April 24, 2014
FRISCO, Texas -
Lamar's Wenny Chang has been named Southland Conference Freshman Golfer of the Year, and head coach Brian White has been named SLC Coach of the Year announced league officials Thursday morning. In addition to the superlative awards, four Lady Cardinals were named to the 2014 All-Southland teams including two first-team selections. Chang and sophomore Taylor Stockton garnered first-team attention, while junior Nghi Ngo and freshman Bertille DuPont received second-team honors.
"I couldn't be more excited for Wenny," said White. "To come in as a freshman and have the impact in the conference that she did was phenomenal. She worked hard all season. We are really excited about her future here at Lamar.
"I was very pleased to see our young ladies get honored by the conference. It proves to them that all of their hard work pays off. To make it even more special, all of them will be returning next year. We can't be satisfied with this honor because there is still more golf to be played."
A two-time conference golfer of the month, Chang was simply dominant during her rookie season. The Hsinchu, Taiwan native, led the league with a 74.9 stroke average entering the championship tournament. Chang posted eight top-10 finishes, including an individual title at the Harold Funston Invitational in September.
Stockton joined Chang on the first team. One of three Lamar student-athletes to receive conference golfer of the month honors this season, Stockton finished the year with the team's second-lowest stroke average. She posted five top-10 finishes on the season, including one at the SLC Championships, and two top-five places. She ended the season with four rounds of par, or better, golf.
Stockton recorded one of the bigger highlights of the season when she notched a hole-in-one during the Cowgirl Classic. Her ace from 128-yards out made her the first female golfer to record a hole-in-one on the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club course during a tournament.
Ngo and Dupont earned second-team selections after very strong seasons. A consistent player all season, Ngo recorded five top-10 finishes on the season, including a seventh-place mark at the Southland Championships.
DuPont garnered second-team recognition following a rookie season that saw her record a 76.4 stroke average. Only getting stronger as the season went on, DuPont carded five top-10 finishes, which included a top-five spot at the Fred Marx Invitational. She was also named the Southland Golfer of the Month in April.
The season isn't over for the Lady Cardinals. They will find out their NCAA Regional fate Monday, April 28th when the NCAA Women's Golf Regions are announced. The NCAA Women's Golf Regional Selection Show will be aired on the Golf Channel at 5 p.m.