May 25, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior Sarah Huarte, who won the NCAA women's golf title last Saturday, has been named one of four finalists for the Collegiate Women's Sports Award for golf.
The other finalists are Oklahoma State's Karin Sjodin, the NCAA runner-up, and UCLA's Susie Matthews and Charlotte Mayorkas, who led the Bruins to the NCAA team title.
The winner will be decided by nationwide voting among NCAA member schools and will receive the Honda Award for golf. After that, she will become eligible for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the nation's outstanding woman athlete of the year.
Huarte won Cal's first national title in women's golf by carding a 10-under-par 278 at the NCAA Championships May 18-22 at the Grand National Lake Course in Opelika, Ala. Sjodin finished one shot back (279), while Matthews was third (280) and Mayorkas took fourth (284). With the victory, Huarte became the Golden Bears' only first team All-American in the program's nine-year history.
A product of Shingle Springs, Calif., Huarte finished the season with a school-record stroke average of 73.8. Huarte also holds or shares Cal's all-time bests for 18 (67), 36 (140), 54 (209) and 72 holes (278).
She was one of eight players selected to represent the United States in the 2004 Curtis Cup, which will be contested June 12-13 in Merseyside, England.