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Katelyn Dambaugh

  • class Senior
  • Hometown Goose Creek, S.C.
  • High school Pinewood Prep
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Goose Creek, S.C.
  • High school Pinewood Prep

Katelyn Dambaugh Bio

Senior season (2016-17)
· WGCA First-Team All-American
· Golfweek Second Team All-American
· First-Team All-SEC
· SEC Academic Honor Roll

Junior season (2015-16)
· WGCA First-Team All-American
· Golfweek First-Team All-American
· First-Team All-SEC
· ANNIKA Award Runner-Up
· WGCA Player of the Year Watch List
· WGCA All-Baton Rouge Regional Team
· WGCA Scholar All-American
· SEC Academic Honor Roll

Sophomore season (2014-15)
· Golfweek Honorable Mention All-American
· Second-Team All-SEC
· SEC Academic Honor Roll

Freshman season (2013-14)
· Second Team All-SEC
· SEC All-Freshman Team
· SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

· 1st — Career scoring average (72.67)
· 2nd — Career top-five finishes (15)
· 3rd — Career top-10 finishes (21)

· 1st — Single-season scoring average (71.62 in 2015-16)
· 1st — All-time senior scoring average (71.68 in 2016-17)
· 1st — All-time junior scoring average (71.62 in 2015-16)
· 1st — Single-season junior top-five finishes (6 in 2015-16)
· 2nd — Single-season scoring average (71.68 in 2016-17)
· 2nd — All-time sophomore scoring average (73.66 in 2014-15)
· 2nd — All-time freshman scoring average (73.70 in 2013-14)
· T-2nd — Single-season top-five finishes (6 in 2015-16)
· T-2nd — Single-season top-10 finishes (8 in 2015-16)
· T-3rd — Single-season senior top-five finishes (5 in 2016-17)
· T-4th — Single-season top-five finishes (5 in 2016-17)
· T-6th — Single-season top-10 finishes (7 in 2016-17)

· T-1st — Low 18-hole score (64 at 2016 ANNIKA Intercollegiate (Sept. 25)
· T-2nd — Low 18-hole score (65 at 2015 SEC Championship (Apr. 28) — also a tournament record; 65 at 2015 ANNIKA Intercollegiate (Sept. 27)
· T-5th — Low 18-hole score (66 at 2014 PING ASU Invitational (April 11); 66 at 2016 SEC Championship (April 17); 66 at 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional (May 6); 66 at 2017 SEC Championship (Apr. 23)
· 1st — Low 54-hole score (204 at 2017 SEC Championship — also a tournament record)
· 2nd — Low 54-hole score (206 at 2016 Cougar Classic)
· T-3rd — Low 54-hole score (207 at 2016 Baton Rouge Regional; 207 at 2015 ANNIKA Intercollegiate)

· 2017 SEC Championship
· 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional

Dambaugh’s Career Bests
18-hole score 64
54-hole score 204
Tournament finish 1st
Top 5 finishes 15
Top 10 finishes 21
Top 20 finishes 28

Remained among the nation’s elite in her final year at Carolina, ranking inside the top-20 in Division I with a 71.68 scoring average – the second-lowest single-season mark in school history…Finished her collegiate career with the lowest career stroke average (72.67) in program history…Appeared in 10 tournaments and ranked first on the team in top-five (5) and top-10 (7) finishes…Led the Gamecocks in six of the team’s 11 tournaments…Captured Medalist Honors at the 2017 SEC Championship in record fashion, totaling a tournament and school record 204 (-12) after firing a final-round 66 (-6)…Posted the lowest 18-hole mark (64) in program history in the first round of the 2016 ANNIKA Intercollegiate en route to sixth-place honors (208, -8)…Tied for third at the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional with a three-round total of 217 (+1)…Entered the spring ranked inside the top-10 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings and ended the season listed at No. 4 following her victory at the SEC Championship…Finished inside the top-10 in each of her first five events of the season…Earned runner-up honors at the 2016 Cougar Classic after totaling a 206 (-10), the second-lowest 54-hole mark in school history…Placed fifth at the 2016 Tar Heel Invitational (212, -4) and 2016 Landfall Tradition (212, -4)…Competed at the 2017 NCAA Championship, finishing in a tie for 50th (232, +16)…Shot par or better in a team-best 17 rounds, and her eight top-10 showings also paced the Gamecocks.

Enjoyed a record-breaking year, setting program bests for single-season stroke average (71.62) and top-five finishes (6) by a junior…Her 71.62 scoring mark was second among Division I golfers…Ranked in the top-10 nationally in par-5 scoring (4th), eagles (T-3rd), birdies (9th) and par-4 scoring (7th)…Finished with the low score among Gamecocks in nine of South Carolina’s 11 tournaments…Notched top-10 finishes in seven of her final eight events and finished third or better in three of her final four tournaments…Captured her first career medalist honors at the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, matching the program record with a 207 (-9)…Equaled the school’s low 18-hole score (65) and 54-hole total (207) at the 2015 ANNIKA Intercollegiate to finish third…Shot par or better in eight of South Carolina’s 10 postseason rounds, finishing under par in all three events… Boasted the program’s fifth-best individual showing (T11) at the NCAA Championship and won her quarterfinal match against Stanford’s Sierra Kersten, 1-up…Earned two top-three finishes during the fall, including runner-up honors at the Landfall Tradition (212, -4)…Her two other runner-up showings during the regular season came at the 2016 FSU Match-Up (215, -1) and the 2016 Bryan National Collegiate (221, +5)…Closed the 2016 SEC Championship with three-straight birdies to post a final-round 66 (-6) and briefly hold the individual lead before settling for another runner-up finish…Her 209 (-7) at the conference tournament was two strokes off the league 54-hole record…Earned SEC Women’s Golfer of the Week accolades on March 16 following a ninth-place finish at the 2016 Wildcat Invitational.

Captured three top-five finishes in 2014-15…Carried the team’s second lowest season scoring average at 73.66 and owns the lowest career scoring average (min. 55 rounds) in program history at 73.68…Posted her best finish of the fall season at the Tar Heel Invitational, tying for fifth with rounds of 74-73-68=215 (-1)…Her third-round 68 was her best round of the fall season…Earlier at the Annika Intercollegiate, finished T47 (78-75-72=225, +9) to start the season…Kicked off the spring season with a T36 result at the Florida State Match-Up (73-79-76=228, +12)…Was the top Gamecock finisher at their home Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, going 8-over to tie for 16th (76-71-74=221)…Shot a 78 (+6, T21) in the qualifying round of stroke play at the Liz Murphey Collegiate before going 2-1 in the match play portion of the event…Caught fire at the PING ASU Invitational, capturing a fifth-place result after carding a second-round 66 (73-66-74=213, -3)…Earned SEC Golfer of the Week honors for her performance at the PING ASU Invitational…Continued her hot streak at the SEC Championship, matching the program and SEC Championship record with a second-round 65 on her way to a T4 finish (73-65-74=212, -4) and a runner-up finish for the Gamecocks…Was one of four Gamecocks to finish in the top 25 on the way to the NCAA East Regional title, shooting a 5-over 221 (78-73-70) to tie for 12th…Advanced to the fourth and final round of stroke play at the NCAA Championship along with Justine Dreher…Started her week at NCAAs with a 2-under 70 at The Concession Golf Club before finishing T32 (70-82-74-77=303, +15)

Earned Second Team All-SEC honors and was also selected the to the SEC All-Freshman Team… Had a spot in the lineup at all 11 tournaments… Ranked third on the team in scoring with an average of 73.70, which is the lowest average by a freshman in school history and the seventh lowest single-season average at South Carolina… Recorded first career top-10 finish with a tie for eighth place showing at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship with rounds of 68-74=142 (E)… Was the Gamecocks’ low finisher and recorded first career top-five finish with a tie for fourth place showing, her best of the season, at the Landfall Tradition with rounds of 71-73-75=219 (+3)…. Helped lead the Gamecocks to a first-place finish at the Florida State Match-Up while recording a career-best 18-hole score of 67 (-5) with rounds of 74-78-67=219 (+3) to finish in a tie for seventh place, a performance that earned her SEC Freshman of the Week honors… Recorded third-straight top-20 finish with a tie for 15th finish at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate with rounds of 71-73-76=220 (+7)… Delivered back-to-back top-20 performances with a tie for 12th at the PING ASU Invitational and a tie for 14th at the SEC Championship… Recorded a career best 54-hole score of 216 (E) and earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the second time after her 12th place finish at the PING ASU Invitational with rounds of 68-75-73=216 (E)… Finished in a tie for 24th and two strokes back of placing in the top 20 at the NCAA East Regional with rounds of 76-70-71=217 (+1)… Finished tied for 80th at the NCAA Championship with rounds of 75-77-73-73=298 (+18).

Prior to South Carolina

Earned 11 letters at Pinewood Preparatory School under coach Greg Baechtle, with eight coming on the boys’ team and three on the girls’…Played No. 1 for the girls’ team and No. 2 for the boys’ team…While playing with the girls’ team, was a seven-time SCISA Player of the Year selection, three-time All-Region selection, seven-time All-Lowcountry selection and three-time High School Sports Report Player of the Year honoree…Led the Panthers to three-consecutive South Carolina state team championships…Won individual medalist honors on seven occasions…While playing with the boys’ team, was a three-time All-State selection, three-time All-Region selection, three-time All-Lowcountry selection and was named the Region Player of the Year…Also received the Leadership Award…Helped lead the team to back-to-back South Carolina state team titles in 2011 and 2012…Was also a four-year letterwinner in basketball…Led the team to three-straight South Carolina state team championships…Two-time All-State and All-Region selection…Post and Courier All-Lowcountry honoree…North/South All-Star Team member…Was a runner-up at the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship…Made two appearances in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship…Finished fourth at the 2012 AJGA Junior Girls’ Championship…Selected as a member of the Wyndham Cup Championship Team…Won the CGA Vicki DiSantis Junior Championship…Finished second at the CGA Carolina Women’s Amateur…Turned in a second-place finish at the WEGA Women’s Eastern Amateur…SCISA 2013 Scholar-Athlete Award…Graduated with honors.


Full name is Katelyn Alyse Dambaugh…Born Oct. 1, 1994…Daughter of Eric and Cindy Dambaugh…Has one sister, Brooke…Uncle Allen Kinard played catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates…Uncle Gary Kinard was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies…Chose South Carolina because of relationship with the coaching staff, the family atmosphere of the program and the opportunity to win a national championship…Plans to major in political science with a career goal of making it to the LPGA Tour.

Dambaugh’s Career Stats
Year Tourn. Rds. Strokes Avg. Low 18 Best Finish
2013-14 11 33 2,432 73.70 67 T-4th
2014-15 11 30 2,210 73.66 65 T4th
2015-16 11 34 2,435 71.62 66 1st
2016-17 10 28 2,007 71.68 64 1st
Career 43 125 9,084 72.67 64 1st