April 22, 2013
BEAUMONT - After guiding Lamar University to its fourth Southland Conference title in women's golf last week, senior Julie Aime and sophomore Nghi Ngowere named First-Team All-Southland Conference as the league office handed out its year-end awards Monday.
In addition to landing two players on the first-team, Brian Whitewas tabbed the Southland Conference Coach of the Year for the second time. White, who has also won the honor three times on the men's side, last won the award in 2005. Not only did the Lady Cardinals win the conference tournament, but they picked up three other titles this year with White at the helm.
The Lady Cardinals will be making their first NCAA Regional appearance since 1995 after earning the Southland's automatic tournament bid. Lamar will learn of its regional destination on Apr. 29 when the sites and participating teams are announced at NCAA.com at 8 p.m. CT.
A native of Cannes, France, Aime was named second-team all-conference following the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Aime was second in the conference in scoring average at 74.91 strokes per round and finished in the top 10 in eight of Lamar's 11 tournaments this year.
Aime picked up her third career individual tournament title earlier this year when she won the ULM Fred Marx Invitational. Lamar's top finisher in six events, Aime tied for eighth place at this year's Southland Conference Tournament from Frisco Lakes Golf Club.
Ngo was named to the all-conference team for the first time in her career after averaging 75.50 strokes per round to rank fourth in the Southland. A native of Vietnam, Ngo picked up her first career title earlier this year when she won McNeese State's Le Triomphe Collegiate Invitational.
Like Aime, Ngo placed in the top 10 in eight of Lamar's 11 outings on the year. Ngo was the Lady Cards' top finisher three times on the year and tied for fifth at the conference tournament which included matching her season-low with a 72 in round 2.
Lamar's top finisher at the conference tournament was junior Katelyn McDougalwho was named honorable mention. McDougal placed fourth at the Southland Conference Tournament and heads to the NCAA Regional with a 77.66 scoring average.
A native of Richmond, McDougal also led the Lady Cardinals to a second place finish at the HBU Husky Invitational with a tie for fourth place.
Central Arkansas senior Julia Roth, who led the conference with a 74.00 scoring average, took home Golfer of the Year honors to headline the first-team. Sam Houston State's Shelby Hardy and McNeese State's Lina Lagergren, who was named Newcomer of the Year, were also named first-team all-conference.
Oral Roberts' Alejandra Acosta, who was named to the second-team, was selected as Freshman of the Year. Teammate Alheli Moreno, Vanessa Johnson of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, McKayla Anderson of McNeese State and Sam Houston's Nicole Budnik were all named second-team all-conference.
2012-13 All-Southland Conference Women's Golf Teams
Sam Houston State
San Saba, Texas
Hochiminh City, Vietnam
Sam Houston State
Corpus Christi, Texas
The Woodlands, Texas
Honorable Mention: Katelyn McDougal, Lamar; Nikki Dunn, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Paola Aviles, Oral Roberts; Malin Senneryd, Central Arkansas; Sarah Brown, Central Arkansas.
Golfer of the Year: Julia Roth, Central Arkansas
Freshman of the Year: Alejandra Acosta, Oral Roberts
Newcomer of the Year: Lina Lagergren, McNeese State
Coach of the Year: Brian White, Lamar