St. Mary’s Jillian Wyne, a senior from Calgary, Alberta, was named to the National Golf Coaches Association Division II All-American first team and St. Mary’s women’s golf coach Cindy Krause was named the NGCA Div. II West Region coach of the year. Winners were recognized at the NGCA Division II Awards Banquets held in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida on May 15 prior to the Div. II national championship tournament where the Rattlers finished sixth.
Wyne was a second team NGCA All-American and a member of the All-American Scholar in 2002. The 2003 NGCA All-American team will be offically announced in early July. As the May 14, Wyne had the top scoring average among D-II women’s golfer according to Golfstat.com’s statistical rankings and was 127th overall among all female collegiate golfers, with an adjusted average just 4.377 strokes behind the national leader, Erica Blasberg of D-I University of Arizona.
Wyne, who finished tied for 25th at last week’s national championship, was the individual winner of this year’s West Regional. She finished 10th at the 2002 national tournament after finished second at regional. Wyne recorded four victories in the Rattlers’ five tournaments in Fall 2002, and won two of seven, including the West Regional, during the Spring 2003 season. Wyne started her collegiate career at Kent State and transfered to St. Mary’s to become one of the first members of St. Mary’s now three-year-old women’s golf program.
A junior golf standout in Alberta, she finished fifth in the Alberta Juinor team trials the summer before her freshman year of college. In 1999 Wyne, her mother Brenda and her aunt Bev Whittmack teamed up with Korean sensation Se Ri Pak at the du Maurier Classic to fire a 56 and win the pre-tournament Pro-Am. Wyne defeated her sister Nicole, a St. Mary’s sophomore, in a match play final for the 1998 junior title of their home course, Glencoe Country Club in Calgary and Nicole won the 1999 title. Nicole finished tied for 22nd at the D-II national tournament this year with a four-day total one stroke better than her older sister’s.