What an exciting week of golf! We’re just back from the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Despite the weather, we were able to watch some compelling golf and continue collecting votes for this year’s ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M. We even had a visit from the Claret Jug, one of the most historic trophies in golf.
Individual stroke play finished up Monday with quite an ending. Two of the top-three finishers were ANNIKA Foundation alumnae. They include Arizona State’s Monica Vaughn, who captured the individual title. She played in the ANNIKA Invitational USA in 2011 and 2012, and also competed in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M in 2014 and 2016. Vaughn has had quite the season with four top-3 finishes in her last five starts, including a victory at NCAA Regionals.
Jennifer Kupcho from Wake Forest and Duke’s Leona Maguire tied for second. Kupcho had been leading for the much of the weekend. She was the only player from Wake Forest to participate, as her team did not qualify for the NCAA Finals. It was a close race until the 17th hole when Kupcho put her second shot into the water and made triple bogey. This put her one behind Vaughn, where she finished. Kupcho has had an impeccable season and was ranked third on the most recent ANNIKA Award Watchlist.
Maguire, winner of the 2015 ANNIKA Award and, like Vaughn, an ANNIKA Foundation alumna, had quite the round on Monday to make a major comeback and finish tied for second. Maguire improved her scores each round, following a 77 on Friday with a 71 and final-round, 2-under-par 70. She has been ranked No. 1 on the ANNIKA Award Watchlist for the last two weeks.
Other players included in the most recent ANNIKA Award Watchlist are Lilia Vu, Andrea Lee and Cheyenne Knight. All are participating in the NCAA Finals except for Vu, as UCLA didn’t qualify for this portion of the event. Knight, who plays for Alabama, tied for 10th with a final score of 7-over. Unfortunately, Alabama also did not make it to the match play tournament.. However, Stanford’s Andrea Lee, who finished T-6 on Monday, will be headed to the finals with her team. Good luck to all the competitors!
On a final note, today is the final day to vote for this year’s ANNIKA Award presented by 3M. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Central. Click here to cast your vote!