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Ainhoa Olarra Named To ANNIKA Award Watch List
March 8, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina senior women’s golfer Ainhoa Olarra has been named to the latest ANNIKA Award Watch List, Golfweek announced Thursday. Olarra is one of 15 student-athletes currently in contention for the national honor, which recognizes the top female U.S. collegiate golfer.

An updated list will be released every two weeks, and voting for the award will get underway following the completion of NCAA Regionals (May 7-9). The winner, which will be determined by players, coaches and members of the golf media, will be revealed in June.

This year’s recipient of the accolade will be given an exemption into September’s Evian Championship, the LPGA Tour’s fifth and final major of 2018.

Olarra has emerged as one of the top players in the country this season, ranking sixth in NCAA Division I women’s golf with a team-leading 70.36 stroke average. The San Sebastian, Spain, native has paced the Gamecocks in four of their six tournaments in a stretch highlighted by the individual title at the 2018 Florida State Match-Up.

Olarra, who boasts top-five showings in each of her last three events, has placed inside the top 25 in 11 of her last 12 tournaments dating back to the start of 2017. The 2017 Spanish Amateur Golfer of the Year ranks second in program history with a 73.66 career scoring average.

No. 9 South Carolina continues its spring slate at the 2018 Evans-Derby Experience, set for March 18-20. The 54-hole event in Auburn, Ala., will be contested at the Auburn University Club.

ANNIKA Award Watch List
Lilia Vu, UCLA
Maria Fassi, Arkansas
Andrea Lee, Stanford
Lauren Stephenson, Alabama
Olivia Mehaffey, Arizona State
Sierra Brooks, Florida
Kristen Gillman, Alabama
Sophia Schubert, Texas
Emilia Migliaccio, Wake Forest
Patty Tavatanakit, UCLA
Leona Maguire, Duke
Jennifer Kupcho, Wake Forest
Dylan Kim, Arkansas
Ainhoa Olarra, South Carolina
Alana Uriell, Arkansas




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