The 2017-18 Division I ladies’s school golf season is in full tilt, and there’s already loads of early shake-up within the race for the ANNIKA Award.
The ANNIKA Award Introduced by 3M honors the participant of the yr in ladies’s school golf, as chosen by school golfers, coaches and members of the golf media.
After opening his preliminary rankings two weeks in the past, Kevin Casey has an up to date early listing of ANNIKA contenders. A reminder: We’re altering up from final yr’s opening lists in that we’re actually specializing in the early outcomes relatively than letting final season play an enormous position, too, initially. With that caveat, meaning some early-season shuffling is inevitable. Leona Maguire is a main instance. The reigning ANNIKA winner goes from No. 1 final week to out of the highest 5 totally … after a prime-10 end (a T-9 on the Windy Metropolis Collegiate Basic), no much less! That’s the cutthroat nature of the early fall model of this listing. To reassure, a lot of the season stays: The likes of Maguire can bounce again and nonetheless have loads of time to race as much as No. 1.
With out additional ado, the second ANNIKA rankings for 2017-18:
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Word: Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings are up to date via Oct. 12
1. Maria Fassi
Golfweek/Sagarin Rating: 1
Outcomes: WIN, ANNIKA Intercollegiate Introduced by 3M; WIN, Mason Rudolph Championship
The excitement: Fassi was going to wish to construct a robust season after a gap win higher than she had in her first two years to be an ANNIKA contender. How’d she do her third time round? In a single occasion, she’s tacked on one other victory.
Sure, Fassi captured the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Introduced by 3M for the second straight yr. This time it was a 5-shot triumph courtesy of a closing 6-beneath sixty six. Again-to-again wins (the Mason Rudolph triumph being co-medalist) towards spectacular fields to start out the season merely can’t be beat. Loads of season left, however Fassi is already off to a much better comply with-as much as a gap win than the earlier two campaigns.
2. Andrea Lee
Golfweek/Sagarin Rating: 5
Outcomes: WIN, Department Regulation Agency/Dick McGuire Invitational; T-three, ANNIKA Intercollegiate Introduced by 3M
The excitement: The 2016-17 Freshman of the Yr has misplaced to 2 gamers complete in two begins. She’s choosing up proper the place she left off from a season through which she was an ANNIKA contender to the top.
three. Lauren Stephenson
Golfweek/Sagarin Rating: 2
Outcomes: WIN, Mason Rudolph Championship; 2, Schooner Fall Basic
The excitement: Stephenson hasn’t performed because the opening rankings, however that shouldn’t alter her place right here and it doesn’t. Her win-second begin speaks for itself. She has misplaced to at least one participant (her personal teammate, Kristen Gillman) in these two begins. Stephenson resumes motion Friday on the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational.
four. Sophia Schubert
Golfweek/Sagarin Rating: three
Outcomes: WIN, Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational; T-7, ANNIKA Intercollegiate Introduced by 3M
The excitement: The reigning U.S. Ladies’s Novice champion missed Texas’ first two occasions, however with good purpose. Schubert earned a spot into the Evian Championship by way of her Am win and took benefit: she opened in sixty eight on her strategy to a powerful T-fifty eight end. She returned to school golf this month and didn’t skip a beat, utilizing a second-spherical sixty seven to publish a powerful T-7 on the ANNIKA. She adopted with a 4-shot win at Texas’ Betsy Rawls house occasion. A late begin however definitely a robust one for the senior.
5. Alana Uriell
Golfweek/Sagarin Rating: 6
Outcomes: three, Mason Rudolph Championship; T-three, ANNIKA Intercollegiate Introduced by 3M
The excitement: Arkansas’ chief in scoring common final season might have a troublesome time repeating that feat this season if Fassi retains on her tear. However in that state of affairs, Uriell should do sufficient to be on the ANNIKA listing with out being her staff’s greatest participant. She is certainly on this listing in the intervening time because of again-to-again prime 3s towards robust fields.
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- Patty Tavatanakit, Fr., UCLA
- Kristen Gillman, So., Alabama
- Linnea Strom, Jr., Arizona State
- Leona Maguire, Sr., Duke
- Maddie McCrary, Sr., Oklahoma State