COLUMBUS, Ga. – Second year in red shirt Alessia Nobilio has been named to the pre-season ANNIKA Awards watch list, it was announced Thursday morning.
Created in 2014, the ANNIKA Prize is awarded annually to the best American college golfer; the winner was voted by players, coaches and members of the college golf media. UCLA’s Alison Lee was the first to win the award in 2014 and Bronte Law won the honor the following season in 2015.
Nobilio competed in 11 events and 33 rounds, posting an average score of 74.2 in his freshman college season. She notched four top 5s, including a T-3rd to lead UCLA to the Pac-12 championships (+1, 217). Nobilio was also a Stanford Intercollegiate runner-up after shooting a 3-under 68 and 2-under 69 to open the tournament, eventually finishing with an even par 216. The Rozzano, Italy native was the Bruins’ top finisher in his first collegiate event at the Molly Collegiate Invitational (T-5th; +3, 219).
This summer, Nobilio won the English Women’s Amateur Championship at Beau Desert Golf Club on August 21 in the playoffs. Nobilio, who shot 74-68-74-71 for the tournament, birdied on the 71st and 72nd holes to level Denmark’s Christina Thouber at +7 at par to go to the extra holes. Nobilio sealed the win with a 20-foot birdie putt from down and across the slope on the third extra playoff hole on the par-4 1st. Nobilio claimed the silverware in front of her father, Alfonso Nobilio, who had not seen her compete in two years.
Nobilio finished the 2021-22 season ranked 90th in the GolfStat.com player rankings.
The UCLA women’s golf team opens its 2022-23 season Sept. 12 at the Olympic Club Invitational in San Francisco, Calif.