University of Houston-Victoria’s Heather Shake continues
to make history for the Jaguars women’s golf program after becoming the first
UHV women’s player to earn All-American honors.
The freshman from Pearland, competing in her first
collegiate season, was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics (NAIA) 2014 Women’s Golf All-America second team on Wednesday.
She was one of 45 student-athletes honored, with 15
individuals being named to each of the first, second and third teams.
“This is great recognition not only for Heather but for
our program,” UHV golf coach Brian Williamson said. “She is a very dedicated
and hard worker on and off the course and is truly very deserving of the
After missing the fall season, Shake, made the best of
her chances in the spring winning three of the six tournaments she competed in,
along with compiling a 75.47 scoring average. She also finished the year ranked
seventh in the Golfstat NAIA Head-to-Head standings.
After finishing fourth in her first collegiate tournament,
she went on to win three of the next four events she played in and became the
first UHV women’s golfer to earn a berth to the NAIA National Championships.
She claimed individual honors at the Loyola New Orleans Invitational, and then
qualified for the NAIA National Championships with a win at the Association of
Independent Institutions Conference Championships.
Her third win came at the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf
Championships prior to the NAIA Championships.
Unfortunately, Shake was unable to compete for the title at
the NAIA Championships after she learned she was disqualified following the
first round for using a nonconforming club during the round. The DQ ended up
costing her a round of 78, but she was allowed to continue playing the next two
rounds where she carded scores of 81-80.
Even though the national championships didn’t go as she had
planned, she was still able to bring back and honor when she was awarded the
tournament’s Character Act Award for her positive handling of the
Her best score of the season came in her very first
collegiate round where she shot a 1-under 71 at the UHV Claud Jacobs
Intercollegiate. Her worst round also came in the first round of the Northwood
Bluebonnet Classic where she overcame an 83 to post back-to-back 73s and tie
for second individually.