2012 Golfweek All-Americans: College women

Duke's Lindy Duncan

Women's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Alison LeeUCLA  69.96 
2Stephanie MeadowAlabama  70.17 
3Gaby LopezArkansas  70.29 
4Noemi JimenezArizona St  70.31 
5Celine BoutierDuke  70.40 

Women's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Southern California 70.64  13 
2UCLA 70.83  12 
3Duke 70.89  11 
4Stanford 71.74  13 
5Arizona State 71.75  12 

Lindy Duncan never has been quite so consistent. Despite that, the Duke junior closed a year during which she won four individual titles with this statement: “I’m still trying to get better, because there is a lot of room to improve.”

Duncan finished the 2011-12 season atop the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings to earn

Golfweek’s Player of the Year honor. In a season that was about more than just winning, she finished inside the top 10 in all 10 starts, and posted 21 rounds at even par or better. That resulted in a season scoring average of 71.07, second-best in Duke history, behind current LPGA player Amanda Blumenherst.

“Player of the Year is a big deal because I try to be a very consistent player, and this year was my most consistent I’ve ever had in the college events,” said Duncan, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “That’s been huge.”

It also was a breakout season for Alabama’s Mic Potter, Golfweek’s Coach of the Year. The 29-year coaching veteran closed his seventh year at Alabama with his – and the program’s – first national title. Along with maiden Southeastern Conference (2010) and NCAA regional (2011) titles, it completes a triple crown for the Crimson Tide.

Potter, who arrived at Alabama after more than two decades at Furman, led his team to three regular-season victories. The Tide controlled the NCAA Championship for much of the week, but the title ultimately came down to the last player on the last hole.

At the final hole, ’Bama senior Brooke Pancake stood over a lengthy birdie putt, needing a par to seal the victory. It must have given Potter some comfort to hear her say simply, “I got this.”

With the championship safely in Alabama’s hands, Potter delivered this line: “From 4 feet, right to left, there is no one I’d rather have (putting).”

For Pancake’s part, there’s no coach for whom she’d rather deliver a national title. It was long overdue for Potter.

“This means so much to Mic. I can’t even explain it,” Pancake said. “He is an amazing coach.”

• • •

First team

  • Lindy Duncan, jr., Duke
  • Emily Tubert, so., Arkansas
  • Marina Alex, sr., Vanderbilt
  • Giulia Molinaro, sr., Arizona State
  • Brooke Pancake, sr., Alabama
  • Erynne Lee, fr., UCLA*
  • Lisa McCloskey, sr., USC
  • Jennifer Kirby, jr., Alabama
  • Cassy Isagawa, fr., Oregon*
  • Stephanie Meadow, so., Alabama

• • •

Second team

  • Katie Burnett, sr., South Carolina
  • Doris Chen, fr., USC*
  • Tiffany Lua, jr., UCLA
  • Lee Lopez, jr., UCLA
  • Laura Gonzalez, jr., Purdue
  • Manon Gidali, fr., Arizona*
  • Marta Silva Zamora, sr., Georgia
  • Sophia Popov, so., USCww
  • Emilie Burger, jr., Georgia
  • Austin Ernst, so., LSU

• • •

Third team

  • Lauren Stratton, jr., Vanderbilt
  • Erica Popson, jr., Tennessee
  • Paula Reto, jr., Purdue
  • Camilla Hedberg, fr., Florida*
  • Daniela Holmqvist, sr., California
  • Maria Salinas, sr., Florida State
  • Madelene Sagstrom, fr., LSU
  • Brittany Altomare, jr., Virginia
  • Tessa Teachman, sr., LSU
  • Chirapat Jao-Javanil, so., Oklahoma

• • •

Honorable Mention

  • Katerina Ruzickova, so., Texas AM
  • Caroline Powers, jr., Michigan State
  • Kelsey Vines, jr., Oklahoma State
  • Kristina Merkle, jr., Tulsa
  • Alex Stewart, so., Colorado
  • Catherine O’Donnell, sr., North Carolina
  • Gabriella Dominguez, jr., Texas Tech
  • Victoria Trapani, fr., Auburn
  • Hayley Davis, fr., Baylor
  • Ani Gulugian, so., UCLA
  • Joanne Lee, so., California
  • Casey Grice, so., North Carolina
  • Marta Sanz, so., Auburn
  • Cheyenne Woods, sr., Wake Forest
  • Justine Lee, so., Arizona State
  • Emily Talley, sr., Colorado
  • Grace Na, so., Pepperdine
  • Kimberly Kaufman, jr., Texas Tech
  • SooBin Kim, fr., Washington
  • Sally Watson, jr., Stanford

* – all-freshman team

Note: Teams determined by players’ order in Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings

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