Some players are finishing their college careers, while a few have hit an early stride to make their way onto our list of five players to watch during the upcoming season.
As a freshman last spring, Olivia Lugar was named NGCA Division III National Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, as well as earning first-team All-America honors. Lugar was second in DIII in scoring average at 75.50 after setting a Washington (Mo.) record for single-season scoring average and tying the single-season school record for wins with four. She tied for ninth place at the NCAA Championship with a four-day score of 309.
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Freshman Emily Javadi has already made a name for herself at Sewanee, after just the fall season. Javadi broke the school records for 18-holes (68) and 36-holes (140), winning the Hollins Invitational and the Transylvania Fall Classic. She has the lowest scoring average in school history at 73.33 and has not finished outside the top five in her career thus far. Javadi enters the 2013 season leading all DIII players in scoring average and rounds (6.0) vs. par (+1.83).
Two-time All-American Kelsey Morrison is entering her last season at George Fox. Last fall she won the O’Brien National Invitational, the Boxer Classic and the Culturame Classic. She ranks second in Division III for stroke average, behind Javadi, at 75. Last summer, Morrison competed in the Oregon Amateur Women’s Golf Championship and tied for fifth in the Safeway Classic Amateur Open with UCLA's Erynne Lee.
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Last season, Methodist's Jennifer Sullivan competed in 10 events, averaging 78.2 strokes per round to rank second on the team. Sullivan has earned a team-best five top-five finishes. During the 2012 NCAA Championship she finished sixth individually to help the team to its 15th consecutive title.
Junior Georgiana Salant has been a leader for Williams since her first year. Salant won three individual titles during the 2012 fall season to help the Ephs remain undefeated for the second year in a row. Her stroke average last fall was 75.70 and her lowest career score was 71.