May 22, 2011
BRYAN, Texas -
Senior Pia Halbig capped a stellar career by earning one of the LPGA's highest collegiate honors, the Dinah Shore Trophy. The award was presented at the banquet at the end of the NCAA Championship in Bryan, Texas.
The Dinah Shore Trophy Award recognizes a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics (3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and athletics - playing in at least 50 percent of the team's scheduled events - while maintaining a 78.00 or less scoring average. The nominees must also demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service.
Halbig leaves Cal as one of the most accomplished golfers in the history of the program. She sets scoring records as a freshman, sophomore, and a senior as well as setting the new standard for career scoring, averaging 73.8 strokes per round over her four years career. In addition to playing for Cal, she also represented her home nation of Germany in each of the last two World Championships.
"Pia Halbig was the deserved recipient of the LPGA Dinah Shore Award for her outstanding work in the classroom, on the golf course and in the community," said head coach Nancy McDaniel. "With her dedication on the course and off, it is no surprise that she is the first Cal player to have earned the NGCA All-American scholar and All-American Player honors in the same year in her 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons in addition to this tremendous honor."
As part of the award, the Cal golf program will receive $10,000.
"Cal and the women's golf program feel greatly honored to have a student-athlete earn the prestigious Dinah Shore Award" McDaniel said. "This award means the world to our program we are so proud of her and of not only what she has done but how she has done it. Pia being the recipient of the 2011 Dinah Shore Award really paves the way for future Cal players."
The Dinah Shore Trophy Award, a part of the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund, is a cooperative effort between The LPGA Foundation, the Friends of Golf (FOG), and the Nabisco Dinah Shore, one of the LPGA's four major championships and the largest contributor to the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund.
The LPGA Foundation introduced the Dinah Shore Scholarship Fund in March 1994 in honor of the late Dinah Shore, and together with FOG and the Nabisco Dinah Shore, developed the Dinah Shore Trophy Award and its criteria. A fundraising organization administered by Eddie Merrins, head golf professional at Bel Air Golf Club in Beverly Hills, CA, FOG contributes annually to collegiate, high school and junior golf programs throughout the country, and Dinah Shore was considered the "First Lady" of FOG.
A selection committee of The LPGA Foundation chooses the Dinah Shore Trophy Award recipient from nominations submitted by the National Golf Coaches Association. Nominees for the award must meet the following criteria:
* An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale; * Played in at least 50% of her team's scheduled events; * Maintained a scoring average of 78 or less; and * Demonstrated leadership skills and/or extraordinary community affairs work.
The perpetual Dinah Shore Trophy is a crystal trophy, created by Tiffany & Co. with an engraving of Dinah Shore. The trophy is housed at Mission Hills Country Club, site of the annual Nabisco Dinah Shore.