(October 10, 2013) – THE CWSA's 2013 Honda Sports Award winner for golf, Annie Park (Levittown, N.Y.) of the University of Southern California, was formally presented with the honor live at halftime of the USC football game on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 pm (PST), as announced by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda. A representative of Honda, Steve Morikawa, Assistant Vice President of American Honda, was in attendance for the on-field presentation.
Park was present in Los Angeles on June 24th for the broadcast of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda where she was recognized as the best golfer in the nation. At the televised event she was in the running to be “the best of the best in collegiate athletics” as each of the 12 sport winners vied for the coveted Honda Cup. The Honda sport award signifies the best in any sport and the on-campus presentation gives the CWSA the opportunity to recognize Park in front of her own fans and teammates.
The Pac-12 Player of the Year, Park captured her first individual NCAA Women’s Golf Championship and led the Trojans to their third national team title after winning the Pac-12 and NCAA West Regional. As a rookie, she was just the fifth freshman to win the Honda Award in the award’s 37-year history.
She participated in the 2013 U.S. Women's Open making her second appearance among the world's best women golfers this past June and is the third USC golfer to earn the award since Irene Cho ('06) and Mikaela Parmlid ('03).
The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The 2013-14 awards seasons open this fall with winners being selected from the sports of cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. All Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup award presented in June.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.