Alabama's Pancake Wins Honda Award

Brooke Pancake has done it all over the past four years for The University of Alabama women's golf team, up to and including making the final shot that earned the Crimson Tide this year's national championship. As a result, Pancake has earned her share of honors.

On Tuesday it was announced that Alabama's Brooke Pancake has won the 2012 Honda Sports Award in golf, given annually to the nation's top female collegiate golfer.

The Honda Sports Award is awarded to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports who are then automatically eligibility to become a "Top Three" finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Pancake was voted over three other nominees for the 2012 award.

Pancake's collegiate career culminated with a four-foot par putt on the 18th hole that secured the Tide's first national championship in women's golf with a one-stroke victory over USC. A three-time All-America, twice earning first team honors, she finished her career with a 73.08 scoring average and led the team in 2011-12 with a 72.52 stroke average.

"There was no player I would rather have with that last shot," Bama Coach Mic Potter said. "Over the course of her career, she's become such a complete player, a great competitor and a tremendous ambassador for our program. Off the course, I can't say enough about what she's accomplished. She's the best scholar-athlete in women's golf and the epitome of the complete student-athlete."

Pancake was the individual runner-up in the NCAA Tournament.

"I am ecstatic about the Honda Award," Pancake said. "I honestly couldn't ask for a better way to cap off my collegiate career."

The Chattanooga native was graduated from The Capstone in May with a bachelor's degree in marketing. She carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average for four years.

Pancake followed the NCAA Championships by playing in a U.S. Open qualifier before traveling to Scotland where she is currently preparing to compete as part of the United States Curtis Cup team.

"I have been on cloud nine and hope to keep the joy and success going here in Scotland," Pancake said. "I am honored to know I have left The University on such a high and am excited to see the future success of the program."

A first-team Capital One Academic All-American, Pancake earned the Edith Cummings Munson Award from the NGCA in 2011 as the student-athlete with the highest GPA among first-team All-America athletes. She also earned the Elite 88 award, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at an NCAA Championships final site, in 2010. A three-time SEC Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a three-time NGCA Scholar Athlete, she is also a four-year All-SEC performer.

Pancake is the first Alabama golfer to earn the award and joins UA gymnasts Penney Hauschild (1985 and 1986), Dee Foster (1993), Andreé Pickens (2002), Jeana Rice (2004), Ashley Miles (2006) and Kayla Hoffman (2011) as the Tide's Honda Award winners.

The Honda Award is based on the results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of The Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 36th year

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has sponsored The Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program for 27 consecutive years. Honda has donated more than $2 million in grants and sponsorships to universities over the course of

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