April 15, 2008

Henderson Earns All-Conference Nod

April 15, 2008


Complete Big Sky release

OGDEN, Utah -- Northern Colorado senior Jenny Henderson can now add all-Big Sky to her resume.

Henderson (Fargo, N.D.), fresh off another top-20 finish (she tied for sixth) at last week's Big Sky Preview women's golf tournament in Phoenix, was announced Monday as an all-conference first-team member by the Big Sky Conference office.

The all-conference second-team was also released Monday, as were the conference's player of the year (Northern Arizona's Sophia Choi) and freshman of the year (Eastern Washington's Kristina Gargaro). Rankings provided by Golfstat were used to determine all-conference teams and individual award winners.

Henderson, who finished the Bears' regular season with a 77.78-strokes-per-round average, was Northern Colorado's top event-finisher eight times this season and was the Big Sky's player of the week three times.

"The Big Sky is a strong conference for women's golf," Northern Colorado coach Brandon White said. "So it's a great thing for her to be on that first-team list. There are a bunch of great players on that list."

Henderson's best finish this season came in September at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Kenneth Smith Classic, where she finished with medalist honors after shooting a 149 (75, 74) two-round total.

She started the spring season by tying for 43rd (167 two-round total) at the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz., but that was the last time she finished outside of the top 20 in the final team standings.

She tied for sixth (161) against Wyoming in early March at Greeley Country Club, for third (160) at the Cal-State Bakersfield Invitational in mid-March in Bakersfield, Calif., and for 13th (231 three-day total) at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic earlier this month in Chandler, Ariz.

Henderson is the first Northern Colorado golfer to earn Big Sky Conference first-team status.

"It's a great accomplishment," White said, "for her to be on that list in her senior year with some of the best players in the Big Sky."