Women's Golf Team Named BCBSNC Blue Chip Performers
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women's golf team has been named this week's Blue Chip Performers sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The Blue Chip Performer is chosen weekly from all sports in season and runs throughout the 2012-13 UNCG Athletics season.
The Spartans finished the 2013 Southern Conference Championship with a third place showing and for the third time in program history the Spartans placed two golfers, sophomore Fanny Cnops (Gent, Belgium/K.A. Voskenslaan) and senior Courtney Taylor (Gastonia, N.C./Ashbrook), in the top five of the individual standings at the Moss Creek Golf Club on Hilton Head Island.
The Spartans placed third in the team standings with a 903 score (315-291-297), marking the 12th time in 16 years they have finished in the top three in SoCon Championship history. Their 903 score is 21 strokes higher than last year's total on the same course and is the second-lowest 54-hole score in program-history in the SoCon Championship, trailing only the 901 score set in 2000 (292-296-313). UNCG's second round score of 291 set the league record for lowest score at the championships with a 291, matching the College of Charleston's second round score in 2006.
Cnops finished just one shot out of the top spot with a 3-over par 219 in the 54-hole event after posting a 2-over par 74 Tuesday. She opened the day with a one-shot lead on the field after posting a SoCon Championship tying-record round of 4-under par 68 Monday. Cnops' 219 score is the second-lowest 54-hole score by a Spartan in SoCon Championship history, trailing only Jenny Gleason's 218 score in 2000.
Additionally, Cnops was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season. She is the sixth women's golfer in conference history to win the award multiple times and the first since Stefanie Kenoyer of Furman in 2009-10. She led the league in stroke average for the second straight year, posting a 73.09 clip over 23 rounds. She finished the year with four top five finishes, eight top 20 finishes and finished in the top 25 in all 10 events this season.
Taylor moved up to fifth place in the championships as she tallied the Spartans' top round of the day Tuesday with an even-par 72. She recorded 10 birdies in the 54-hole event and her fifth place finish matches her career-best finish at the championship with her freshman season. Her score of 222 marked the fourth-lowest 54-hole score by a Spartan in SoCon Championship history.
Cnops and Taylor mark the third time in program history that UNCG has placed two golfers in the top five of the SoCon Championships and the first time since 2002.
Freshman Sammie Buchanan (Bluffton, S.C./Bluffton) concluded a strong rookie campaign with her highest finish of the year, placing 11th overall. Buchanan fired a career-best 229 on the three-day event to finish 13-over par, besting her previous high by two strokes (231 – FSU Match Up). She opened the event with an 8-over par 80, before rebounding with strong back-to-back rounds of 2-over par 74 and 3-over par 75 to close out the tournament.
Sophomore Berglind Bjornsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland/Menntaskolinn I Reykjavik) continued her climb up the leaderboard as well finishing in a tie for 19th overall. Bjornsdottir posted a 17-over par 233 as she bounced back from an opening round 80 to notch scores of 77 and 76 in her final two rounds of the year.
Freshman Lily Crane (Jamestown, N.C./Ragsdale) rounded out the Spartans at the event as she finished 32nd overall with a 21-over par 237. Crane recorded consecutive scores of 80 in her first two rounds before finishing the year with a 5-over par 77.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Carolina Blue Chip Performer Weekly Winners
Sept. 4 – Hakan Ilhan, Men's Soccer
Sept. 10 – Katherine Santiago, Volleyball
Sept. 17 – Abraham Kemboi and Chelsea Sumney, Cross Country
Sept. 24 – Fanny Cnops, Women's Golf
Oct. 1 – Hakan Ilhan, Men's Soccer
Oct. 8 – Niltooli Wilkins, Women's Tennis
Oct. 15 - Jamie Simmons, Women's Soccer
Oct. 22 - Katherine Rodriguez, Women's Soccer
Oct. 29 - Paul Chelimo, Men's Cross Country
Nov. 5 - Kelvin McNeil, Men's Basketball
Nov. 12 - Paul Katam, Men's Cross Country
Nov. 19 – Ciara Morris, Women's Basketball
Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 3 - Trevis Simpson, Men's Basketball
Dec. 10 - Breonna Patterson, Women's Basketball
Dec. 17 - Lucy Mason, Women's Basketball
Dec. 23 - Lucy Mason, Women's Basketball
Dec. 31 - Holiday Break
Jan. 7 - Janae' Stevenson, Women's Basketball
Jan. 14 – Derrell Armstrong, Men's Basketball|
Jan. 21 – Paul Katam, Indoor Track & Field
Jan. 28 – Trevis Simpson, Men's Basketball
Feb. 4 - Randy Phillips, Men's Tennis
Feb. 11 - Lindsay Thomas, Softball
Feb. 18 - Raeanne Hanks, Softball
Feb. 25 – Nicholas Paulos, Men's Basketball
March 4 - Lindsay Thomas, Softball
March 11 - Cambric Moye, Baseball
March 18 - Raeanne Hanks, Softball
March 25 - Alex Whitehead, women's tennis
April 1 - Cambric Moye, Baseball
April 8 – Fanny Cnops, Women's Golf
April 15 - Tatiana Alcala, Softball
April 22 - Women's Golf
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