Sept. 19, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Former Alabama All-American golfer Brooke Pancake has been selected as one of nine finalists for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics announced.
Pancake, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., is the sixth Crimson Tide athlete to be honored as a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year. The Woman of the Year award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
A committee of representatives from NCAA schools and conferences selected the top-nine finalists from a pool of 30 honorees. Those individuals were identified from an initial pool of 452 conference and independent honorees representing all three NCAA divisions and multiple sports.
The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the national winner. The recipient of the 22nd annual award will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year awards event, to be held Oct. 12, in the Indiana Convention Center's 500 Ballroom.
Pancake has already been selected as the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year after graduating in May. She completed her eligibility as she led the Crimson Tide to the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championship. Her four-foot par putt on the 18th hole clinched a one-shot victory and the program's first National Championship. It also earned her runner-up honors individually at 2-under-par 286.
She majored in marketing at Alabama and completed her course work with honors and a 4.0 GPA. Pancake was a three-time Southeastern Conference Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a four-time NGCA Scholar Athlete.
On the course she was a three-time All-American, twice earning first-team honors. Pancake won the 2012 Honda Award, which goes to the nation's top collegiate women's golfer. She finished her career with a 73.08 scoring average and led the Tide as a senior at 72.52. Pancake won the 2011 and 2012 Edith Cummings Munson Award from the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) for the student-athlete with the highest GPA among first-team All-Americans and was the 2010 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner.
A four-time All-SEC selection, she closed out her career as the sixth-ranked golfer nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate, Alpha Lamba Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Lamba, Golden Key and XXXI, the Alabama elite women's honorary.
Pancake was also honored as the winner of the Paul W. Bryant Award as Alabama's most outstanding female student athlete in 2011-12. In June, she was named as the Southeastern Conference's Female Athlete of the Year.
Pancake joins softball player Brittany Rogers (2010), gymnasts Michelle Reeser (2005), Kristin Sterner (2003), Merritt Booth (1998) and Meredith Willard (1997) as Alabama's finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
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