College golf is back, which means it’s time to look at Player of the Year candidates.
The Annika Award presented by Stifel honors the player of the year in college men’s golf, as selected by college golfers, coaches and members of the college golf media.
Last year, Rose Zhang dominated college golf, earning the Annika Award for the second straight year. She went on to win her first start as a professional at the Mizuho Americas Open and is now a part of the United States Solheim Cup team.
On Monday, the Annika Foundation announced its 2023-24 Annika Award preseason watch list. The players are listed alphabetically. Players on the Annika Award Watch List were selected by a panel of Golfweek and Golf Channel writers.
Here’s a look at the 25 golfers on the preseason watch list.
The preseason second-team All-America selection, is ranked 33rd in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and is a fifth-year senior. In her career, she has one tournament title, 18 top-10s and seven other top-20 finishes.
Avery has won four times for the Trojans and carded 11 top-10 finishes. This summer, she made match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and also played in the U.S. Women’s Open. She’s a two-time All-American, earning third-team honors last season.
Campos was a first-team All-America selection last season and played in the U.S. Women’s Open. She was also on the 2023 Palmer Cup team. She had two victories last season as a sophomore.
Darling, a junior, is a two-time All-American and has nine top-five finishes in her first two seasons at South Carolina. She also advanced to the semifinals of the Women’s Amateur Championship in 2022.
Ganne won her first collegiate tournament in the first start…