Annie Park & Lizette Salas Named to Pac-12 Women's Golf All-Century Team|
May 3, 2016
USC NCAA individual champion Annie Park and four-time All-American Lizette Salas – who both played on Trojan teams that won NCAA crowns -- were selected to the Pac-12’s Women’s Golf All-Century team the Pac-12 announced Monday night.
The 12-member Women’s Golf All-Century Teams was voted on by a panel of 30 consisting of coaches, players, administrators and members of the media. Each member of the chosen based on their collegiate careers in the Conference.
Arizona State led all schools with four selections, followed by Arizona (3), UCLA (2), USC (2) and Stanford with one. Members of the team represent five different decades and countries, with seven AP Female Athlete of the Year Award winners, 12 LPGA Player of the Year Award winners, and 200 LPGA Tournaments won.
Park was a 3-time All-American and three-time Pac-12 all-first teamer for the Trojans, leading USC to the 2013 NCAA title as a freshman in one of the best seasons in NCAA history. Park finished her three-year Trojan career as USC’s career leader in tournament wins (six) and wins in a season (four) and was tied for second in rounds in the 60s (22) and rounds in the 60s in one season (10). She also owns USC's top two season stroke averages of 71.36 (2013) and 71.50 (2014). Her USC career low round 64 was tied for second-best in program history. Park had as dominant of a debut as possible in collegiate golf as a 2013 freshman, leading top-ranked USC to its third NCAA team title while winning 4 individual events en route to 2013 WGCA National and Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Year honors as well as the prestigious Honda Sports Award. Park capped her incredible freshman season by winning the 2013 NCAA Women's Golf individual title by six strokes with a 10-under 278 (70-67-70-71). The win was her fourth of the season (tying a USC season record) and followed titles at the NCAA West Regional and the Pac-12 Championships, making her just the second NCAA woman to sweep conference, regional and NCAA titles in the same season. Park earned her LPGA Tour card in her first attempt and is currently on the tour.
Salas, a key part of USC’s 2008 NCAA title team, is the only two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year (2009 and 2011). Now established as one of the top women on the LPGA Tour (she has already topped $2.2 million in career earnings), she became USC’s second four-time All-American as a 2011 senior, earning first-team honors for the second time. Also in 2011, she was a Honda Sports Award finalist, was named Pac-10 Player of the Year for the second time and All-Pac-10 first team for the third time. She led USC in stroke average as a senior (71.87), had seven top 7 finishes and was ranked as high as No. 2. Her 14 career rounds in the 60s were the second-most ever in school history when she finished. As a 2010 junior, she earned All-American second team honors and her second straight All-Pac-10 first team notice after posting five top 10 finishes, including a win at the Turtle Bay Invitational. As a 2009 sophomore, she earned All-American first team, Pac-10 Player of the Year and Honda Sports Award finalist honors after posting two wins and eight top 10 finishes. Her 71.82 stroke average that season is third-best ever at USC. In 2008, Salas helped USC win its second NCAA team title as a freshman, earning All-American second team honors and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year distinction. She earned her LPGA card by winning a nine-woman playoff on the final day of the 2011 LPGA qualifying tournament.
Arizona’s Annika Sörenstam (1991-92) was named the Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Century. She was the first freshman to ever win the NCAA Division I Championship in 1991, and was named the NCAA Co-Player of the Year that same year. Sörenstam led the Wildcats to 14 team championships, and won seven collegiate titles. The winner of 90 international tournaments (most wins to her name all-time), she has also won 72 LPGA tournaments, including 10 majors. Sörenstam was a 2003 inductee to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Linda Vollstedt of Arizona State (1980-2001) nabbed the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Coach of the Century honors. Arizona State women’s golf captured its sixth NCAA championship title in 1998, and its fifth in six years. Under Vollstedt’s direction, the Sun Devils own twice as many NCAA championships (6) as any other women’s golf program in the nation. She led them to 10 straight trips to the NCAA Championships, the third longest streak in the nation, and top-10 national finishes in 11 of her last 15 years. In fact, the Arizona State alum coached the Sun Devils to first- or second-place finishes in 57 of her last 99 tournaments, dating back more than seven years. Most recently, she was named one of Golf World Magazine's Top 10 College Coaches of the 20th century (4th on the list). Vollstedt claimed consensus national coaching honors in 1993 and 1994, and was named the 1989 National and Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
See below for the complete teams:
Pac-12 Women’s Golf All-Century Team
COACH OF THE CENTURY
GOLFER OF THE CENTURY