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Associated Press, Published June 23 2010

Golf: Amy Anderson nabs NDAPSSA honor

Amy Anderson emerged on the national golf scene last summer, winning the USGA Junior Amateur.

For that, the Oxbow, N.D., golfer has been chosen the non-school athlete of the year by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

The Bismarck Bobcats, for winning the North American Junior Hockey League championships, were chosen as the non-school team of the year.

Anderson, who recently completed her freshman season at North Dakota State and was named the Summit League golfer of the year, also excelled outside of collegiate competition.

At the USGA Junior Amateur, Anderson was the medalist in stroke play, carding a 3-under-par 141 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Anderson went on to defeat former U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Kimberly Kim

6-and-5 in the 36-hole match-play final.

“That was a really cool experience,” Anderson said. “It’s the biggest junior tournament in the country. ... That week my game was on. I putted really well, and I hit the ball great, and I beat one of my heroes, in Kelly Kim.”

It was the first time since 2004 that a player was both medalist and match-play champion.

Anderson became just the fourth golfer from North Dakota to win a USGA event, joining Beverly Hansen (1950 U.S. Women’s Amateur), Mike Podolak (1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur) and Shane McMenamy (1996 U.S. Junior Amateur).

“Most people don’t expect someone from North Dakota to be that good at golf,” Anderson said.

Anderson went on to compete in the PGA Junior Championship, placing 10th in the girls division. Anderson four-round score at TPC River Bend in Maineville, Ohio, was a two-over-par 290.

The Bismarck Bobcats compiled a 39-11-8 regular-season record, easily winning another Central Division title. The Bobcats then went 9-2 in the postseason to win their first Robertson Cup championship.

“We kept adding pieces, and each piece added made us stronger,” said coach Bryan Pool.

In all, 10 Bobcats ended up signing on to play Division I hockey.