Winning the individual title at the inaugural Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women’s Golf Championship and claiming a CCAC Women’s Golfer of the Week honor last month, freshman golfer Taylor Thompson has been named the April winner of the World Hyundai-Saint Xavier University Athlete of the Month Award when the honor was released Thursday. Thompson is the final athlete to earn the award for the 2013-14 academic year. She becomes just the second freshman ever to claim the distinction in the two-year history of the award joining Nicole Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community), who won the March 2013 installment.
Thompson performed well in both tournaments that the SXU women’s golf team, a first-year program, competed in during the month of April. On April 11-12, she tied for eighth place overall at the Bethel College Pilot Spring Invitational at the Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind. Thompson shot a two-day total of 164 with a round of 84 on day one and a round of 80 on day two. Two weeks later, she overcame a four-stroke deficit on day one to capture the CCAC individual title in the conference’s first postseason tournament for the sport. Thompson combined for a two-day score of 160 with an 81 on the first day and a 79 on the final day. She also helped the Cougars take fifth place as a team at the conference tournament. In the final week of April, Thompson was also named the final CCAC Women’s Golfer of the Week winner for the 2014 season.
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