Carty Named Summit League Golfer of the Year
Baratta claims Newcomer of the Year and Kuhle wins third straight Coach of the Year honor
June 6, 2016
DENVER – University of Denver women’s golf junior Jessica Carty (Holywood, Northern, Ireland) was named the Summit League Women’s Golfer of the Year in a vote by the league’s head coaches, the Summit League announced on Monday. Freshman Katharina Baratta (Klosterneuburg, Austria) was named Newcomer of the Year and head coach Lindsay Kuhle claimed Coach of the Year honors.
“This is a great honor for Jess and Kathi to be named player of the year and newcomer of the year in our league,” Kuhle said. “These two worked incredibly hard this year to compete at a high level, not only on the golf course, but in the classroom.”
Carty captured individual medalist honors at the Summit League Championship by shooting a 217 (69-72-76) to tie the tournament record for an individual after 54 holes in Nebraska City, Neb. The junior finished the season leading DU with a 76.10 stroke average. The Holywood native was also named Summit League Golfer of the Week on April 13.
“Jess Carty was consistent for us this year,” Kuhle added. “She held the lowest stroke average on our team. She shot a 66 in our home tournament to lead us to a team victory and had an impressive individual first collegiate win at the league tournament. I am very proud of the progress she continues to make each and every year. She is a great steady player and a great leader for us. I look forward to having her as our captain next year and see the passion, excitement and hard work she brings to the team.”
Baratta claimed newcomer of the year as she had a very successful freshman campaign. The freshman was named Summit League Co-Golfer of the Month in September and claimed two player of the week honors during the spring season. The Klosterneuburg native finished the season with a 76.48 stroke average and had two top-5 finishes (Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate and Summit League Championships).
“I am extremely proud of Kathi’s performance this past fall and how she stepped up right away in her first two collegiate tournaments to be our number one player,” Kuhle said. “She had great rounds at Red Sky, the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate, Tulane and finished well at the league championships. This is very well-deserved.”
Kuhle secured her third consecutive Summit League Coach of the Year honor after leading Denver to its third consecutive Summit League Championship and 13th straight overall league title. DU won the 2016 Summit League Championships by shooting a tournament record 878 (295-283-300) en route to a 52 stroke victory.
“I am very honored to receive the coach of the year award,” Kuhle said. “There are many great coaches in our league. I owe it all to my team and the hard work, effort, attitude and passion they bring to practice and competitions each and every day. We work very hard here at DU, and I am lucky and proud to coach such wonderful women with high expectations and a high level of commitment they bring to the course and classroom.”
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