Winnie Hyun

VANCOUVER – Four UBC Thunderbirds, including two rookies, were named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women’s Golf All-Americans today.


First-year golfer Winnie Hyun was the lone T-Bird on the First All-America Team, which is a collection of the best players in the NAIA this season. Hyun, an Arts student, recorded an average score of 79 over 19 rounds this year, which included her appearance at the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship (May 20-23) in Lincoln, Neb., where the Langley, B.C. native tied for 13th. Her best results this season were a pair of fourth-place finishes, at the Saint Martin’s Invitational (Oct. 4-5) and the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship (April 27-28).
Third-year Arts student Stephanie Wong of Richmond, B.C. and rookie Kat Kennedy of Okotoks, Alta. both earned Second Team All-American status.
Wong’s scoring average was 79.3 after 19 rounds of play. She won the Western Washington University Viking Invitational in the fall (Oct. 7-8) and was tied for 28th at the national championships.
With an average of 78.5 strokes per round, Kennedy led UBC in that category during the 2013-14 season. The first-year Science student was second to Wong at the WWU Viking Invitational and finished in a group of golfers in 34th place at the NAIA’s.
Team captain Casara Hong of Calgary finished off her NAIA career with a place on the Third All-America Team. Her stroke average was 80.7 this season, which was highlighted by her performance at the A.I.I. conference championship in Bremerton, Wash., where she tied for second. Hong, a Science student in her last year of university competition, was 80th at the NAIA championship.
A total of 45 student-athletes were honoured, with 15 individuals being named to each of the three 2014 NAIA Women’s Golf All-America teams, which were selected by the NAIA-Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America Committee.
UBC will finish off the 2013-14 season June 3-6 in Winnipeg, the host city of the Golf Canada University/College Championship.