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BYU Women’s Golf Wins Third Straight WCC Title and All Major Individual Honors
By Alexa Anderson, Brigham Young University's Sports Information Director for Golf
Third-straight WCC title in playoff win for Cougar women's golf
SANTEE, Calif. — Three Cougars placed in the top 10 as No. 40 BYU women's golf downed No. 50 Pepperdine in a playoff to clinch its third-straight West Coast Conference title on Wednesday at Carlton Oaks Golf Club.
“The girls were so tough today,” BYU head coach Carrie Roberts said. “They had to overcome so much to win. It was the ultimate team effort. I am so proud of them.”
BYU fired a third-round team score of 295 to tie with Pepperdine at +36 as the 54-hole tournament ended, forcing a playoff.
The Cougars edged the Waves in the one-hole playoff, shooting +2 while Pepperdine shot +3. Four out of the five scores counted.
Rose Huang fired a 69 in round three to log her first individual victory of the 2017-18 season. Huang carded 35 on the back nine, prior to shooting a bogey-free 34 on the front nine. She finished the tournament at -2.
Kendra Dalton tied for second place at the WCC Golf Championships. The senior carded a final-round score of 76 to end the tournament at +5. Dalton's second-place finish is her fourth top-10 finish of the 2017-18 campaign.
Naomi Soifua also placed in the top 10 as the freshman tied for eighth place. Soifua shot +3 on Wednesday to end the event at +13.
Annie Yang tied for 17th place, while Anna Kennedy placed 21st. Yang fired a 75 in round three to shoot +22 in the 54-hole event and Kennedy fired a third-round score of 80 to finish at +25.
BYU will represent the WCC in one of four NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship Regionals.
2018 WCC Golf Championships – April 16-18, 2018
BYU Player Results
No. 40 BYU*
No. 50 Pepperdine
*BYU wins in a playoff.
Women's golf claims all WCC 2017-18 season honors
SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Kendra Dalton was named the 2017-18 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, while BYU head coach Carrie Roberts received her third-straight WCC Coach of the Year award and Naomi Soifua took home WCC Freshman of the Year honors, the league announced Thursday.
No. 40 BYU captured all three of the major postseason honors for the 2017-18 season for the first time under Robert's helm. Rose Huang also claimed WCC Champion Medalist honors, as the junior finished first at the 2017-18 WCC Golf Championships. Dalton, Huang and Soifua were all named to the 2017-18 All-WCC Women's Golf First Team.
Dalton logs her second-straight conference player of year honor and became the first player to do it back-to-back since Roberts did in 1999-00 and 2000-01. The senior finished the regular season as the WCC's top-ranked player at No. 69, according to Golfstat.com. She tallied three top-5 finishes during the 2017-18 season and posted two first-place finishes at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and The Rebel Beach.
Roberts earns the WCC Coach of the Year accolade for the third-straight season after guiding the Cougars to their third-straight conference title. BYU recorded a team victory at the BYU at Entrada Classic, a second-place finish at The Gold Rush and placed third at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and The Rebel Beach.
Soifua concluded her freshman year with a total of four top-10 finishes, including an eighth-place finish at the 2017-18 WCC Golf Championships. The freshman's best finish came at the Cougars' home event, the BYU at Entrada Classic, where she tied for fifth place.
Huang dominated at the 2017-18 WCC Championships, winning the tournament by seven strokes. The junior finished the tournament at -5 to record medalist honors. Huang finished the year with four top-10 finishes. The All-WCC first team honor is Huang's third-straight citation.
2017-18 West Coast Conference Major Individual Honors
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kendra Dalton, BYU
COACH OF THE YEAR
Carrie Roberts, BYU
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Naomi Soifua, BYU
WCC CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALIST
Rose Huang, BYU
2017-18 All-WCC Women's Golf First Team