June 1, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina junior Katelyn Dambaugh has been nominated for the Honda Sport Award for women’s golf, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) announced on Wednesday. Dambaugh joins Alabama’s Cheyenne Knight, Duke’s Virginia Elena Carta and UCLA’s Bronte Lee as the nominees for the award. Each golfer was selected based off of their NCAA Championship finish and national golf rankings.
The Honda Sports Award has been presented annually by the CWSA to the top female athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The women’s golf representative will be revealed next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
Next week’s winner will become a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award. The recipient of the national honor will be presented with the Honda Cup during a live telecast on June 27 in the Founders’ Room at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Dambaugh turned in a historic season for the Gamecocks in her third year at South Carolina, setting two program records. Her 71.62 stroke average, which ranked second in Division I, stood as the lowest single-season mark in school history, and she totaled the most top-five finishes (6) ever for a Gamecock junior.
The WGCA First-Team All-American notched top-10 finishes in eight of South Carolina’s 11 tournaments this season, including medalist honors at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. She finished as the runner-up in three of her final four events of the spring, and the Goose Creek, S.C., native broke par in seven of 10 rounds during South Carolina’s postseason run to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. Dambaugh currently holds the program’s best career scoring average (72.96), and she ranks second in program history with 10 top-five finishes.
Women’s Golf Honda Sport Award Nominees
Virginia Elena Carta, Duke
Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina
Cheyenne Knight, Alabama
Bronte Lee, UCLA