Darling, Rydqvist Named Golfweek All-Americans
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The freshmen duo of Hannah Darling and Louise Rydqvist has been named Golfweek All-Americans the organization announced. Darling was a First Team selection and Rydqvist was an Honorable Mention pick.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The freshmen duo of Hannah Darling and Louise Rydqvist has been named Golfweek All-Americans the organization announced. Darling was a First Team selection and Rydqvist was an Honorable Mention pick.
Darling and Rydqvist are the fourth and fifth freshmen in program history to earn All-America honors joining Ana Pelaez (2017), Emily Price (2019) and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (2020). Darling and Roussin-Bouchard are the only freshmen to earn First Team All-America honors in program history. Darling was also named a WGCA First Team All-American back in late May.
Since head coach Kalen Anderson took over in the spring of 2008, 13 different Gamecocks have earned All-American honors a total of 37 times.
A native of Midlothian, Scotland, Darling recently wrapped up one of the best first seasons at South Carolina by a freshman. Her team-best 72.72 scoring average is the second-lowest in program history by a freshman, trailing only Roussin-Bouchard. She had seven top-10 finishes in 11 starts with 14 rounds of par or better in 32 rounds played. Darling did not place in the NCAA Championship after missing the third round due to illness. She returned for the medal round on Monday and shot 69 (-3) and was one of just three players to shoot in the 60s in round four.
A native of Jönköping, Sweden, Rydqvist finished second on the team with a 73.82 scoring average. She T-57th at the NCAA Championship and finished with back-to-back even par 72s in the third and fourth rounds. Like Darling, Rydqvist was extremely consistent with eight top-20 finishes in 11 starts. Her four top-10s and two top-fives were second on the team. Rydqvist paced Carolina at the SEC Championship with a T-6th place finish in stroke play. She also T-6th at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional to help the Gamecocks punch their ticket to the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk.