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CU Buffs’ Alexis Keating nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Former University of Colorado golfer Alexis Keating has been nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Keating, a native of Elma, Wash. posted a 74.14 stroke average, recorded a pair of top five finishes along with five top 20 finishes as a senior and tied for fifth place for a second consecutive year at the Pac-12 Championships. A 2015-16 Tom Hansen Pac-12 Conference Medal winner, Keating closed out her stellar career ranked third in program history with 96 rounds in the 70s and is ninth on CU’s all-time list with 11 top 20 finishes. In addition, Keating holds the top two rounds in CU postseason history, posting a 66 in back-to-back Pac-12 Championships (2015, 16).

The four-year letter winner graduated in May with a degree in communication and minor in education, owning a 3.59 GPA. She was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team as a senior and was also a two-time Honorable Mention. Keating is planning to attend LPGA Qualifying School, which begins later this summer.

Keating is one of 231 Division I athletes nominated and one of 517 total across all NCAA divisions, which is the most nominations in the 26-year history of the award. The pool of nominees will be narrowed down to 30 honorees by the Woman of the Year selection committee. Then nine finalists—three from each division will be announced in September.

The top 30 selected will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.

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