Hayley Milbourn Named NGCA Division III Freshman of the Year


AMHERST, MA – The National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) announced last night the 2007-08 student-athlete and coaches awards for Division III Women’s Collegiate Golf. In addition to earning NGCA All-Region and All-America First Team honors, Amherst College first-year Hayley Milbourn (Baltimore, MD) was named the Division III Freshman of the Year.

Milbourn is one of only 10 golfers named to the All-Region East Team and one of eight to earn Duramed FUTURES Tour NGCA Division III All-America First Team honors. The NGCA recognizes an All-America First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention group, but Milbourn is the only NESCAC golfer to earn All-America status at any level.

The Freshman of the Year honor is well-deserved for Milbourn, who took home the individual title in five of Amherst’s nine matches this year and was the runner-up in two others. The Lord Jeff rookie sensation jumped onto the national scene by winning her first two collegiate matches and finished the year in similar fashion, as she wrapped up the spring season by placing first individually in Amherst’s final two tournaments.

Amherst’s fall season kicked off with the Dartmouth Invitational, which featured national powerhouses like Harvard University. After shooting a 71 on the first day, Milbourn fought off several Harvard golfers that nipped at her heels and held on for a one-stroke victory, finishing the weekend at two over par. The following weekend, Milbourn earned another one-stroke victory to lead the Jeffs at the Mount Holyoke Invitational.

The Vassar Invitational featured yet another one-stroke victory for Milbourn, who improved on her first-round score of 83 to shoot a 77 on the second day and storm back for the win. A second-place finish at the Massachusetts State Championships followed on the ensuing Friday, just one day before kicking off the Jack Leaman Invite in Amherst. Milbourn was tied for the lead after the first day of the Leaman Invite, but pulled away by shooting a 76 on day two.

The spring season concluded at Williams College, where Milbourn led the Jeffs to a third place finish by shooting a 154 for the individual crown. After shooting an 80 on Saturday, Milbourn’s 74 on Sunday tied the Taconic women’s collegiate competition record set by Middlebury’s Julie Ellenberger in 2006.

The NGCA, 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 nearly 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

Hayley Milbourn’s 2007-08 Results
Fall Matches
@ Dartmouth – 1st (71-75-146)
@ Mt. Holyoke – 1st (76-79-155)
@ Williams – T7th (80-82-162)
@ Wellesley – 2nd (81-74-155)
Spring Matches
@ Jekyll Island Invite – 14th (86-77-82-245)
@ Vassar – 1st (83-77-160)

Mass. State Championships – 2nd (42-37-79)
JACK LEAMAN INVITE – 1st (82-76)
@ Williams – 1st (80-74-154)