Maryland Golfers Patricia Mackova and Karla Elena Vazquez Setzer earned Big Ten honors, the conference announced Wednesday.
Patricia Mackova, a sophomore from the Czech Republic, was named to the All-Big First Team. Mackova has five top-ten finishes this season, including setting a program and personal best 65 (-7) in the final round of the Illini Women’s Invitational at Medinah Country Club on October 13, 2021.
Mackova has appeared in all 11 events this season, including the Big-Ten Conference Championship where she finished tied for sixth. She currently boasts a 72.89 on the year score and is currently ranked the 79th collegiate golfer in the nation by Golfstat. These are his first conference honours.
“Patricie had one of the best seasons ever in the history of the Maryland program, said the head coach Kelly Hovland. “She has become one of the best players in the Big-Ten Conference and is looking to continue that success at the NCAA Regional Championships next week. I am very proud of the vision she has for her golf game and of how she goes about making it happen. . She works hard and is a phenomenal student and exceptional team player.”
Second year Karla Elena Vazquez Setzerof Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, also won an award as the Sportsmanship Award winner. The student-athletes selected are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, student-athletes must have good academic results and have demonstrated good citizenship outside the framework of sports competitions.
Vázquez Setzer has appeared in all 11 events this season, including the Big-Ten Conference Championship. Her best result this season was at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in September where she finished ninth. His personal best of the year came at the ICON Invitational in Houston, TX in the first round where he posted a 68 (-4).
“In extreme adversity, Karla showed her ability to show sportsmanship and a positive attitude,” head coach Hovland said. “When her golf bag was blown into a lake earlier this year and her 9 iron was lost along with her cell phone, she kept her cool and showed her gratitude to those who helped her and continued her game of fighting for her team (at the Landfall Tradition Invitational). Not only did she show sportsmanship, but she also birdied on three of her last six holes!”
To see the full list of 2022 Big-Ten Women’s Golf All-Conference and Individual Award Winners, click here.