PROVIDENCE, R.I. – USF sophomore Christina Miller, who led the Bulls to their first BIG EAST title, has been unanimously chosen by the league’s eight head coaches as the 2012 BIG EAST Women’s Golf Player of the Year.
The conference also announced the selection of Notre Dame’s Ashley Armstrong – the 2012 individual medalist at the BIG EAST Championship – as BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and USF head coach Marci Kornegay as BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
Miller is the first USF player to be named BIG EAST Player of the Year after she registered three tournament wins and eight top-five finishes in 10 events in the 2011-12 season. She averaged 73.07 strokes per 18 holes and finished third at the BIG EAST Championship, leading a group of four USF golfers among the top 10 individuals. Miller, who is the No. 35-rated player nationally by Golfstat, finished just one stroke behind the tournament leaders at the BIG EAST Championship.
Armstrong capped an outstanding spring season with her first tournament win when she captured the BIG EAST individual title last week in Orlando, Fla. Armstrong’s three-day score of 223 tied for first among a 40-player field and she won the tournament medal on the third playoff hole. She finished among the top 16 players in all five of her spring tournaments and she helped Notre Dame to a second-place finish in the BIG EAST Championship.
Kornegay was chosen as BIG EAST Coach of the Year for the second time after leading USF to four tournament wins and its first BIG EAST title. Kornegay saw all five of her players place 21st or better at the BIG EAST Championship as the Bulls captured the BIG EAST’s automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Championships. Kornegay and the Bulls will compete in the NCAA Central Regional in Columbus, Ohio, May 10-12. She previously was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 2010.
The BIG EAST also announced the 13-player All-BIG EAST team, which includes six unanimous selections from the head coaches. Miller and Armstrong join Louisville’s Emily Haas, Notre Dame’s Becca Huffer, Harin Lee of St. John’s and Shena Yang of USF as unanimous choices. Cincinnati’s Andrea Malek, Louisville’s AnnaKarin Ljungstrom and Katie Petrino, Notre Dame’s Kristina Nhim, Rutgers’ Kortnie Maxoutopoulis, Seton Hall’s Hannah Basalone and USF’s Kelli Pry round out the all-conference team.
Huffer becomes the third player in BIG EAST history to be named to the all-conference team four times, she joins, Noriko Nakazaki (2004-07) and Annie Brophy (2007-2010) of Notre Dame. Ljungstrom and Yang – the 2010 Freshman of the Year – were both chosen for the third straight season. Lee, who was the 2011 Freshman of the Year – earned her second straight All-BIG EAST selection.
BIG EAST Player of the Year
Christina Miller, So., USF
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Ashley Armstrong, Fr., Notre Dame
BIG EAST Coach of the Year
Marci Kornegay, USF
All-BIG EAST Team
Andrea Malek, So., Cincinnati
Emily Haas, Fr., Louisville *
AnnaKarin Ljungstrom, Sr., Louisville
Katie Petrino, Fr., Louisville
Ashley Armstrong, Fr., Notre Dame *
Becca Huffer, Sr., Notre Dame *
Kristina Nhim, So., Notre Dame
Kortnie Maxoutopoulis, Fr., Rutgers
Harin Lee, So., St. John’s *
Hannah Basalone, So., Seton Hall
Christina Miller, So., USF *
Kelli Pry, Sr., USF
Shena Yang, Jr., USF *