COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 9, 2018) - Junior Courtney Ewing (Pueblo West, Colo.) of the Colorado State University-Pueblo women's golf team was honored as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Year Wednesday, in an announcement from the league office. Rachanok Rahulpan (Jr., Pathumthani, Thailand) was named All-RMAC First Team, while Orakorn Thirayatorn (Jr., Meang Khonkaen, Thailand) gathered All-RMAC Second Team recognition in their first seasons with the ThunderWolves.
The major awards, along with All-RMAC First and Second Teams were determined by the Golfstat rankings following the RMAC Golf Championships.
Ewing, who was also named All-RMAC First Team, becomes the second member of the ThunderWolves to earn the distinction as the league's women's player of the year, as Leina Kim was recognized three consecutive seasons from 2013-15. Ewing was also named the RMAC Women's Golf Academic Player of the Year last week.
The ThunderWolves tied for second at the RMAC Championships, while Ewing qualified for the NCAA West Region Championships, which concludes today.
The junior entered the region championships with a 74.79 stroke average (almost six strokes better than last season) to not only lead the team but rank No. 31 in NCAA Division II. She totaled 49 birdies in 19 rounds of play and headed to the regional ranked No. 58 in the Golfstat player rankings. Ewing gathered medalist honors at the RMAC Championship, as she tied for fifth at nine-over. Ewing was a four-time RMAC Golfer of the Week award winner this season. She shot her low round of the season in the second round of the NCAA West Regional Preview at the Hillcrest Golf Club Sept. 19, when she carded a 69 to finish the tournament tied for second at +2. In nine tournaments before the region championships, Ewing finished top 5 four times and top 10 on five occasions with a top 20 placing in all nine tournaments in 2017-18. She had five rounds at even-par or better this season.
Rahulpan posted a scoring average of 77.89 in her first season with the Pack. She played in all nine tournaments and totaled two top five finishes and placed top 20 on six occasions. After shooting 75-79--154 (+10) she finished third at the Midwestern State Invitational. At the 2017 RMAC Fall Preview she tied for fifth at 10-over. Her best two-round tournament came at the Mustang Intercollegiate where she shot 74-74--148 (+4) to finish tied for 23rd. Rahulpan carded a low-round of 74 on four occasions.
In her first season with the ThunderWolves, Thirayatorn averaged 79.05. She totaled five top 20 finishes in nine tournaments. The junior placed 11th in the season opener at the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational where she was 10-over for the tournament. Her low round of the season came at the Pack Spring Invite where she shot a 73 on day two to close the tournament seven-over and tied for 13th. Thirayatorn capped the season with a strong performance at the RMAC Championships where she tied for 12th with a 76-78-77--231 (+15).
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.