Kang (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) played in six tournaments for the Waves after graduating early from high school in order to enroll in January. She was the medalist at the Bruin Wave Invitational in just her second collegiate tournament in March, shooting an 8-under 208 to win by three strokes. In the postseason, Kang was the Waves' top finisher at the NCAA East Regional (taking sixth place) and at the NCAA Championships (tying for 15th place). Her season stroke average of 73.22 is the fifth-best in school history.
Kang also earned All-Freshman team honors from Golfweek. She was one of just three first-year players that made Golfweek's All-American first or second team.
Junior Martine de Gannes (Diego Martin, Trinidad) was selected as an All-American Scholar by the National Golf Coaches Association. The public relations major has a 3.92 grade-point average. She played in the first seven tournaments of the year and posted a 76.35 scoring average.
"I am very proud of the outstanding accomplishments of both Danielle and Martine," Pepperdine Coach Laurie Gibbs said. "Their commitment to being their best earned them these high honors."
Sophomore Lisa McCloskey (Montgomery, Texas) picked up All-American honorable mention notice from both Golfweek and the NGCA. It was her second straight year receiving the honor from the NGCA. She posted a 74.06 stroke average this season.
Kang is Pepperdine's 10th different player to earn an All-American honor since 2000. Kang and McCloskey are the 19th and 20th All-American selections for Pepperdine in that time. The Waves have had multiple All-Americans in one year on seven occasions.
Sophomore Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C., Canada) earned NGCA All-American Scholar honors for the second straight year, as the business administration major has posted a 3.79 grade-point average. She played in 10 of the Waves' 11 tournaments this season and had a 74.94 stroke average.
De Gannes and Wallace were the 11th and 12th NGCA All-American Scholar selections during Gibbs' 17-year tenure leading the Waves.
"Lisa and Jessica played very well throughout the year and worked hard in the classroom," Gibbs said. "Lisa had two individual wins in the spring while also earning a high GPA. Jessica achieved straight As in the spring, raising her GPA and earning her another All-American Scholar selection."
In the final computer ratings, Pepperdine finished ninth in the Golfweek/Sagarin index and #15 by Golfweek. The Waves, who were making their 10th NCAA Championships appearance in 12 years, finished in a tie for 14th at the 2010 event.