Pancake named SEC Female Athlete of the Year

Alabama golfer Brooke Pancake has been named SEC Female Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Thursday. With her four-foot putt on the final hole, Pancake helped lead the Crimson Tide to their first-ever national title in May. Kentucky's Anthony Davis was named the conference's Male Athlete of the Year.

Brooke Pancake has been named SEC Female Athlete of the Year, conference commissioner Mike Slive announced Thursday.

Kentucky's Anthony Davis, who is projected as the No. 1 overall pick in tonight's NBA Draft, received the award's male counterpart.

"Anthony and Brooke are true examples of outstanding student-athletes," Slive said in a statement. "They have competed at the highest level of collegiate athletics and through their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence, have been successful in their endeavors.

"They are outstanding representatives of their universities and this conference. The SEC is proud to honor them for their accomplishments and wish them the best in their future endeavors."

Pancake, who recently graduated, helped Alabama to its first-ever NCAA Women's Golf Championship in May with a four-foot putt on the final hole to clinch a one-stroke win over USC.

She was also the 2012 Honda Award winner and a U.S. Open qualifier.

Pancake, who is also a three-time All-American and the Crimson Tide's first two-time first-team All-American, helped lead Bama to its first SEC women's golf title in '10. She finished her collegiate career with a 73.08 scoring average, which is the second best in school history.

"I am truly honored to be recognized by the Southeastern Conference," Pancake said in a statement. "Over the past month, I've had the opportunity to accomplish so many of my goals as an amateur and collegiate golfer, but this is truly humbling. It is hard to believe I have played my last round at Alabama; it has been such a privilege to compete for the Crimson Tide and be a part of the SEC's tradition of excellence."

Other Pancake accolades include being this year's Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, the recipient of the 2011 Edith Cummings Munson Award (highest GPA among first-team All-Americans) and the winner of the 2010 NCAA Elite 88 Award (highest GPA among golfers at the NCAA Championships).

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