Parmlid To Be Inducted Into WGCA Players Hall Of Fame
Dec. 3, 2013
Past USC stand-out Mikaela Parmlid and Longwood University great Charlaine Coetzee Hirst will be inducted into the WGCA Players Hall of Fame on Tuesday (Dec. 10). The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. Coetzee Hirst and Parmlid become the 61st and 62nd members, respectively, of the Hall of Fame.
Parmlid competed for the University of Southern California from 1999-2003. She captured five collegiate tournaments during her stint at USC, was a two-time WGCA All-American and All-Pac-10 first teamer and was named the 2003 Honda Award winner for women's golf after a banner senior season in which she won the 2003 NCAA individual crown while leading the Trojans' to their first team title in program history. The Swedish native won a school-record four tournament titles in 2003 and was USC's top finisher in the eight of the 10 events in which she competed, including a second at the Pac-10 Championships. She earned her first All-American and All-Pac-10 first-team honors as a 2002 junior, leading the squad with a career-best stroke average (73.05) while posting eight top-10 finishes, including her first win at the Peg Barnard Collegiate and a third at the Pac-10 Championships. As a 2001 sophomore, Parmlid was second on the team with a 75.1 stroke average while posting two top 10 finishes and seven in the top 20 en route to All-Pac-10 second team honors. She was second on the team in stroke average (74.6) as a 2000 freshman and had two top 10 finishes while earning All-Pac-10 second team honors.
Parmlid turned professional in 2003 and earned exempt status for the 2004 LPGA Tour season. She recorded a LPGA career-best tie for eighth at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in 2009, where she also carded a career-low 62 (-9) in the third round. Parmlid had a successful 2012 season on the Ladies European Tour, where she finished tied forth in the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open, tied third in ISPS Handa Ladies British Masters, and tied second in UNIQA Ladies Golf Open, four strokes behind Caroline Hedwall.
Charlaine Coetzee Hirst is perhaps the most honored student-athlete in Longwood University history, and capped-off her college career when she was selected the first female student-athlete from a Virginia college to earn Today's Top Eight award, the highest honor which the NCAA presents, as chosen by the NCAA Honors Committee. The three-time WGCA Division II National Champion received three major awards in 1995, including the prestigious Today's Top Eight, along with being voted the Honda/Division II Athlete of the Year and the Virginia NCAA Woman of the Year, and was honored on back-to-back nights at the NCAA Convention in Dallas, Texas in January, 1996. Coetzee Hirst was a four-time WGCA All-American (1992-95), as well as a three-time WGCA All-Scholar Team (1993-95) honoree, leading the Lancers to WGCA National Championships in 1993 and 1995. She still holds the school-record for 54-holes (71-71-70--212), established while winning the 1994 national title, and her Longwood career scoring average of 79.15 ranks fourth all-time. A Honda Sports Award nominee for three-straight years, Coetzee Hirst qualified for the 1998 United States Women's Open Golf Championship, and also played on the FUTURES TOUR for nine years (1996-2004).
A native of Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa, Coetzee Hirst is a 1995 Magna Cum Laude graduate as a history major. She is married to retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Jay Hirst and the couple has one daughter and now live in Pinehurst, North Carolina where Coetzee Hirst is at the Country Club of Whispering Pines and is a teaching professional as a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division.