Cordes Captures Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete Honors; Ashley Top Coach; Graves Top Freshman
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Coastal Carolinas Line Cordes and head coach Brian Ashley were named Big South Womens Golf Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the Leagues head coaches and sports information directors, it was announced Sunday evening at the Leagues annual Championship banquet, held at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor in Ninety Six, S.C. In addition, CCUs Rachel Graves was selected as Freshman of the Year, while Cordes also garnered Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades, marking the first time in Big South history that one member institution claimed the four Womens Golf awards in a single season.
Cordes recorded a League-best 74.52 scoring average in 27 rounds during the regular-season and posted a Conference-high seven top-10 finishes out of nine events in 2004-05. Four of those finishes were in the top-5, including second at the Unlimited Potential/Bay Tree Classic and fourth at the Lady Herd/El Diablo Invitational. Cordes, ranked No. 52 by GolfStat, earned Big South Golfer of the Week honors March 17 following her top-5 finish at the Waterlefe/USF Invitational.
Ashley, in his fifth year directing CCU, claimed his first Coach of the Year honor after leading the Lady Chanticleers to the No. 1 seed in this weeks PUPS Big South Golf Championship and seven top-5 finishes this season. Coastal Carolina, which averaged a League-best 302.33 per round stroke average, won the team title at the Lady Herd/El Diablo Invitational and recorded three second-place finishes this year as well.
Graves boasted the top scoring average by a Big South freshman and ninth overall in the League, carding a 77.89 in all 27 rounds CCU played. Her round of 69 at the Taco Bell Intercollegiate tied with three others as the lowest round by a Big South golfer this year.
The Big South also announced six of its All-Conference honorees at the banquet, which serves as the kickoff for the 2005 PUPS Big South Womens Golf Championship. These selections are based on regular-season play and feature Cordes and teammates Natalie Cruse and Lindsey Letzig, High Points Kate OSullivan and Birmingham-Southern teammates Shelley McGraw and Lauren Dodge. The remaining All-Conference members will consist of the top five finishers (and any additional ties) in the Championship that were not among those announced at the banquet.
Joining Cordes on the All-Academic Team were Birmingham-Southerns Jill Stupiansky, Bucknells Jaime Hays, Charleston Southerns Morgan Fuqua, High Points Anni Svensson, Radfords Dana Doganes and Winthrops Shannon Hopkins.
The first round of the 2005 PUPS Big South Womens Golf Championship begins Monday morning at 8:00am ET. Second round action will begin Tuesday morning at 8:30am, while final round competition is slated for Wednesday morning at 8:30am ET. The womens champion will receive an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals.
2005 Big South Conference Womens Golf Award Winners
All-Conference Line Cordes, Sr., Coastal Carolina Natalie Cruse, Sr., Coastal Carolina Lindsey Letzig, Jr., Coastal Carolina Kate OSullivan, Soph., High Point Shelley McGraw, Jr., Birmingham-Southern Lauren Dodge, Soph., Birmingham-Southern
Academic All-Conference Jill Stupiansky, Soph., Birmingham-Southern Jaime Hays, Sr., Bucknell Morgan Fuqua, Soph., Charleston Southern Line Cordes, Sr., Coastal Carolina Anni Svensson, Jr., High Point Dana Doganes, Jr., Radford Shannon Hopkins, Jr., Winthrop
Player of the Year Line Cordes, Coastal Carolina
Coach of the Year Brian Ashley, Coastal Carolina
Freshman of the Year Rachel Graves, Coastal Carolina
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Line Cordes, Coastal Caroli