UA's Pancake wins Munson Golf Award

Alabama women's golfer Brooke Pancake was honored with the 2011 Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award on Wednesday by the National Golf Coaches Association.

The award goes to the student-athlete who is an upper classman and both a NGCA All-American Scholar and a NGCA All-American.  If more than one student-athlete qualifies, the student-athlete with the highest GPA receives the award.  A donation of $5,000 is given from the Curtis & Edith Cummings Munson Foundation to the general scholarship fund of the recipient's institution.

"This is a well-deserved honor for Brooke," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said Wednesday. "She is the perfect candidate for the award because she is the ultimate combination of student and athlete. I wish everyone could know how dedicated Brooke is to both golf and academics, while also participating in our leadership program and on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. I would also like to thank the Munson family for the support of the NGCA and this award."

Pancake's first three seasons at Alabama has been the best in program history. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native finished last season with first-team NGCA and Golfweek All-America honors on the course and first-team Academic All-America accolades off the course. She has compiled a 4.00 cumulative GPA and is majoring in marketing.

Pancake boasts a school-record 73.27 career scoring average with 15 top-10 finishes and 23 rounds at par or better. She captured her first tournament victory during the 2010-11 season with a win at the Tar Heel Invitational where she shot 11-under-par 205. She is a two-time SEC Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a three-time NGCA All-American Scholar and a three-time All-SEC selection.

The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents over 550 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.