworthy: Two-time NGCA Player of the Year . . . two-time first-team All-American . . . NGCA Freshman of the Year (2001) . . . Two-time Honda Award finalist . . . Two-time Golfstat Cup winner (nation’s lowest scoring average) . . . Pac-10 Player of the Year (2002) . . . Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2001) . . . set NCAA record by winning seven tournaments in a row during sophomore season . . . set NCAA record for individual wins with eight victories during sophomore season . . . won 12 total events in two seasons . . . finished second at NCAA Women’s Championship (2001, ’02) . . . was at par or better in 47 of 60 collegiate rounds . . . posted a 70.85 career scoring average while at Arizona . . . competed in five LPGA events while at Arizona and finished in top 10 three times . . . holds Arizona record for low 54-hole total with 10-under 206 at 2001 Oregon State Invitational . . . finished first or second in all but two college tournaments (she tied for ninth in her Arizona debut and tied for third in April 2001).
No. 2 Amanda Blumenherst
School: Duke (2005-09)
Coach: Dan Brooks
Noteworthy: Three-time NGCA Player of the Year (2006-08) . . . Four-time first-team All-America and All-ACC selection (2005-08) . . . Had 12 career victories, including 37 top-10 finishes . . . Did not finish outside the top 10 in a college event until senior season . . . Finished No. 1 in Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings after freshman, sophomore and junior seasons . . . Won 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur and finished runner-up at ’07 Amateur . . . Only player to win Nancy Lopez Award three times and Dinah Shore award twice . . . two-time Honda Award winner . . . Two-time U.S. Curtis Cup member.
No. 3 Stacy Lewis
School: Arkansas (2003-08)
Coach: Kelly Hester (2003-07), Shauna Estes-Taylor (2007-08)
Noteworthy: Three-time first-team All-American (2005-08) . . . Four-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection . . . Won 13 college events, including six during senior season . . . Won 2007 NCAA Women’s Championship and 2005 and ’08 SEC Championship . . . Named 2008 SEC Player of the Year and Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year . . . Won 2007 Dinah Shore Award . . . Posted 72.00 scoring average senior season and 33 career top-10 finishes in 48 events.
No. 4 Stacy Prammanasudh
School: Tulsa (1998-2002)
Coach: Dale McNamara (1998-1999), Melissa McNamara (Luellen) (2000-02)
Noteworthy: Four-time first-team All-American (1999-2002) . . . Won 10 college events, including 2001, ’02 WAC Championship and 2002 NCAA Central Regional . . . Ten tournament titles is just one shy of Nancy Lopez’s school record . . . Three-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year . . . Four-time All-WAC selection . . . Academic All-American (2000-2002) . . . Placed in top 10 in 33 of her 44 career events.
No. 5 Liz Janangelo
School: Duke (2002-06)
Coach: Dan Brooks
Noteworthy: Four-time first-team All-American (2003-06) . . . 2004 Golfweek Player of the Year, NGCA National Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year . . . Finished No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in 2003-04 . . . Won seven college events . . . Set 18-hole NCAA record with a 9-under 62 at 2005 ACC/SEC Challenge . . . Set a 54-hole school record with 11-under 202 at Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate . . . 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year . . . Four-time All-ACC selection . . . Ranks first in Duke record books with 30 top-10 finishes and 55 rounds at even par or better . . . Member of winning 2004 U.S. Curtis Cup team.
No. 6 Jenna Daniels
School: Arizona (1996-2000)
Coaches: Todd McCorkle, Rick LaRose
Noteworthy: Three-time All-American (1998-2000) . . . 2000 NCAA Player of the Year . . . Had six career victories, including 2000 NCAA Women’s Championship, 1999 NCAA West Regional and 1998 Pac-10 Championship . . . Finished No. 1 in Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in 1999-2000 and posted a 105-16-6 record vs top 25 players in the country . . . Recorded the lowest scoring average in NCAA history (71.70), which was broken by Lorena Ochoa in 2002 . . . Honda Award recipient (2000).
No. 7 Virada Nirapathpongporn
School: Duke (2000-04)
Coach: Dan Brooks
Noteworthy: Four-time first-team All-American . . . Four-time All-ACC selection . . . Three-time NGCA Academic All-American . . . Had four career victories, including 2002 NCAA Women’s Championship, 2001 ACC Championship and NCAA East Regional . . . Won 2004 Nancy Lopez Award . . . Won 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur and finished runner-up at 2003 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links . . . Had 27 top-10 finishes . . . Shares school record for 18-hole score (65) and set 72-hole mark (279) . . . Posted 72.53 scoring average in 2003-04.
No. 8 Maria Hernandez
School: Purdue (2005-09)
Coach: Devon Brouse
Noteworthy: Three-time first-team All-American (2007-09) . . . 2009 NCGA Player of the Year . . . Had 14 career victories, including six during senior season in which she also won 2009 NCAA Women’s Championship . . . Two-time winner of Big Ten Championship (2008, ’09) . . . Three-time winner of Big Ten Player of the Year . . . Led Big Ten in scoring average three years in a row (2007-09) . . . Set school record for 54-hole score (208) in 2008 . . . Had 49 rounds at even par or better. . . Posted 71.9 stroke average junior season . . . Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
No. 9 Azahara Munoz
School: Arizona State (2005-09)
Coach: Melissa Luellen
Noteworthy: Two-time first-team All-American (2008-09) . . . Two-time second-team All-American (2006-07) . . . Won 2008 NCAA Women’s Championship . . . Member of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Championship team . . . Won 2009 Ladies British Amateur . . . Finished runner-up at 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur . . . Two-time winner of Edith Cummings Munson Award . . . 2009 Pac-10 Scholar of the Year . . . Posted 31 top-10 finishes and career scoring average of 72.74.
No. 10: Katherine Hull
School: Pepperdine (1999-2003)
Coach: Laurie Gibbs
Noteworthy: NGCA Player of the Year (2003) . . . Won the 2003 Dinah Shore Award . . . Two-time first-team All-American (2002-03) . . . Second-team All-American (2001) . . . Four-time All-West Coast Conference selection . . . Had eight career victories . . . Set Pepperdine single-season scoring average record with 72.19 in 2001-02 . . . Set 18- and 54-hole NCAA records at 2003 San Jose State Spartan Invitational with first-round 63 and tournament total of 200 (current Pepperdine player Lisa McCloskey broke Hull’s record by shooting 199 at 2008 Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown).