Oct. 30, 2008
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – The Colorado Women’s Golf Association named Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton HS) the 2008 Player of the Year. Huffer put together an impressive 2008 on the interscholastic, amateur and collegiate levels that included winning a state championship and making her Irish debut.
Huffer recently concluded the first half of her freshman campaign at Notre Dame. She played in all five of Notre Dame’s fall events and recorded the second-best stroke average on the team with a 75.07 mark. Thirteen of her 15 rounds played for the Irish counted towards Notre Dame’s team scores. Her 13 scored rounds tied for the second-most rounds counted on the team.
Huffer fished among the top-15 in three of the five events, placing 10th at the Mary Fossum Invitational, ninth at the Lady Northern Invitational and 12th at the Landfall Tradition. Only sophomore So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea) bettered Huffer’s mark of three top-15 finishes, as the All-American had four.
At the Mary Fossum Invitational, Huffer fired a 71 in the third round, her first under-par round at the collegiate level. Throughout the fall, Huffer excelled in final round play, carding a 73.40 stroke average in third round play, more than a full stroke better than the next closest Irish golfer.
Huffer returned to her native state when Notre Dame took part in the Heather Farr Memorial tournament, which was played at the Omni Interlocken Golf Club in Broomfield, Colorado. At the two-day event, Huffer helped the Irish to a first place finish. In the second round, she shot a plus-two 74, which helped comprise the lowest team score in program history, a minus-7 281.
Before making her way to Notre Dame, Huffer’s success in the 2008 calendar year began in Colorado at the interscholastic level. She shot a five-under par 139 to win the Colorado State Championship by a record 13 strokes. She also won the Colorado Public Links Qualifier by three shots, carding a 73. In the 2008 Colorado Women’s Open, Huffer was the low amateur, and finished second overall, with a 221 (75-71-74).
Huffer is no stranger to success, and the awards that accompany such success, within the state of Colorado. The Rocky Mountain News honored Huffer as its All-Colorado player of the year in 2006. She was also a three-time All-Colorado selection by the newspaper. In 2003, she became the youngest individual to qualify for the USGA Girls’ Junior Championship. During the 2005 playing season, Huffer captured the CWGA Women’s Match Play Championship and the CWGA Junior Stroke Play Championship.
For winning the 2008 CWGA Player of the Year award, Huffer will be honored at the 2008 Colorado Golf Awards Brunch on Sunday, November 23 at the Inverness Hotel and Golf Club. The brunch will also honor the CGA and CJGA Champions from the 2008 tournament season as well as the CGA Player of the Year.