June 23, 2016
Full List of 2015-16 All-Americans
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina women’s golfers Katelyn Dambaugh and Sarah Schmelzel were honored as 2015-16 Golfweek All-Americans, the publication announced. Dambaugh grabbed First-Team laurels, while Schmelzel was recognized as an Honorable Mention selection.
Dambaugh, a 2016 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) First-Team All-American, turned in one of the best seasons in school history this past year. The Goose Creek, S.C., native set program records for single-season scoring average (71.62) and top-five finishes (6) by a junior. Her stroke average ranked second in Division I, and she earned her first career medalist honors at the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, matching the lowest 54-hole total (207) in program history. Dambaugh anchored the Gamecocks in their run to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals, as the rising senior shot par or better in eight of South Carolina’s 10 postseason rounds.
This week’s announcement marks the first All-America honors for Schmelzel, who wrapped up her collegiate career last month with the program’s fourth-lowest career stroke average (74.25). The Phoenix, Ariz., native boasted a strong finish to her spring, shooting par or better in each of her final three rounds on the way to a top-20 finish at the NCAA Championship. She claimed her first career medalist honors at the 2016 Bryan National Collegiate, and the graduated senior’s 73.21 scoring average was the fifth-lowest mark in a season for a Gamecock. Schmelzel ranked second on the team in top-five finishes (2), and she joined Dambaugh as the only other player to notch double-digit rounds of par or better.
Led by Dambaugh and Schmelzel, the Gamecocks finished No. 15 in Golfstat’s final poll after claiming seventh-place honors at the NCAA Championship. South Carolina’s postseason run was highlighted by the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional title, its fourth regional championship in the last seven years.