April 14, 2010
NINETY-SIX, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University women's golf team took home the top three annual Big South Conference awards, announced today (April 14) at the conclusion of the 2010 Big South Conference Championship presented by Musco Lighting. Senior Aruka Felgueroso was named the Big South Golfer of the Year, Jessica Alexander was the conference's Freshman of the Year and Head Coach Katie Quinney picked up the Big South Coach of the Year award.
Felgueroso became just the second three-time Golfer of the Year in Big South history, as well as becoming a four-time All-Big South selection, only the seventh player to ever earn that honor. She has a League-best 73.37 stroke average and is the Big South’s highest-ranked golfer at No. 64 nationally by Golfweek. She posted eight Top 10 finishes in 10 events this season, and owns the Conference’s top three scoring rounds of the 2009-10 campaign. She was also named Big South Women's Golfer of the Week five times, more than any other player in the league, as well as earning GolfWorld's National Player of the Week honor on March 15. Felgueroso earned two individual wins at the CSU Wendy's Invitational and Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate, including setting single round record with 66 in final round at Wendy’s Invite, leading Coastal to the team title. She is Coastal's record holder for single round, single tournament (36 and 54 holes), single season and career scoring averages.
A unanimous selection as Freshman of the Year, Alexander is the Big South’s highest-ranked freshman at No. 186 nationally and is third in the Big South with a 75.63 stroke average, playing in all 10 events and 27 rounds. She has posted four top-10 and six top-20 finishes on the year. Her best was a third-place finish at the CSU Wendy's Invitational, where she helped the Chanticleers earn the team title. Two of her top 10s have come in the spring, including at tie for eighth at the UCF Challenge. She earned her first Big South Golfer of the Week honor on Oct. 1 after tying for third at the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Inivtational in her second collegiate event.
Quinney picked up her first Coach of the Year award in her first full year at the helm of the Chanticleers. She led Coastal to the top ranking in the league, according to Golfweek, as well as the runner-up spot at the 2010 Big South Conference Championships as presented by Musco Lighting. After joining the Chants in January 2009, she led the squad to the Big South Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Regionals, where they finished 13th.