Player of the Year will come down to Meadow, Park

Stephanie Meadow and Annie Park

Women's Rankings »

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 »

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

The Player of the Year race in college women’s golf will go down to the wire this season. The candidates: USC freshman Annie Park and Stephanie Meadow, a junior at Alabama. What’s most impressive about this showdown is that young Park has only been enrolled at USC since January. But in that time she has played in eight college tournaments and won three times. Meanwhile Meadow, a seven-time winner, is heating up at the right time.

The pair met once this season at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, where they tied for eighth. They’ll meet next at the NCAA Championship May 21-24 in Athens, Ga.

Their seasons by the numbers:

Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 1

Tournaments/Rounds: 8/21

Scoring average: 71.71

Rounds in the 60s: 4

Tournament victories: Bruin Wave Invitational, Pac-12 Championship, NCAA West Regional

Top 5s: 5

Top 10s: 6

Worst finish: 27th

Head-to-head vs. top 25: 28-21-7

Overall record: 564-54-9

Coach Andrea Gaston says: “Annie is unbelievable, just her consistency.”

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Stephanie Meadow, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland

Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: 2

Tournaments/Rounds: 10/29

Scoring average: 71.1

Rounds in the 60s: 10

Tournament victories: SEC Championship, NCAA East Regional

Top 5s: 6

Top 10s: 9

Worst finish: T-22

Head-to-head vs. top 25: 41-22-7

Overall record: 834-52-11

Coach Mic Potter says: “She’s by far a better ball-striker now than she was last year.”

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