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Tee to Green, ‘A Very Special Bunch’

A resident of Buena Vista, Fla, at left, congratulates the new MAAC golf champion Great Danes.  

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 24, 2018) — For the second time in the UAlbany women’s golf program history, the team is the MAAC Women’s Golf Champion. The Great Danes, playing on Disneyworld's Magnolia Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla, were led by senior Annie Songuen Lee, who claimed her second career McLeod Trophy by placing first in the individual standings.

The third and final round score for the Great Danes was 307 (+19). The total for all three rounds was 921 (+57), 12 strokes better than runner-up Ouinnipiac. Four UAlbany golfers placed in the top 10 in the competition, while all five were in the top 20.

Lee came in first with a score of 220 (+4), followed by Megan Henry in fourth with 228 (+12), Helga Einarsdottir and Caroline Juillat tied for 10th with 237 (+21), and Annika Espino tied for 19th with 242 (+26). Henry, Einarsdottir, Julliat and Espino are all sophomores.

UAlbany’s team has an international flavor, with Lee hailing from British Columbia, Henry from England, Einarsdottir from Iceland, Juillat from France and Espino from Hawaii.

When UAlbany won the title in 2015. Lee took the individual championship. She finished six strokes ahead of her 2015 mark in this year’s championship,

“I’m unbelievably proud of this team for their performance, not only this week but the entire season,” said Coach Colleen Cashman-McSween, who was named the 2018 MAAC Women’s Coach of the Year for the second time. “We led from our first tee shot until the last birdie putt dropped on 18. Every player contributed at least one round and senior Annie Lee was our rock on the golf course this weekend.”

The Great Danes next head to Tallahassee, Florida, for NCAA Regionals May 7-9 at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course & Club. Florida State University will serve as the host institution.

“This truly is a very special bunch," Cashman-McSween said of her team. "Having a clean sweep of the team title and individual title is a very special thing. Their team bond really showed through and I couldn’t be any more honored to coach this great group of players.”

Finishing behind UAlbany and Quinnipiac was Dayton, Hartford, Siena, Monmouth, Niagara, La Salle and Fairfield.

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