2016 - Bronte Law, UCLA
Bronte Law is the third winner of the ANNIKA Award presented by 3M, the second from UCLA. Law was named the PING WGCA Player of the Year, as well as a WGCA First Team All-American. The top-ranked collegiate golfer, according to Golfweek, led the Bruins with a 70.6 scoring average this season, posting eight Top 10s in nine events, including a co-medalist finish at the Bryan Regional. It was her third victory of the season (Stanford Intercollegiate and PING/ASU Invitational) and the sixth of her career to tie Kay Cockerill for the most in school history.
In her last four events prior to the NCAA Championships, she finished T-1, second (Pac-12 Championships), first (PING/ASU) and second (Bruin Wave Invitational). She had 20 rounds under par and 11 in the 60's. Law, who was named All-Pac-12 First Team, finished ninth in stroke play at the NCAA Championships and never trailed in both of her match-play contests.
She was the first ANNIKA Award winner to receive an exemption to compete in the Evian Championship, the final LPGA major of the year.
“For me it is such an honor to be associated with Annika,” said Law in an interview with Golf Channel’s Lisa Cornwell. “All year it has really been my goal to win the ANNIKA Award. To see such good players win it in the previous two years, to be named the winner, it means so much. Not only because you are considered one of the best players in college golf, but the fact that it is voted for by your peers, the media, and all of the coaches."
“I can’t explain how proud I am to be a Bruin,” Law continued. “It is something I never thought I would experience.”
“I’ve known Bronte since I was 17, and she is such a hard worker, a super intense competitor,” said 2014 ANNIKA Award winner and former UCLA teammate Alison Lee. “I am super proud and she deserves everything with winning this award.”