AUGUSTA, Ga. – Did the 2018-19 Augusta University women's golf team have the best season in program history? With 15 new school records and 51 top-five records for the Jaguars, the 2018-19 nationally-ranked squad made a strong case for the top program ever.
The starting lineup was comprised of a fifth-year senior who overcame injury (Maggie Ashmore), a pair of Europeans from Switzerland and Sweden who got better with each event (Charlotte Alran and Linda Lundqvist), and two strong sisters from Spain (Cecilia and Teresa Diez-Moliner). The squad came together under fourth-year head coach Caroline Hegg to conquer the regular season, achieve a No. 45 national ranking, and earn another trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Augusta sophomore Nicole Page and senior Sarah Tychsen also recorded their best scoring average of their careers in 2018-19, while freshman Natalia Yoko logged nine rounds in three events in her debut NCAA season.
"As a coach, it's a unique and very fortunate experience to really be able to love every member of your team and to have a year where everyone is on the same page and doing things the right way for the benefit of each other, Hegg said. "I was able to have that this year, so I think the thing that will stick with me the most isn't all the records we broke, it's more about the individuals that we had and the way that they supported each other and grew as people and a team."
Under Hegg, the Jaguars have advanced to the NCAA Regional three times in her four years overseeing the program. The 2018-19 squad shattered several school records, while earning the fourth highest national ranking in school history. In nine regular-season events, Augusta finished top 10 in every tournament and posted three top-three finishes.
The 2018-19 Jags set new team records for par-3, par-4, and par-5 scoring, while recording the most rounds at par or better and earning the highest scoring rating ever. The team also shot the lowest 36-hole and 54-hole total scores and three of the starting five Jaguars achieved the lowest scoring average in team history. Ashmore posted the lowest scoring average of all time at 72.53 and Lundqvist and Alran ranked second and third at 72.91 and 73.05. Lundqvist also had the most rounds at par or better in a single season in 2018-19 and Ashmore had the third most. The 2018-19 Jaguars also claimed the lowest par-3, par-4, and par-5 individual scoring average in school history.
For the seventh straight season, the Jaguars also received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for being in the top-10 academic progress rate for Division-I NCAA golf. This is the third NCAA Public Recognition Award for Augusta under head coach Caroline Hegg.
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