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ANNIKA Award: Spring watch list for 2020-21 season

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Linn Grant, Arizona State

The COVID-19 pandemic rocked the 2020-21 college golf schedule, with some schools and conferences electing not to compete in the fall.

Play has largely returned across the nation this spring, and just like the weather outside, the race for the ANNIKA Award is starting to heat up. A handful of players have stood out as front-runners for the ANNIKA Award, which honors the player of the year in women’s college golf, as selected by college golfers, coaches and members of the college golf media.

The players are listed alphabetically. Players on the ANNIKA Award Watch List were selected by a panel of Golfweek and Golf Channel writers.

ANNIKA Award Watch List

The fifth-year senior has delivered steady leadership for the Trojans. She won her first spring start, the Lamkin San Diego Invitational, in San Diego and added another title at the Gold Rush, where she went 10 under for 54 holes. In four total spring starts, Corpuz hasn’t finished worse than fourth.

Allisen Corpuz

Allisen Corpuz (USC Athletics)

In her sophomore season as a Cowgirl, Fierro has yet to finish outside the top 8 in five starts. In a month-long stretch from October to early November, Fierro logged three consecutive finishes in the top 3 and played those three tournaments in 20 under.

Isabella Fierro, Oklahoma State

Isabella Fierro, Oklahoma State

Houston didn’t compete as a team in the fall, but Fredgaard led the Cougars in their spring debut by winning the UCF Challenge at 7 under. It was her first college victory. The player from Denmark backed that up a month later by winning Houston’s own ICON Invitational at Golf Club of Houston with an 11-under total.

Karen Fredgaard, Houston

Karen Fredgaard, a Houston sophomore, won the individual title at the UCF Challenge on Feb. 2. (Houston Athletics)

The Arizona State sophomore, currently No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, won the inaugural Sun Devil Winter Classic in February and the Bruin Wave Invitational in early March.

Linn Grant, Arizona State

Linn Grant, Arizona State (Arizona State Athletics)

Kaur won in her first two times out with the Bears in the fall, going 5 under to win the Schooner Fall Classic and 13 under to win the Betsy Rawls Invitational. Kaur logged subsequent finishes of T-13, T-23 and T-16, but most recently finished 15th in a loaded Gamecock Intercollegiate field.

Baylor's Gurleen Kaur

Baylor’s Gurleen Kaur

The Wake Forest sophomore was on a hot streak over the summer, winning two amateur golf titles, but Wake Forest didn’t compete in the fall. Kuehn won the Palmetto Intercollegiate, Wake Forest’s second start, and has a T-3 at the UCF Challenge to go along with that.

Wake Forest freshman Rachel Kuehn during the second round of the 2019 ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M. (Photo: Taylor Britton/ANNIKA Foundation)

The Swede was a finalist for the ANNIKA Award as a freshman, and has continued her solid play in her sophomore season at LSU. In six starts, Lindblad has never finished outside the top 9, and she has three top-3 finishes, including at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational and the Gamecock Intercollegiate, two deep fields.

Ingrid Lindblad, LSU

LSU freshman Ingrid Lindblad and coach Garrett Runion as the LSU women’s golf team competes at the 2019 Magnolia Invitational.
(Kelly Donoho)

After sitting out the fall season while she remained in her native Spain, Pelaez’s return has amounted to a shot in the arm for the Gamecocks. In two starts, she has finished T-3 and T-6.

Ana Pelaez, South Carolina

Ana Pelaez, South Carolina (South Carolina Athletics)

 

Roussin-Bouchard, who has spent time as the No. 1-ranked player in the world, has been a consistent presence in college golf. She won once in the fall at the Ally, and made a statement with her Moon Golf Invitational title as she went 13 under for 54 holes.

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, South Carolina

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, South Carolina

The junior has led the Buckeyes in all three full-field spring starts, and has also finished inside the top 5 each time she has teed it up.

Aneka Seumanutafa, 19, of Emmitsburg, Md., plays a shot. (Photo: USGA/Steven Gibbons)

Shepherd, a sophomore, rose to the top of a strong field at the Gamecock Intercollegiate to claim the first college title of her career. She now has a third-place and first-place finish in two tournaments in 2021. The ACC did not compete in the fall season, but Shepherd appeared in several one-off college and amateur events.

Erica Shepherd

Duke’s Erica Shepherd won the Gamecock Intercollegiate. (Duke Athletics)

The Pac-12 didn’t compete in the fall season, but since starting up in the spring, Spitz has displayed impressive consistency. She has a pair of runner-up finishes at the Lamkin Invitational and Sun Devil Winter Classic, and is 7 under on the season.

Emma Spitz, UCLA

Emma Spitz, UCLA (UCLA Athletics)

Stark scored a big win early in the spring after going 15 under at the Heros Ladies Intercollegiate. That title goes along with two top-10 finishes, including a runner-up at the SMU Trinity Forest Invitational.

Maja Stark, Oklahoma State women's golf

Maja Stark, Oklahoma State women’s golf

Wallin claimed the individual title at her team’s own Florida State Match-Up with rounds of 66-68-70 and at 12 under for 54 holes, set a tournament scoring record. She had finished T-6 at the Moon Golf Invitational, the Seminoles’ only other start this season, two weeks before that.

Beatrice Wallin, Florida State

Beatrice Wallin, Florida State

Walsh has emerged as a major player for the Demon Deacons, having started the spring with back-to-back runner-up finishes at the UCF Challenge and Palmetto Intercollegiate. Most recently, Walsh was T-10 at the Gamecock Intercollegiate.

Lauren Walsh of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons follows through on her tee shot during second round action at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invite at the UNC Finley Golf Course on October 12, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Brian Westerholt/Sports On Film)

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