June 6, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Junior Eileen Vargas, who helped lead the Pepperdine women's golf team to a third-place showing at the 2006 NCAA Division I Championships, was tabbed a second team All-American by Golfweek, the publication announced on Tuesday.
The honor came a week after Vargas was selected an All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA).
Additionally, senior Carolina Llano, who was a second team All-American by the NGCA in 2004, received honorable mention from Golfweek for her 2006 performance.
Vargas, who earned honorable mention All-American recognition in 2005, led the Waves with a career-best 72.83 stroke average in 30 rounds. She posted 10 Top 20 finishes, including eight Top 10s.
The Pepperdine junior, who led the NCAA Championships through the first three rounds, finished tied for fourth with a 3-over par total of 291. Vargas opened her 2005-06 campaign with a first-place showing at the Branch Law / Dick McGuire Invitational in September and claimed individual medalist honors at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational earlier this spring.
Vargas' second team selection marks the 12th All-American selection for a Pepperdine women's golfer. In addition to Vargas, other Waves to earn All-American accolades include Tamie Durdin (2000), Lindsey Wright (2000-2003), Katherine Hull (2001-03) and Llano (2004, 2005).
Llano, who also was selected an Academic All-American by the NGCA named to the West Coast Conference's (WCC) All-Academic Team, placed second on the Waves with a 74.18 stroke average in 30 rounds. She posted six Top 20 finishes, including four Top 10s.
In addition to her success on the course, Llano excelled in the classroom despite participating in a sport that misses significant class time and requires a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to be eligible for Academic All-American. She is majoring in international business and will graduate in December.
In Llano's four seasons at Pepperdine, the Waves have finished in the Top 5 at the NCAA Championships three times, finishing second (2003), fourth (2005) and third (2004).
2006 GOLFWEEK COLLEGE AWARDS
COACH OF THE YEAR
Devon Brouse, Purdue
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Amanda Blumenherst, Fr., Duke
FRESHMAN OF THE YEARAmanda Blumenherst, Fr., Duke
Amanda Blumenherst, Fr., Duke
Irene Cho, Sr., USC
Elizabeth Janangelo, Sr., Duke
Tiffany Joh, Fr., UCLA
Ashley Knoll, Jr., Texas A&M
Taylor Leon, Fr., Georgia
Paige Mackenzie, Sr., Washington
Maru Martinez, Sr., Auburn
Azahara Munoz, Fr., Arizona St.
Jane Park, Fr., UCLA
Da Sol Chung, Fr., UNLV
Jacqui Concolino, Fr., Vanderbilt
Eileen Vargas, Jr., Pepperdine
Anna Grzebien, Jr., Duke
Amie Cochran, So., UCLA
Hannah Jun, Jr., UCLA
Whitney Wade, Sr., Georgia
Alissa Kuczka, Sr., Arizona St.
Leah Wigger, Jr., Virginia
Jennifer Osborn, Fr., Arizona St.
Jenny Suh, Jr., Alabama
Sofie Andersson, Sr., California
Marci Turner, So., Tennessee
Caroline Westrup, Fr., Florida St.
Stacy Lewis, So., Arkansas
Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Jr., Purdue
Jennie Lee, Fr., Duke
Chris Brady, Jr., Vanderbilt
Anastasia Kostina, Sr., Washington St.
Tiffany Tavee, Jr., Arizona St.
Christina Boeljon, Fr., Purdue
Amanda McCurdy, Sr., Arkansas
Sophia Sheridan, Sr., California
Amanda Goins, Jr., Wake Forest
Mikaela Backstedt, Fr., New Mexico
Mallory Hetzel, Fr., Georgia
Maria Hernandez, Fr., Purdue
Nicole Hage, Jr., Auburn
Pernilla Lindberg, Fr., Oklahoma St.
Sandra Gal, So., Florida
Carolina Llano, Sr., Pepperdine
Rachel Newren, Jr., BYU
Adriana Zwanck, Fr., Arizona
Susie Mathews, Sr., UCLA
Dewi Schreefel, Soph., USC
Paola Moreno, So., USC
Nannette Hill, Fr., Wake Forest
Sara Brown, So., Mich. St.
Tara Delaney, So., Kent St.
Amanda Mathis, Jr., Miss. St.