Golfweek’s preseason top 10 individuals: Women

Marta Silva Zamora hits a shot at the NCAA Women's Championship.

Marta Silva Zamora hits a shot at the NCAA Women's Championship.

Women's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Alison LeeUCLA  69.59 
2Annie ParkUSC  69.73 
3Yu LiuDuke  69.81 
4Stephanie MeadowAlabama  70.00 
5Gaby LopezArkansas  70.01 

Women's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Southern California 70.32 
2UCLA 70.60 
3Duke 70.79 
4Stanford 71.49  10 
5Arkansas 71.52 

Golfweek's Top 10 Women's Individuals

1.) Marta Silva Zamora

Georgia, senior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 1

Silva Zamora swept the postseason awards on the strength of her 71.51 scoring average, the nation’s lowest. Although she won only one tournament – Georgia’s Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic – Silva Zamora finished outside the top 10 only once thanks to great ballstriking. She hit 81.7 percent of fairways on the season and 78.6 percent of greens. The Spaniard won Golfweek and NGCA Player of the Year honors, as well as the Honda Sports Award for golf. She paced the Bulldogs in every event but one, the Kinderlou Forest Challenge, where she withdrew because of illness. Georgia coach Kelley Hester said Silva Zamora has a simple, refreshing approach to the game. After a poor round, she’s likely to say: “Today I did not have it. Tomorrow will be better.”

Silva Zamora said: “If I do what I did last year, I wouldn’t complain. . . . I just told myself just to have fun on the golf course.”

2.) Sophia Popov

USC, sophomore

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 3

Emotionally charged, intense German won three times as a freshman, including the Pac-10 Championship in a playoff. Made the cut at the Women’s British Open.

3.) Stephanie Meadow

Alabama, sophomore

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 6

Came alive in the spring semester, winning three times. Led ’Bama with a 72.15 stroke average. Oh, and she’s from Northern Ireland, a country that’s quite hot in golf right now.

4.) Lisa McCloskey

USC, senior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 5

Missed the 2011 postseason because of a rib injury. Didn’t win last year, but was consistent and can go low, including a 64 last season.

5.) Erica Popson

Tennessee, junior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 4

Victorious in four tournaments last season, including the SEC Championship and NCAA West Regional. Lost one more in a playoff.

6.) Brooke Pancake

Alabama, senior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 8

Alabama’s reliable leader, “Cakes” advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. As solid in the classroom as she is on the course, she never has made less than an A.

7.) Lindy Duncan

Duke, junior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 9

Advanced to NCAA Championship as an individual and tied for eighth. Led Duke with nine top 10s. Named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.

8.) Stephanie Kono

UCLA, senior

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 11

A reserved player, Kono has compiled a stroke average during the past three years that hardly has wavered: 72.2, 72.0, 72.8. Advanced to quarters of U.S. Women’s Amateur and Women’s Public Links.

9.) Emily Tubert

Arkansas, sophomore

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 12

At nearly 6 feet tall, the affable Tubert makes a big impression. The 2010 Women’s Amateur Public Links champ hits a long ball and posted a school- and NCAA-record 63 in Vegas. She won three times.

10.) Austin Ernst

LSU, sophomore

2010-11 Golfweek rank: 20

Still riding high off her NCAA Championship victory, a confident Ernst advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Solid ballstriker who has worked hard to develop a short game to match.

• • •

Second team

Marina Alex, senior, Vanderbilt

Brittany Altomare, junior, Virginia

Amy Anderson, junior, North Dakota State

Laura Gonzalez, junior, Purdue

Erynne Lee, freshman, UCLA

Joanne Lee, senior, California

Lee Lopez, senior, UCLA

Tiffany Lua, junior, UCLA

Caroline Powers, junior, Michigan State

Cheyenne Woods, senior, Wake Forest

Third team

Isabelle Boineau, senior, Arizona

Emilie Burger, junior, Georgia

Doris Chen, freshman, USC

Brianna Do, senior, UCLA

Kayla Mortellaro, senior, Idaho

Grace Na, sophomore, Pepperdine

Catherine O’Donnell, senior, North Carolina

Mia Piccio, junior, Florida

Margarita Ramos, Arizona, senior

Michelle Shin, junior, Wake Forest

• • •

Golfweek's Top 10 College Freshman to watch

1.) Erynne Lee, Silverdale, Wash., UCLA

2.) Kendall Prince, Lake Oswego, Ore., Ohio State

3.) Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla., USC

4.) Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif., USC

5.) Kyle Roig, Pembroke Pines, Fla., UCLA

6.) Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif., Harvard

7.) Kendall Martindale, Jefferson City, Tenn., Vanderbilt

8.) Aurora Kan, Boothwyn, Pa., Purdue

9.) Irene Jung, Jacksonville, Fla., Duke

10.) Alexandra Bonnetti, France, TCU

Other frosh to watch: Marissa Dodd, Wake Forest; Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane; Camilla Hedberg, Florida; Cali Hipp, Oregon; Daniela Lendl, Alabama; Ally McDonald, Mississippi State; A.J. Newell, Tennessee; Ri Hyang Park, Miami; Monifa Sealy, UCF; Mariko Tumangan, Stanford

– Julie Williams

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