Top 10 women’s players of past 10 years
Sunday, January 23, 2011
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.
Debate: Who’s on your top 10 list?
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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).