Annika Award Watch List: March 28, 2014

Alison Lee

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 

As the spring season progresses, Golfweek is monitoring the race for the inaugural Annika Award. An award update will be posted each Friday on Golfweek.com.

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With postseason approaching, here is a look at 10 notable players in women’s college golf:

FAVORITES

Annie Park, USC

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 1

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 6

Scoring average: 70.78

Best finish this season: Won (Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge)

Lately: A big opportunity for Park looms off the college golf circuit after getting selected to play the Kraft Nabisco Championship on a sponsor’s exemption. It was a well-deserved pick, and the lengthy Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif., will be a good test for her. As for college golf, Park kept pace at the San Diego State Farms Invitational last week with a T-11.

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Alison Lee, UCLA

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 3

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 2

Scoring average: 70.7

Best finish this season: Won (Betsy Rawls Invitational, Stanford Intercollegiate)

Lately: After an early-week charge at San Diego State, Lee fell six shots short of a third career victory. Regardless, a top-4 finish in a very deep field should sit well with her. Next up, like Park, Lee gets a second shot at the Kraft Nabisco (she also earned a spot through a one-day junior qualifier in 2012).

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Kyung Kim, USC

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 5

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 3

Scoring average: 71.38

Best finish this season: Won (Dale McNamara Fall Preview, Bruin/Wave Invitational)

Lately: It was not exactly a ho-hum week for Kim at San Diego State (she tied for 21st with a 6-over 222 total), but Kim could have legitimately contended for the title. Her story is one of improvement, which has been marked in her short time at USC.

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Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 6

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 12

Scoring average:

Best finish this season: Won (Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, UC Irvine Invitational)

Lately: An admiral bit of decision making had Mariah Stackhouse teeing it up March 27 at the LPGA’s Kia Classic immediately after finishing the San Diego State Farms Invitational the previous day (with a T-5 finish). Next week, she will forgo the Kraft Nabisco to play with her team at the Ping/Arizona State Invitational. Stackhouse displays that same maturity on the golf course in making decisions and choosing shots, which is rare for a 20-year-old.

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IN POSITION

Stephanie Meadow, Alabama

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 4

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 4

Scoring average: 70.94

Best finish this season: Won, The Landfall Tradition

Lately: Meadow, a senior, plays just one more regular-season tournament, the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, before the postseason begins. Always composed and very competitive, Alabama will look to her for one final spring. That could be good motivation.

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Yu Liu, Duke

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 2

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 1

Scoring average: 71.4

Best finish this season: Won, Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

Lately: Liu’s Darius Rucker Intercollegiate victory was overdue. Liu has put together a very strong freshman campaign and she continues to get stronger with more experience.

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Erynne Lee, UCLA

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 9

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 29

Scoring average: 71.7

Best finish this season: Won, Mason Rudolph Championship

Lately: Perhaps she got a boost of confidence from her recent Curtis Cup bid. Lee’s top-5 finish at San Diego State was her best since winning the first event of the season. Even if she hasn’t been winning, however, Lee is a steady force for the Bruins and has been one of the most consistently solid players in women’s college golf over the past three seasons.

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TO WATCH

Grace Na, Pepperdine

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 10

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 26

Scoring average: 71.67

Best finish this season: Won (Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge, Anenue Spring Break Classic)

Lately: Pepperdine’s tagline this season is “competing with purpose,” and Na embodies that. A smart, spunky player who can grind when she needs to. Her individual victory March 26 at the Anenue Spring Break Classic was the sixth of her career.

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Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 7

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 7

Scoring average: 71.4

Best finish this season: T-2, Dale McNamara Fall Preview

Lately: The only thing this spirited player is lacking this season is a big victory. The Sun Devils’ home event, which begins April 4, could be a great opportunity for Jimenez.

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Karen Chung, USC

Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 33

Golfstat head-to-head ranking: 40

Scoring average: 71.67

Best finish this season: Won, San Diego State Farms Invitational

Lately: Winning the San Diego State title was a breakout performance for Chung, a petite kid from the East Coast. Chung’s career ebbed and flowed as a junior, but her freshman season has been very strong. She began the season as an asset for USC on the bottom half of the lineup, but a victory is a big step for her own career.

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