Junior Lilia Vu was named the PING WGCA Player of the Year
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Junior Lilia Vu was named the PING WGCA Player of the Year, as announced on Tuesday. Vu is the second Bruin to be named this award.
Recognized annually as the top honor in women's collegiate golf, the PING WGCA Player of the Year Award is given to the best player in Division I women's golf.
The recipient of the award, first handed out in 1987, is selected by a prestigious collection of women's collegiate golf coaches who follow criteria that has been established to identify the finest player for the past year. This criteria include: head-to-head competition, comparison with common opponents, scoring average, place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins and strength of schedule.
Vu is the second Bruin in three years to be named the PING WGCA Player of the Year, as Bronte Law earned the honor in 2016. Vu posted a 70.37 scoring average this season, the lowest full-season scoring average in UCLA program history. She won four times and posted nine Top 10s, including a T-7 (-1, 287) at the recent NCAA Championships. Vu had 20 under-par rounds to tie a single-season school record, with 13 of them being in the 60s, which set a school record.
Vu's four wins, all in a row, came at the Battle at the Beach, the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the Bruin Wave Invitational and the Wildcat Invitational. She also tied for the low score at the Pac-12 Championships before losing a one-hole playoff to teammate Patty Tavatanakit. Her victory at the Wildcat was the eighth of her career to set a new UCLA record, while her 14-under score was the best 54-hole total in school history.
The winner of three Pac-12 Golfer of the Month awards (November 2017, February and March 2018), the WGCA First Team All-American and All-Pac-12 First Team selection was second at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview, tied for fifth at the Silverado Showdown and tied for sixth at the Stanford Intercollegiate and tied for 22nd at the NCAA Regional.
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