Lyberty Anderson earns CAA’s top honor


RICHMOND, Virginia ( – UNCW senior Lyberty Anderson has been named as the 2017-18 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golfer-of-the-Year in a unanimous vote of the league’s head coaches.

Anderson, the two-time reigning CAA individual medalist, also joined sophomore Thao My Nguyen on the All-CAA First Team.

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A native of Chesterfield, Va., Anderson becomes the fourth different UNCW student-athlete to earn the CAA’s top women’s golf honor, joining Becky Berzonski (2005), Carmen Perez-Narbon (2007, 2009) and Lori Beth Adams (2013). She leads the CAA with a 73.60 scoring average, the top single-season mark in school history, while posting seven rounds of par or better.

Anderson, a transfer from the University of Virginia, earned a pair of tournament wins during her final year with the Seahawks. She finished in a tie for first place at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic with a five-under-par score (70-69-72=211) before earning her second straight CAA individual title in April.

In two seasons with the Seahawks, Anderson set a school record by authoring a 74.32 scoring average in 50 rounds while posting three tournament wins.

Nguyen, who earned Second-Team All-CAA notice as a freshman, ranked second on the team this year with a 74.24 scoring average while competing in all 10 tournaments. The Hanoi, Vietnam, product matched the school record with nine rounds of par or better and fashioned four top-10 efforts.

Nguyen opened the season with a co-medalist performance at the William & Mary Invitational, carding a two-over-par 218. In addition, she posted a pair of even-par showings at The Landfall Tradition and the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic.

2017-18 All-Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golf Teams

First Team
Name School Year Hometown
Lyberty Anderson UNCW Sr. Chesterfield, Va.
Laura Gomez-Ruiz James Madison Sr. Malaga, Spain
Victoria Huskey College of Charleston So. Greeneville, S.C.
Ariane Klotz Delaware So. Noumea, New Caledonia
Thao My Nguyen UNCW So. Hanoi, Vietnam
Second Team
Name School Year Hometown
Liz Choi William & Mary Jr. Syosset, N.Y.
Alix Lowe Towson Jr. Farmingdale, N.Y.
Heather Munro Elon Sr. Dundee, Scotland
Isi Nilsson College of Charleston Jr. Santiago, Chile
Thitaree Sakulbunpanich Delaware Fr. Bangkok, Thailand
CAA Women’s Golfer of the Year: Lyberty Anderson, UNCW
CAA Women’s Golf Rookie of the Year: Thitaree Sakulbunpanich, Delaware
CAA Women’s Golf Coach of the Year: Jamie Futrell, College of Charleston