HOUSTON – The sophomore year Karen Fredgaard of the University of Houston was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and Zoe Slaughter was named League Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. Fredgaard and Slaughter were supported in the All-American Athletic Conference Team by the newcomers Anne Normann and Zoe Slaughter.
This was the third year in a row that the Cougars have included four student athletes on the All-Conference team.
Fredgaard was the second Cougar to receive the program’s third conference player of the year. Leonie Harm was honored in a row in 2018 and 2019. Slaughter received the conference’s first Freshman of the Year award in program history.
Tulsa’s Annie Young was named League Coach of the Year.
The Cougars were supported on the All-Conference Team by Ana Laura Collado (UCF), Tunrada Piddon (UCF), Dorthea Forbrigd (East Carolina), Julie Boysen Hillestad (East Carolina), Melanie Green (USF) and Kennedy Pedigo (SMU) . Lilly Thomas (Tulsa) and Lorena Tseng (Tulsa).
ABOUT KAREN FREDGAARD
Fredgaard is ranked 7th in the latest Golfstat individual ranking and has established himself as one of the leading amateur student athletes in the country. The native Asserbo from Denmark leads the Cougars with an average of 70.27 and 12 rounds par or better.
Fredgaard has reached three top five finishes and won the first individual title of her college career in the UCF Challenge from January 31st to February 31st. 2. After this achievement, she was named Golfweek National Player of the Week and American Player of the Week (the first of two weekly awards in 2020-21).
Most recently, she fired a final round of 67 to advance to third place with 218 at the American Athletic Conference Championships.
Earlier this month, Fredgaard finished third in the prestigious Augusta National Women’s Amateur, making it only the second Cougar to compete in this elite event.
ABOUT ZOE SLAUGHTER
Slaughter is a true newcomer to Houston’s Memorial Senior High and ranks second on the team with an average of 73.33 points and nine par rounds or better.
Slaughter has two top 10 individual results, including a season-best runner-up at MountainView Collegiate March 19-21. For these efforts, she was named American Player of the Week.
She followed with a ninth place at The Bruzzy on March 28 and 29, and finished seventh at the American Championships with a score of 221 in her last action.
ABOUT ANNE NORMANN
As an award-winning national player, Normann has participated in six tournaments this season and achieved an average of 73.67 points with three top 20 placements.
She achieved the first top 10 result of her college career with a seventh place finish in the Clover Cup, after finishing that tournament with a 69 in the finals. The native Danish from Rungsted celebrated her best result as a Cougar with a fourth place at the MountainView Collegiate, thanks to the 68 in the first and last round.
ABOUT DELANEY MARTIN
Martin, the third newcomer to the Cougars all-conference group, averaged 73.50 in her first season in college with two top 10 finishes.
She opened her career with a seventh place finish at the Texas State Invitational on February 8th and 9th, and finished fifth at The Bruzzy on March 28th and 29th, thanks to a career best 67 in the finals.
The Cougars will learn their postseason goal during the NCAA selection show, which kicks off on the GOLF Channel on Wednesday April 28th at 1:00 PM.
Selection coverage is the start of coverage of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships by GOLF Channel. The network offers highlights from the regional game to coverage of the NCAA championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
GOLF Channel has had live coverage of the NCAA championships since 2015.
The 2021 NCAA Regionals will be held in one of four locations across the country: University Club’s Scarlet Course (Baton Rouge, La., LSU) – OSU Golf Club (Columbus, Ohio, state of Ohio); University of Louisville Golf Club (Louisville, Kentucky, Louisville) and Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, California, Stanford).
The lower six teams and the lower three people who are not on those teams from each NCAA region will compete in the NCAA championships held May 21-26 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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