Women’s Golf: Sambach earns WGCA second-team All-American honors

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Virginia sophomore golfer Amanda Sambach was named a second-team All-American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association on Friday. It marks the second year in a row she has received All-America recognition from the organization. Last year she was an honorable mention selection.

Sambach (Pinehurst, N.C.) was a finalist for both the Division I PING Women’s Golf Coaches Association Player of the Year honor and the ANNIKA Award, both of which are presented to the nation’s top female collegiate golfer.

This season she set the UVA record for wins in a season with three. She opened the year by taking medalist honors at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate. She won the ACC Championships by shooting 14-under 202, which was the best performance in the event’s history and also set the Virginia 54-hole scoring record. At the NCAA Regional, she finished as co-medalist. Over the course of 10 tournaments, she posted five top-10 finishes.

Sambach’s 71.31 stroke average was the best single-season mark in Cavalier history as was her total of 19 rounds of par or better. She also set UVA records for par-3 scoring (3.0081 avg.) and par-5 scoring (4.7156). She matched the Virginia single-season mark with five eagles.

Sambach will compete for the United States team at this summer’s Arnold Palmer Cup on June 8-10 at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players.