ALL-USA High School Girls Golf Team
The team was selected by Chris Langrill, golf correspondent for USA TODAY High School Sports, with help from national golf associations, state associations and media throughout the country.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Don Papasedero, Mercer Island, Wash
Papasedero was at the helm as his girls golf team ran its unbeaten streak to 75 matches in April. That streak was snapped this season, but Mercer Island golfer Rachel Fujitani went on to win medalist honors at Washington's 3A state tournament.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Andrea Lee, Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), sophomore
Lee is just 15 years old, but she's already created some memories that will last a lifetime. One shining example: winning the California state high school championship last fall at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel.
Lee, who is ranked No. 1 in both the Golfweek/Sagarin junior rankings and in the American Junior Golf Association rankings, finished the tournament at 4-under, four strokes ahead of five golfers who finished at even par.
Her chances of winning a state title were derailed by a shoulder injury her freshman year, making her championship win that much sweeter.
“I was really glad that I could eventually win state,” said Lee, who has committed to Stanford. “It's a really great memory for me.”
With her commitment to school and golf at the national level, Lee doesn't think she will make another run at a state title while she attends Mira Costa High as a junior.
But that doesn't mean she's finished creating memories.
In fact, on May 28 she qualified for this week's U.S. Women's Open.
“I'm very excited for that,” said Lee, who will turn 16 on Aug. 15.
Abbey Carlson, Circle Christian (Winter Park, Fla.), sophomore
Carlson, ranked 11th by the AJGA and 19th by Golfweek, finished in a tie for first at 6-under in last fall's Class 1A state finals. Carlson, who is committed to Vanderbilt, and teammate Samantha Wagner (2-under) led the way as Circle Christian won the team title.
Mariel Galdiano, Punahou (Honolulu), sophomore
Ranked No. 13 by Golfweek and 18th by the AJGA, Galdiano won Hawaii's state tournament in April by two strokes. Galdiano's win, coupled with a second-place finish by Aiko Leong, catapulted Punahou to the team title. It was the second straight win for Galdiano and Punahou.
Hannah O'Sullivan, Xavier Prep (Phoenix), sophomore
O'Sullivan, ranked No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior rankings, won Arizona's Division I state title for the second year in a row last fall. Xavier also won the team championship. O'Sullivan has twice been named the Arizona Republic's Girls Golfer of the Year.
Maddie Szeryk, Allen (Texas), senior
The Texas A&M commit won the 5A state title after finishing second as a sophomore and third as a junior and freshman. She is ranked No. 9 by the AJGA and No. 10 by Golfweek. Szeryk won the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior in May by defeating Lee in a playoff.
Alice Chen, Montgomery (Skillman, N.J.), senior
Chen won back-to-back state titles in record-setting fashion. Chen, who is committed to play at Furman, shot a 7-under par 65 at New Jersey's state tournament, besting the previous low score at state by three strokes. She is ranked No. 37 by Golfweek and No. 39 by the AJGA.
Kristen Gillman, Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), sophomore
Gillman won regional and district titles before finishing in second place in Texas' 5A state tournament. She is No. 5 in the AJGA rankings and No. 6 in Golfweek's rankings.
Cheyenne Knight, Aledo (Texas), junior
Knight, who recently moved up to No. 27 in the AJGA rankings, won Texas' 4A state tournament by four strokes.
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington (S.C.), junior
Ranked No. 20 by Golfweek and 21st by the AJGA, Stephenson won last fall's Class AAAA state championship by two strokes.
Bailey Tardy, Norcross (Ga.), junior
Tardy, a University of Georgia commit, finished the AAAAAA state tournament in a tie for first before falling in a playoff. Tardy, ranked No. 11 by Golfweek and No. 12 by the AJGA, has been the Gwinnett Daily Post's Girls Golfer of the Year three years in a row.