Story Courtesy of KSU Media Relations
KENT, Ohio ? Less than a month after finishing up one of the best careers in the history of the Kent State women’s golf program, Kirby Dreher was named an honorable mention All-American by Golfweek ? the second year in a row the Fort St. John, British Columbia, native was honored by the national publication.
Dreher, Martina Gillen (2001 & ?02) and Tara Delaney (2006 & ?07) are the only All-Americans in the program’s 11-year history, each of whom are two-time honorees.
“Kirby had a great career and an outstanding senior year,” KSU head coach Mike Morrow said. “It is quite an accomplishment to make an All-American team once, much less two years in a row. We’re really going to miss her next year.”
The 2009 Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Year, Dreher was a three-time first team All-MAC selection. This past season, her 74.36 scoring average and +2.36 average versus par were both second in school history as she finished 32nd in Golfweek’s individual rankings and 36th according to Golfstat. She helped lead a line-up consisting of three underclassmen to their 11th straight MAC title and ninth consecutive NCAA regional berth.
The winner of two individual titles in her career, Dreher posted 16 top 10 finishes in 23 events over her final two seasons. In addition, her 75.32 career scoring average trails Delaney’s school record by just .01.
USC freshman Jennifer Song was named the College Player of the Year, while Arizona State’s Melissa Luellen picked up Coach of the Year accolades after leading the Sun Devils to the NCAA Championship.