HU's Cheng Highlights First ODAC Women's Golf Awards

HU's Cheng Highlights First ODAC Women's Golf Awards

R-MC's Albaugh and Bowling also Honored

CAPE CHARLES, Va. --- Hollins University junior Elizabeth Cheng took home two major to highlight the first ODAC Women's Golf All-Conference Awards.  Cheng was named the inaugural ODAC Player of the Year and the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  Randolph-Macon College mentor Leighann Albaugh was tabbed the ODAC Coach of the Year, and Yellow Jacket newcomer Olivia Bowling received ODAC Rookie of the Year laurels.

Cheng, a junior from Virginia Beach, Va., starred on the course and in the classroom.  She maintains a 3.89 grade point average as a Chemistry major.  She is a two-time NGCA All-American Scholar as well as a Hollins University honor student.  She won both the American Chemical Society Award and the Judith Gregory Smith Award in 2012, and is in line for her first All-ODAC Academic Team honor.  On the course, Cheng capped the ODAC season by tying for second at the conference Championships and owns the league's best individual average at 79.4 strokes per round.  In nine events, she placed in the top-10 eight times with seven top-five finishes.  She won three events on the season, posting her victories at the McDaniel Fall Invitational, the Generals Invitational, and the Jekyll Island Women's Intercollegiate.

Albaugh, in her first full season at Randolph-Macon, guided the Yellow Jackets to the team title in the conference championships, topping Hollins by 10 strokes (719-729).  Her team placed in the top five three times, including third at the Generals Invitational and fourth at the Methodist Spring Invitational.  Albaugh has previous coaching experience at the University of Richmond and as the head coach pro at Hollows Golf Club.

Bowling, a freshman from Charlotte Hall, Md., save her best performance for last as she claimed ODAC individual medalist honors with rounds of 87 and 79 (166) to win the conference tournament by four strokes over HU's Cheng and Shelby Estes.  Bowling had a pair of top-five finishes, adding a fifth place showing at the Generals' Invitational to her ODAC finish.  She placed second in the conference with an 84.6 per round average.

For more information on ODAC women's golf, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at  For more on the 2013 ODAC Men's and Women's Golf Championships, visit the ODAC's championship website at

ODAC Player of the Year:  Elizabeth Cheng, Jr., Hollins
ODAC Coach of the Year:  Leighann Albaugh, Randolph-Macon
ODAC Rookie of the Year:  Olivia Bowling, Fr., Randolph-Macon
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete:  Elizabeth Cheng, Jr., Hollins

Olivia Bowling, Fr., Randolph-Macon
Elizabeth Cheng, Jr., Hollins
Andrea Walker, Fr., Bridgewater

Shelby Estes, Fr., Hollins
Rachael Wright, Fr., Washington and Lee

Sara Moir, Fr., Washington and Lee
Marin Warring, Fr., Bridgewater