June 6, 2012
BERKELEY - Senior Daniela Holmqvist earned the first national honor of her collegiate career as the National Golf Coaches Association named her as an honorable mention for All-American.
Holmqvist, the Bears' co-MVP, had a breakout season in 2011-12, leading the team with a 73.5 scoring average. In addition to her NGCA honor, she was also a second team All-Pac-12 honoree. Holmmqvist was ranked as high as No. 20 (week of April 22) by Golfweek and became the first Bear in program history to earn Pac-12 Player of the Month honors (March). She finished in the top-five in five of the six tournaments she played in during the spring portion of the season, including earning medalist honors at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Maui.
Holmqvist secured the 2012 Pac-12 Championship for the team with a par putt on the 18th hole, helping the Bears finish one stroke ahead of the USC Trojans.
This is the first time that Holmqvist has been included in All-American honors. Last season, teammate Joanne Lee was a second team All-American with Pia Halbig earning an honorable mention. This is the 11th time that a Golden Bear has earned an honorable mention. Lee and two others, Vikki Laing in 2003 and Sarah Huarte in 2004, are the only players ever to be named to the first or second team.