FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – While the end of the 2016-2017 golf season signals a bit of a break for most athletes to unwind and relax, Northern Arizona's Sofia Anokhina is doing anything but.
The now-junior Lumberjack, who attests she is "married" to the game of golf, competed at the 2017 Austrian International Ladies Amateur Championship over the weekend and secured a second-place finish in the field after turning in a 9-under-par 63 scorecard during the final round. For the weekend, Anokhina registered a 54-hole tournament score of 4-under 212.
Anokhina's 9-under 63 scorecard from the final round of the AILAC.
Her incredible third-round tally at the AILAC is just the latest chapter in what has been a heck of a 2017 for Anokhina. While there was certainly promise and excitement during her inaugural collegiate season, it was during her spring sophomore campaign where Anokhina truly shined. Competing in six tournaments, she won four of them and became the first NAU golfer since Stephanie Kim in 2010 to win the individual championship at the Big Sky tournament. Anokhina was also named the Big Sky's "Player of the Year," becoming only the sixth Lumberjack golfer to ever garner such a title and the first since Kim in 2011.
Along the way, Anokhina also posted the lowest 36-hole (7-under 137) and 54-hole (12-under 204) scores in program history and recorded the greatest single-season scoring average for NAU golf (73.00).
To put Anokhina's final round score of 63 at the AILAC in context, that would have tied for the second-lowest 18-hole score in the NCAA this 2016-17 golf season.