Liu Named CAA Golfer of the Week for the Third Time
Updated: Wednesday 10/14/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William & Mary senior Alessandra Liu (Cynwyd, Pa.) won her third Colonial Athletic Association Golfer of the Week award on Wednesday, after another medal performance this week.  This is the sixth time in her career that Liu has been honored by the CAA.

Yesterday, the senior brought her fall to a close in memorable fashion, winning the Pinehurst Challenge by three strokes at 206 (-10).  That was the lowest collegiate score ever at Pinehurst, and Liu's second round 65 (-7) was also the best-ever in the tournament's 19-year history.  Liu also set school records for best round (65, -7), best 36-holes (136, -8), and best 54-holes (206, -10) this week, and her round of 65 is tied for the fourth-best in the NCAA so far this season.  She currently ranks ninth in the country with a 70.75 average according to, and is the only player in the top-10 to play more than nine rounds.  Her 43 birdies this season is also tied for the third-most in Division I, and her two eagles rank her tied for sixth in the nation.

Liu's win was her third medal in four tournaments, giving her a 310-1 (.997) head-to-head record.  She's the first player since Vickie Linkous '92 to win three times in a single season, and is just one away from the school record of four wins set by Hall-of-Famers Tracey Leinbach '81 and Mary Wilkinson '82 in 1978-79 and 1980-81, respectively.  Including her win at Kingsmill last spring, Liu now ranks tied for fourth in school history with four tournament medals.  The last person to win at least four times in her career was Tiffany Maurycy '90.  Liu also now has 10 rounds at or under par this season, more than the entire team has ever posted in any one season before this fall.

Behind Liu's strong average of 70.75, which is 4.25 better than the school-record she set last year, the Tribe team is also on school-record pace.  As a team, W&M is averaging 299.83 strokes per round, more than eight strokes better than the existing record from 2009-10.  Individually, sophomore Katie Edelblut (New Hope, Pa.) is also below the existing record of 75.0 strokes per round, averaging 74.83 with three top-10 finishes, and junior Mia Zanghetti (Jacksonville, Fla.) is averaging 77.08 strokes per round to rank eighth all-time.  Senior Tina Chang (Mineola, N.Y.) is currently 16th all-time with a career-best average of 78.17 strokes per round, and freshman Elizabeth Choi (Syosset, N.Y.) currently ranks 10th all-time among Tribe rookies with a 79.67 average.

Liu and her teammates are now starting winter training, but will return to action Feb. 28-March 1, at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.

W&M All-Time Tournament Medals
1. Mary Wilkinson '82 -- 11
2. Tracy Leinbach '81 -- 8
3. Anne Bierman '85 -- 5
T4. Alessandra Liu '16 -- 4
T4. Tiffany Maurycy '90 -- 4
6. Vickie Linkous '92 -- 3
7. Caroline Sweet '12 -- 2
One Each - Ann Schnell '04, Holly Corbin '02, Lesley Stracks '95, Leslie Kask '94, Bridget Murphy '94, Kim Oviatt '91, Melinda Dobson '90, Mary Ellen Fedor '83, Beth Lett '77

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