Eaton earns national accolade
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.-Wellesley College’s Kimberly Eaton has been named the Ping/National Golf Coaches Association Division III Player of the Year. The Shepherdstown native ended her college golf career on a high note, being presented with her award at the NCAA Championships in Florida last week.
This year, Eaton has also been named a first-team All-American by the NGCA, as well as a first-team All-Region selection. This was the fourth All-American selection for the golfer. She is one of only three other Wellesley College athletes in the program’s history to have been named an All-American. For Wellesley’s golf team, Eaton was ranked first or second among Division III golfers in nearly every statistical report, claiming three tournament wins and earning medalist honors at the Dartmouth Invitational, the Vassar Regional and the Jack Leaman Invitational.
This spring, Eaton graduates from Wellesley College in Massachusetts as the most decorated golfer in program history.
Along with the All-American and All-Region accomplishments, she owns two of the top NCAA finishes in Wellesley history, as she has twice finished 10th at the tournament.
In 2010, she recorded the lowest round at the tournament, vaulting her up 11 spots to make the top 10.
This season, she recovered from a slow start on day one, to move up 27 spots before the tournament was cut short due to inclement weather.
In 2010, Eaton finished in a strong fourth place in the West Virginia Women’s Amateur Championship, shooting one under par for her 54-hole total at The Pines Country Club in Morgantown.
The NGCA Player of the Year award is given annually to the best player in Division I, II and III women’s golf.
Criteria used to evaluate each player are: head-to-head competition, comparison with common opponents, scoring average, place finishes in regular season events and tournament wins and strength of schedule.