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MEDIA ALERT:  HONDA SPORTS AWARD WINNERS UPDATED (as of June 3, 2013)

HONDA AWARD_plateThe Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) is pleased to announce the latest winners of the 2012-2013 HONDA SPORTS AWARD PROGRAM.

THE CWSA PRESENTS USC’S ANNIE PARK WITH THE

HONDA SPORTS AWARD FOR GOLF

 

LOS ANGELES, California (June 3, 2013) --- The Pac-12 Player of the Year, Annie Park (Levittown, N.Y.), a freshman from the University of Southern California, who captured her first individual NCAA Women’s Golf Championship and led the Trojans to their third national team title after winning the Pac-12 and NCAA West Regional, has received the Honda Sports Award for golf and becomes a finalist for the 2013 Honda Cup.  The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) will present the Honda Cup live on ESPNU, June 24 at the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles.

 

“I could not have imagined a better first semester to my college career. Becoming a Trojan in January and being part of this team has been a fantastic experience and I’m just happy I was able to contribute to our NCAA and Pac-12 titles. Winning the Honda Sports Award is a tremendous honor and I am proud to be included with the rest of the amazing winners from this year,” said Park from New Jersey where she qualified yesterday for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open, and will make her second appearance among the world’s best women golfers at Sebonack Golf Club in late June. 

 

            Park shot a one-under-par 71 in the final round to put her 10 strokes under for the national title.  Her performance helped the Trojans finish the tournament with a record-setting 19-under par 1,133, finishing 21 strokes better than second-place Duke and 15 strokes better than the previous record set by UCLA in 2004.  Only a year ago, Park was the first girl to win the Nassau boys’ high school golf championship.   After graduating high school early, she enrolled at USC for the Spring term and joined the team as the AJGA’s No. 18 ranked junior golfer in the country.  She played as an amateur in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, represented the East team in the 2012 Wyndham Cup, and was runner-up at the 2012 Scott Robertson Memorial.  

 

The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.  With this honor, Park becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2013 Honda Cup.   She was chosen for the Honda Sports Award by a vote among more than 1,000 institutions based on NCAA finish and overall ranking.   Finalists included Lindy Duncan (Duke), Stephanie Meadow (Univ. of Alabama), and Paula Reto (Purdue University).

 

The Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.   Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.  Previous Honda Cup winners include Brittney Griner, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Lisa Fernandez, Misty May-Treanor, Maya Moore, and Candace Parker.

 

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Media Contacts:

University of Southern California, Associate Sports Information Director

Paul Goldberg, 213-740-8480, pgoldber@usc.edu

 

CWSA Media Team

Lori Okimura (310) 597-1970, lori@creativesportsstrategies.com

Linda Reid (310) 291-9205, linda@creativesportsstrategies.com


Past releases:

(May 23, 2013) - THE CWSA NAMES ANDREA "DREY" MINGO THE 2013 HONDA INSPIRATION AWARD WINNER...Click here for full story.

(April 19, 2013) - DELAWARE'S ELENA DELLE DONNE RECEIVES HONDA SPORTS AWARD FOR BASKETBALL...Click here for full story.

(Apr. 8, 2013) - GEORGIA'S ALLISON SCHMITT RECEIVES HONDA SPORTS AWARD FOR SWIMMING & DIVING...Click here for full story.

(Dec. 27, 2012) - OREGON'S ALAINA BERGSMA RECEIVES HONDA SPORTS AWARD FOR VOLLEYBALL...Click here for full story.

(Dec. 11, 2012) - NORTH CAROLINA'S CRYSTAL DUNN RECEIVES HONDA SPORTS AWARD FOR SOCCER...Click here for full story.

(Dec. 3, 2012) - PRINCETON'S KATIE REINPRECHT RECEIVES HONDA SPORTS AWARD FOR FIELD HOCKEY...Click here for full story.

(Nov. 28, 2012) - IOWA STATE'S BETSY SAINA RECEIVES HONDA SPORTS AWARD FOR CROSS COUNTRY...Click here for full story.

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Established in 1976, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program honors outstanding achievement of 12 Honda Sports Award winners from NCAA Div. I schools seasonally throughout the year.  The program's highest honor, the HONDA CUP, goes annually to the Collegiate Women Athlete of the Year.

Honda has been a sponsor of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards for 27 years.  Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.

CWSA Media contacts:  Lori Okimura (lori@creativesportsstrategies.com) or Linda Reid (linda@creativesportsstrategies.com).


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