Haycock Named To C-USA All-Conference Squad

May 03, 2013
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 3, 2013

IRVING, Texas - ODU junior women's golfer Elizabeth Haycock has been selected to the 2013 Conference USA third team All-League squad by a vote of the league's head coaches. She was one of 15 student-athletes recognized.

In the Fall season, Haycock won the Towson Invitational, tied for fourth at Penn State and East Carolina's tournaments and took fifth at Xavier. She also finished second at UNCW and seventh at Bucknell's tournaments in the Spring. She tied for 22nd at the C-USA Championships. Haycock compiled a 74.5 stroke average in the Fall and 75.8 in the Spring.

East Carolina freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang has become the first player in Conference USA history to be named both the Player and Freshman of the Year in the same season. SMU's Melanie White and Tulsa's Shu-Yin Liu shared the inaugural Most Improved Golfer of the Year award while Tulane's Andrew Pratt was named C-USA Coach of the Year.

Spang is the second Pirate to be named Player of the Year, joining two-time winner Abby Bools (2008, 2010). She is the fourth ECU player to claim the conference's Freshman of the Year award, adding her name to a list that includes Lene Krog (2006), Amber Littman (2008) and Fanny Wolte (2011). Spang tied for the C-USA lead with two individual titles this season, winning the UNCG Starmount Forest Tournament and the JMU Eagle Landing tournament. In all she was a top-10 finisher at six events this season, including a sixth-place effort at the C-USA Championship. Her scoring average of 73.39 was the lowest in the league.

Spang is one of three freshman voted to the All-C-USA First Team and is joined by tandems from league champion Tulane and SMU.

Senior Maribel Lopez Porras of Tulane becomes a three-time first-team selection after a season in which she posted the second-best scoring average in the league and tied for sixth at the C-USA Championship. Green Wave freshman Emily Penttila was named to the All-CUSA First Team following a season that saw her record three top-five performances, including a tie for fourth place at the C-USA Championship.

SMU senior Felicia Espericueta, who was part of a three-way playoff at the C-USA Championship, earned a first-team nod along with teammate freshman Jenny Haglund, who placed in the top-five four times during her rookie season.

The Most Improved Golfers of the Year award are Tulsa senior Shu-Yin Liu and SMU senior Melanie White. Liu was selected to participate as an individual at the upcoming NCAA Regional, named to the All-C-USA Second Team and improved her scoring average from 81.8 to 74.83 this season. White lowered her average round from 89.5 by nearly 13 strokes to 76.68.

Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt was voted C-USA Coach of the Year after leading the Green Wave to a C-USA Championship title and an NCAA Regional berth. Tulane led wire-to-wire at the C-USA Championship, winning the event by 27 strokes.

2013 C-USA Women's Golf All-Conference Teams

Player of the Year: Frida Gustafsson Spang, East Carolina Freshman of the Year: Frida Gustafsson Spang, East Carolina Co-Most Improved Players of the Year: Melanie White, SMU/Shu-Yin Liu, Tulsa Coach of the Year: Andrew Pratt, Tulane

First Team All-C-USA

Frida Gustafsson Spang, East Carolina Felicia Espericueta, SMU Jenny Haglund, SMU Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane Emily Penttila, Tulane

Second Team All-C-USA

Nico Engstroem Skaug, East Carolina Madison Opfer, Tulane Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane Shu-Yin Liu, Tulsa Monifa Sealy, UCF

Third Team All-C-USA

Fanny Wolte, East Carolina Elizabeth Haycock, Old Dominion Kristina Merkle, Tulsa Antonia Von Wnuck, Tulsa Carolin Pinegger, UCF