Just one event remains for the best women’s college players to make an impression on Annika Award voters.
The winner of the Annika Award – voted on by college golf coaches, players and media – will be announced June 7 on Golf Channel. There is even more incentive for the winner of this year’s award, who will receive an exemption into the Evian Championship, the LPGA’s fifth major.
Here are some of the leading contenders:
Bronte Law, junior, UCLA
Top-10s: 7 (9 starts)
Scoring average: 70.70
Skinny: Significant favorite for the award, especially after winning regionals. Peaking at the right time of year, going 2-1-2-1 in her last four starts.
Katelyn Dambaugh, junior, South Carolina
Top-10s: 8 (10 starts)
Scoring average: 71.89
Skinny: She finally broke through with an impressive performance at regionals, but she also has three runners-up this season, including at SECs.
Leona Maguire, sophomore, Duke
Top-10s: 6 (8 starts)
Scoring average: 72.21
Skinny: It’s been a relatively quiet year for the 2015 NCAA player of the year, who has played in only eight events and won just once – back in October. Hasn’t shot in the 60s since February.
Bailey Tardy, freshman, Georgia
Top-10s: 8 (11 starts)
Scoring average: 71.90
Skinny: The nation’s top freshman. Shared medalist honors at regionals and hasn’t finished worse than 23rd in her first season with the Bulldogs.