DAPHNE, Ala. —Yani Tseng, the youngest professional golfer, man or woman, to claim five major championships, has earned the United States Sports Academy’s Female July Athlete of the Month Award.
Tseng recently won her second successive Women’s British Open making the 22-year-old sensation the youngest golfer to capture five major titles. When Se Ri Pak (LPGA) and Tiger Woods (PGA) won their fourth major titles, they were both 24. Her victory at Carnoustie, Scotland was also Tseng’s fourth major victory out of the last five women’s major tournaments played. She shot a final round 69 to complete a 16-under 272 total for the tournament to win by four strokes.
The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and ballot voting processes. Visit the Academy website at www.ussa.edu to submit your nominations each month, and then return to the website between the first and second Tuesdays of each month to vote on the Athlete of the Month. The votes along with the Academy’s selection committee choose the winners and they are announced on the Academy’s website and in the online edition of The Sport Update.
The winners will be considered as a candidate for the 2011 Athlete of the Year ballot. In December 2011, the Academy will name the Male and Female Athlete of the Year for the 27th consecutive year. The recipients of these prestigious awards are selected annually through worldwide balloting hosted by the Academy in conjunction with USA Today and NBC Sports.