May 3, 2018
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior women's golfer Jacquelyn Eleey (Quincy, Mass./The Taft School) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year, when the BIG EAST announced its all-conference awards on Thursday. Additionally, junior Christina Parsells (Bernardsville, N.J./Kent Place) was selected to the All-BIG EAST team and the GU coaching staff was named the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.
Eleey, who earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors after winning the 2015 BIG EAST Championship, became the first women's golfer in BIG EAST history to win two individual conference titles when she won the 2018 BIG EAST Championship on April 22. She carded a three-day score of 6-over par 222, including a 1-over par 73 over the final 18 holes, to win by seven strokes. Eleey has played in all 30 rounds as a senior and compiled a 74.80 stroke overage. She has won three of the 10 tournaments and turned in seven top-10 performances.
Eleey has been named All-BIG EAST all four years of her career and become the second-straight Hoya, and second overall, to be named BIG EAST Player of the Year. Junior Alexa Popowitz (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's) earned the honor last season.
Parsells joins Eleey on the All-BIG EAST team for the third-consecutive season. The junior tied for second at last month's BIG EAST Championship, and was the individual leader heading into the final round. The junior has played in all 30 rounds this year and is second on the squad with a 76.37 stroke average. She has turned in four top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments this year, and has been among the top five twice.
Head Coach Kate Schanuel, in her first year on the Hilltop, and Volunteer Assistant Coach John Cregan were named the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year, marking the second-straight year the GU staff has earned the award. As a team, the Hoyas have won a program-record five tournaments this season, including the program's second BIG EAST Championship, and have finished in the top 10 in nine of their 10 events. Individually, Georgetown has earned medalist honors four times, three by Eleey and one by Popowitz, and the GU has turned in 20 different top-10 and nine top-five individual performances.
Georgetown will play in next week's NCAA Austin Regional, hosted by the University of Texas. The Hoyas will go up against 17 other teams and six individuals, May 7-9, at The University of Texas Golf Club. The Blue & Gray earned the automatic bid out of the BIG EAST when it won its second-consecutive BIG EAST Championship on April 22, pulling away in the final round to win by 20 strokes with a three-day score of 39-over par 903.