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Clark and Lee Earn Sportswomen of Colorado Honors

 

Clark and Lee Earn Sportswomen of Colorado Honors DENVER—University of Colorado athletes Erin Clark (cross country) and Esther Lee (golf) were honored by the Sportswomen of Colorado for their 2015 performances.

Clark had an outstanding junior season. She led the Buffs in three of their five varsity races and in the two races she did not lead the team, she was CU’s second harrier. Clark was undefeated through the first two meets, winning her second straight Rocky Mountain Shootout and NCAA Pre-Nationals. Clark won the Rocky Mountain Shootout in 20:13, which was the sixth best time in course history and went on to take the title at pre-nationals in 20:00.5.

The Eugene, Ore., native was second for the Buffs at Pac-12s and regionals. She earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors with a fourth place finish at the conference meet, helping the Buffs defeat Oregon 45-51 to win their second Pac-12 team championship since 2011. At the NCAA Mountain Region Championship, Clark was again second for the Buffs, but placed third overall as the Buffs won the team title. Clark recorded her second All-American honor by placing 11th at the NCAA Championships, leading the Buffs to a second place team finish, their highest NCAA finish since 2006.

In Lee’s first year competing for the black and gold, she put together one of the best seasons in CU history, finishing her 2014-15 campaign with a team-best 73.03 stroke average. She recorded 10 top 20 finishes, which is tied for second most all-time in a single season and also notched a school record 72.25 spring stroke average. Lee won her first collegiate tournament, earning medalist honors at the Bay Area Intercollegiate in the spring where she shot a school-record 206 in the 54-hole event.

All-together, Lee tallied five rounds in the 60s between the fall and spring, the most by any golfer in a single-season. She led the team with three top five finishes, eight subpar rounds, was second on the team with four even-par rounds and third on the squad, recording 26 rounds in the 70s. Lee finished as the No. 22/23 (GolfStat/Golfweek) ranked individual in the country and was awarded several accolades for her impressive season, including being the first Buff ever to be named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, earned a place on the WGCA All-American Second Team and Golfweek All-American Third Team along with earning CU Female Athlete of the Year honors.

“I’m so proud and happy for Esther,” CU head women’s golf coach Anne Kelly said. “This is a well-deserved honor for her and we are fortunate to have her as a part of the CU golf program…I know Esther is very honored to be the Sports Women of Colorado Golf recipient.”

The 42nd Annual Awards Celebration is Sunday, March 13 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. More information can be found at www.sportswomenofcolorado.org/banquet.[…]

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