2020 - Natalie Srinivasan, Furman
A native of Spartanburg, S.C., Srinivasan, winner of the 2020 ANNIKA Award, concluded the 2019-20 season as the top-ranked active collegiate women’s golfer, according to the rankings released by Golfstat. She boasted an adjusted scoring average of 70.51.
The 2020 WGCA PING Player of the Year, Srinivasan won two tournaments, the Glass City Invitational and the Lady Paladin Invitational, in September then opened the 2020 spring season with an individual victory at the Moon Golf Invitational in Melbourne. In March, she finished as runner up at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head. Srinivasan, who earned an invitation to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur for the second consecutive year, paced the Paladins with a 70.8 stroke average over 18 rounds in 2019-20, the best single-season stroke average ever for a Paladin women’s golfer. A WGCA first team All-American in 2020, she concludes her Paladin career with a 72.6 stroke average over 118 rounds, the best career stroke average in Furman women’s golf history.
“I am so proud of Natalie for winning the ANNIKA Award,” said Furman head coach Jeff Hull. “She had an amazing career at Furman and to cap it off with this award is a testament to her hard work and dedication during her time here. This award is so important because it comes from the players, coaches, and media around the country. I can’t think of a more deserving player than Natalie.”
A three-time All-SoCon selection, Srinivasan has been honored as an All-American twice by the WGCA and for three-consecutive seasons by Golfweek. She finished in a tie for 17th at the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019. The 2018 Southern Conference Player of the Year, Srinivasan competed in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and has been ranked among the nation’s best collegiate golfers throughout her career.