Bridgeport, W. Va. – Late Tuesday night, the Mountain East Conference (MEC) announced their annual Men’s and Women’s Golf Postseason Awards for the 2021-2022 season. After the Wheeling University Women’s Golf team won the Fall MEC Championship, they were rewarded with three players making the All-MEC team. Junior Emily Holzopfel made the first team, and was named MEC Women’s Golfer of the Year, senior Olivia Zampedro made the second team, and freshman Nicole Lincicome earned Honorable mention for their efforts this season.
In the fall, Holzopfel was the individual Champion at the 2021 MEC Championships, shooting a 239 and beating the field by two strokes. She was consistently one of the top golfers in the MEC and was the MEC Women’s Golfer of the Week award recipient back on September 15th. She had an average round score of 80.5 during the fall season and added an under-80 stroke round in her first outing of the spring season to keep the momentum going. Holzopfel picked up three first place finishes throughout the year and looks to continue to power her team as they head towards the 2022 NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships in mid-May.
For senior Olivia Zampedro, it was a very consistent season as she shot in the mid-80’s range for most of the year and was Wheeling’s second leading golfer. In the fall season, she finished in a tie for the ninth at the MEC Championships and put together one of her best rounds of the season when she shot an 83 in the second round. Zampedro is the only four-year member of the team currently on the roster and is bringing home All-MEC honors for the first time in her career. She averaged a single round score of 85.2 as she looks to wrap up her senior season on a high note heading towards postseason play.
Wrapping up the list of Women’s Golfer All-MEC honors is freshman Nicole Lincicome, who earned Honorable Mention honors for her work this season. Lincicome has burst onto the scene for the Cardinals in her freshman season playing a big role in the team’s fall championship. She averaged a single-round score of 86.3 this season and saved her best performance for last when she shot an 80 during the second round of the MEC Championships. She has been a big addition to the Cardinals links team and is rewarded with the first All-Conference award of her Collegiate career.
Across all sports this season, the Cardinals have now had 23 student-athletes get recognized with All-MEC honors this season. For Women’s Golf, it is the most All-Conference honorees since they had three All-MEC winners back during the 2016-2017 season. They now look ahead with three more invitationals ahead of them before they head to the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships in May.
The Wheeling University Women’s Golf team Returns to action on Monday, April 4th, when they head to the NC4K Classic Hosted by Ohio Dominican University at the Jefferson Country Club.