Women's Golf Head Coach John O'Connor Named Northeast Conference Co-Coach of the Year

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's golf head coach John O'Connor was named the Northeast Conference Co-Coach of the Year, as announced by the NEC office on May 9, 2012.

O'Connor completed his second season as head coach of the two-year old sport with a pair of upsets at the NEC Championship at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. on April 27-29. O'Connor guided the Bobcats, who were tabbed to finish last in the NEC Coaches' Preseason Poll, to a ninth place finish. Quinnipiac topped Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis (N.Y.), finishing six strokes ahead of the Mount and 152 strokes better than the Terriers.

It marked the third time this season the Bobcats outplayed St. Francis (N.Y.), after finishing two spots ahead at the Monmouth Hawk Invitational and the ECAC Championships. In addition to St. Francis (N.Y.), Quinnipiac finished ahead of Holy Cross at the Hawk Invitational, Sacred Heart Fall Classic and ECAC Championship.

O'Connor helped guide a Quinnipiac line-up that featured team Most Valuable Player Kayla Ketcheson (St. Andrews, Manitoba), who broke the single-round as well as two-day and three-day tournament program records, while averaging a team-best 84.08 average per round. Freshman Hannah Russell (Monson, Mass.) sat behind Ketcheson with a 90.00 average followed by senior captain Amanda Nagel (Greenwood, Minn.) at 92.14. First-year Bobcats Nichole Ferretti (Rumson, N.J.) was at 93.45 while Jennifer Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.), who led the team in rounds played and also shot the team's third lowest score, factored in at 95.50.

One constant throughout the season was continuous improvement from one round to the next by each member of the Bobcats' line-up at every tournament this year. In average scores per first round, compared to final round scores, the Bobcats improved by an average of 3.19 strokes individual from round-to-round.

Next season, O'Connor will bring on-board 2011 New York City Championships and Metropolitan Junior Golf Match Play Champion, as well as MET PGA Player of the Year Krissy Unger (Northport, N.Y.) and 2011 Central Connecticut Conference Individual Champion Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Conn.).

Contact: Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)