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Kent State Golfer Sarah Bradley Receives NGCA's Spirit Award

Posted May, 26, 2010

Junior recognized for her inspirational comeback

Kent State junior Sarah Bradley of Cambridge, New Zealand, was presented with the Kim Moore Spirit Award at the recent National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) banquet.

PHoto of Sarah BradleyBradley was involved in a serious car accident in January 2008 as a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. After a year-and-a-half away from collegiate golf, the 2007 All-Big 12 honoree made her debut for the Golden Flashes Sept. 6-8, 2009, at the NGCA Match Play Championship.

Bradley appeared in all 12 tournaments this year for the Flashes, earning second-team All-MAC honors as Kent State advanced to the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in the program’s history. Her 77.6 scoring average was third on the team, and she posted a pair of top-20 finishes on the season.

“Sarah’s had a great comeback both personally and on the golf course — and it’s not over yet either,” Kent State head coach Mike Morrow said. “What she’s accomplished to this point is amazing. Her desire to return to school and play collegiate golf was off the charts. For her to win this award is a tremendous honor.”

The award is dedicated to Kim Moore, who played golf for the University of Indianapolis (1999-2003). Moore was an inspiration to all as she persevered through many physical challenges while playing collegiate golf. Her positive outlook and dedication toward the game was only outdone by her sense of humor and passion for the game.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor a student-athlete or coach who exemplifies a great spirit toward the game of golf, a positive attitude on and off the golf course, a role model for her team and mental toughness in facing challenges.

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Media Contact:
Alan Ashby, aashby2@kent.edu, 330-672-8419