CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University freshman Taylor Thompson (East Galesburg, Ill./Knoxville) was named the 2014 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women's Golf Player of the Year and earned a spot on the seven-member all-conference squad when the league office released the awards late Thursday afternoon. She earned the key individual award in SXU's first season of competition as a new varsity sport. In addition, Saint Xavier University head golf coach Mike Mandakas was named the 2014 CCAC Women's Golf Coach of the Year.
Thompson finished in the Top 10 of overall finishers in each of her four spring competitions highlighted by earning medalist honors at the first-ever CCAC Tournament on April 23-24. She shot an 81 and a 79 those two days. Her best two-round total this spring came at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) Spring Invitational in Prescott, Ariz., where she recorded a 78 and a 79 on back-to-back days (March 10-11) for a 157 total to finish sixth in a field of 35 golfers. Thompson also placed ninth out of 42 participants at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Spring Invitational (March 28-29) with a two-round score of 171 (82-89) and tied for eighth place at the Bethel College (Ind.) Pilot Spring Invite two weeks later (April 11-12) after totaling a 164 (84-80). A two-time CCAC Player of the Week honoree, she posted an 81.0 stroke average for the season.
"Taylor has had an amazing freshman season at Saint Xavier University, but it is not over yet," said Mandakas. "She still gets to compete at the NAIA National Championship tournament in Lincoln, Neb., next week as the conference's top individual finisher. I'm looking forward to seeing her compete against the best golfers in the NAIA, because I know she belongs in this group and what a great experience for her so early in her young collegiate career."
to see the 2014 CCAC Women's Golf Awards.