Vandermade earns All-Big 12 Team recognition
May 3, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- Texas Women’s Golf senior Nicole Vandermade has been named to the 2012 All-Big 12 Team, the league announced Thursday.
Vandermade led the Longhorns at last weekend’s Big 12 Championship with a team-best sixth-place finish at 14-over 224 (81-69-74). She was one of just two players to card a below-par round throughout the 54-hole championship with her 1-under 69 in the second round. Throughout the season, Vandermade also led Texas with a 74.13 scoring average en route to her first individual victory at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational and four additional top-10 finishes.
The league honor marks the second of Vandermade’s collegiate career, as she was previously named to the 2009 All-Big 12 Team as a freshman.
Oklahoma State’s Kelsey Vines became the second student-athlete in league history to earn both the Player and Newcomer of the Year awards. Former Cowgirl Caroline Hedwall is the only other female golfer to earn both honors. Oklahoma’s Veronique Drouin-Luttrell won Big 12 Coach of the Year in a vote by the league's head coaches.
The team was identified using the top 10 highest-ranked golfers according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings following the Big 12 Championship. The Player and Newcomer of the Year awards are automatically selected as the highest ranked individuals from the same rankings.
Vandermade and the Longhorns will return to action at the NCAA East Regional Championship in State College, Pa., on May 10-12.
2012 All-Big 12 Team