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          Release: 03/08/2007
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Golden Panthers on the LPGA Tour

Pat Bradley (’75)
LPGA Hall of Fame member Pat Bradley joined the professional tour in 1974 and got her first win at the Girl Talk Classic in 1976. Her breakout year was 1978, when she won three times. Bradley's best years came in the early to mid 1980s. She led the LPGA in wins in 1983 (4) and 1986 (5). Her first major came at the 1980 du Maurier Classic and then she added the 1981 U.S. Women's Open and 1985 du Maurier. But 1986 is the year Bradley will forever be remembered. That year, she won three of the four LPGA majors - the du Maurier, Kraft Nabisco Championship and LPGA Championship. She also finished fifth in the U.S. Women's Open and won the money title and scoring titles that year. Her last big year was 1991, when Bradley won four times, captured her second money and scoring titles and was named Player of the Year for a second time. She played collegiately at FIU in 1973-74 and was the university’s first-ever All-America athlete.

Michelle Dobek (’87)
Michelle Dobek turned professional in 1990 after a successful run on the Futures Tour where she was a two-time winner. After a two-year hiatias, she returned to the tour in 1995 and a year later, recorded her first career hole-in-one during the fourth round of the Twelve Bridges LPGA Classic and tied for 10th place at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, her best finish ever in a major. Dobek posted her career-best finish in 1996 with a tie for ninth at the Star Bank LPGA Classic where she recorded a career-best score of 67 during the final round. Dobek competed at FIU from 1985-87 and placed second at the Florida State Collegiate in 1987. As an amateur in 1984, she was a semifinalist in the Doherty Cup.

Moira Dunn (’94)
Moira Dunn has played professionally since 1989 with 301 tour stops and two LPGA holes-in-one to her credit. In 2001 she earned a career-best $335,307 while playing in 24 tournaments. That year, her best finish was a second-place showing at the Wendy’s Championship for Children at New Albany and the First Union Betsy King Classic. Three years later, she picked up her first tournament win, firing a 12-under par, 204, to capture the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic. Dunn turned professional in August 1994 when she qualified for the Tour at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she tied for 20th to earn exempt status for the 1995 season. She was a two-time All-American in 1993 and 94 while a member of the Florida International University golf team.

Terry-Jo Myers (’84)
Terry-Jo Myers was an 18-year touring professional with three wins to her credit at the 1988 Mayflower Classic and nearly 10 years later at the 1997 Los Angeles Women’s Championship and Sara Lee Classic where she beat Laurel Kean with par on fifth extra playoff hole. She had 16 top-10 career finishes and won of the 1997 Heather Farr Player Award. Myers is a national spokesperson for the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) and has testified before the U.S. Senate in an effort to raise funds for research. She received the 1998 Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America and launched the “On Course for Better Health” program with Dottie Pepper in 2000 and 2001. Myers was also co-winner with Dottie Pepper of the 2001 Daytona Beach (Fla.) Kiwanis Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Becky Pearson (’78)
A retired LPGA veteran who participated in 363 events over a 16-year professional career, Becky Pearson’s top year was in 1986 when she collected a tournament victory at the Chrysler-Plymouth Classic. That year, she also tied for second at the Mazda Japan Classic, tied for third at the Mazda Classic and tied for fourth at the McDonald’s Championship. She had a total of 10 top-10 professional finishes including a tie for second place at the 1986 Mazda Japan Classic. Pearson laid the groundwork for her professional career as a Minnesota amateur. She captured the Minnesota State Junior in 1972 and ’73 and was a quarter-finalist the following year in the USGA Girls Junior. A 1978 All-American golfer at FIU, Pearson was a semi-finalist in the 78 Doherty Challenge Cup and a runner-up in the 1979 USGA Public Links Championship.

Brenda Rego (’78)

Brenda Rego played in 30 LPGA events from 1975-81 with a top finish of 31st place at the 1977 Bent Tree Ladies Classic. After her playing days, she became the first female Class A member of the Aloha Section PGA. She has been a professional at the Wailea Golf Club  in Maui, Hawaii, since 1998, and currently oversees operations at the Wailea Gold and Emerald courses. Last year, she was named the 2006 Assistant Pro of the Year by the Aloha Section PGA. Rego helped FIU to a 1978 state championship and a third-place finish at the AIAW Senior Nationals. That year, she won the prestigious Women’s Southern Intercollegiate and the following summer, captured the Hawaii Women’s State Amateur Championship.

Nancy Rubin-Sharff (’80)
Nancy Rubin-Sharff played on the LPGA Tour from 1980-95 and enjoyed her best campaign in 1990, when she earned $50,362 on the strength of three top-20 finishes and she posted her career-low round of 66 on the final day of the 1990 LPGA Corning Classic. Her career-best finish was a third-place showing at the 1983 Inamori Classic. She played in a single-season career-high 28 events in 1982, 1987 and 1990. Rubin-Sharff attended FIU and was a 1980 AIAW All-American, which followed an extensive amateur career that was capped off by winning the 1980 Doherty Challenge Cup a year after claiming runner-up honors in that event. As an amateur in 1976, she won the Pennsylvania State Junior and the PGA National Junior Championship.

Michelle Simpson (’01)
Michelle Simpson played in 12 LPGA tournaments from 2004-06 but before then, played on the Futures Tour where her best finish was a tie for ninth at the Stratton Mountain Futures Classic.  She earned non-exempt status for the 2005 LPGA Tour season after a 37th-place tie at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament Presented by American Airlines. After turning professional in 2001, she played in 41 events on the Futures Tour and won an event on the 2003 Next Generation Women’s Tour. As an amateur, Simpson was the Jacksonville, Fla., Titleist Tour Player of the Year from 1996-97 and competed in the 1997 and 2001 U.S. Women's Amateur Championships. She won 11 collegiate tournaments while attending FIU and was a 2001 NCAA All-American.

Mary Beth Zimmerman (’83)
Twenty-four year LPGA veteran Mary Beth Zimmerman competed in 433 professional events with four tour victories to her credit. She picked up top medalist honors twice in 1986 at the Samaritan Turquoise Classic and at the Uniden LPGA Invitational. She also earned top honors at the Henredon Classic and won on a second playoff hole at the 1995 State Farm Rail Classic. Additionally, she finished among the top-10 in 20 other LPGA events. Zimmerman earned $221,072 in her top year during 1986. A golfer by the age of 11, Zimmerman was the 1980 Broadmoor champion and the 1983 Florida State Collegiate champion. In 1980, she was named an All-American while playing at FIU.


Honor Roll

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Pat Bradley (left) was a member of FIU’s inaugural Athletics Hall
of Fame class, inducted in ceremonies on Nov. 17, 2006.
Presenting Bradley with her commemorative plaque was her
FIU golf coach Mary Dagraedt.

All-America
2001   Michelle Simpson
1994   Moira Dunn
1993   Moira Dunn
1985   Anette Peitersen
1983   Mary Beth Zimmerman
1980   Nancy Rubin
1978   Becky Pearson
1973   Pat Bradley

Academic All-America
2008   Monica Arreaza
2005   Laura Viveros
2002   Laura Leone
1983   Maryann Hayward

All-Sun Belt Conference
2008   Paula Hurtado
          Cristina Marin
2007   Maria Hernandez
          Susan Nam
2006   Susan Nam
2005   Maria Hernandez
          Rebecca Samuelsson
          Laura Viveros
2004   Courtney Burdick
          Liz Stuart
2001   Ellen Dunne
          Michelle Simpson
2000   Ellen Dunne
          Michelle Simpson
1999   Ellen Dunne
          Michelle Simpson

SBC Player of the Week/Month
2008   Cristina Marin (February)
2006   Susan Nam (February)
2004   Laura Viveros (February)
2003   Courtney Burdick (October)
2001   Michelle Simpson (March 21)
          Michelle Simpson (April 4)
2000   Ellen Dunne (April 5)

 

 

 

SBC Academic Honor Roll
2008   Monica Arreaza
          Roberta Neves
2007   Monica Arreaza
          Mylene Forget
          Roberta Neves
          Stephanie Thomas
          Therese Wackenstedt
2006   Monica Arreaza
          Mylene Forget
          Susan Nam
          Roberta Neves
          Angela Ricaute
          Jessica Salazar
2005   Mylene Forget
          Laura Leone
          Angela Ricaurte
          Laura Viveros
2004   Courtney Burdick
          Mylene Forget
          Laura Leone
          Natasha Lorenz
          Laura Viveros
2003   Courtney Burdick
          Laura Leone
          Cynthia Pilat
          Marika Pluta
          Elizabeth Stuart
2002   Cynthia Pilat
          Lindsay Rigby
          Andrea Sarrat
2001   Courtney Burdick
          Michelle Simpson
2000   Kristine Pushkin
          Cunthia Pilat
1999   Michelle Simpson

Atlantic Sun
(formerly Trans America Athletic Conference)
Coach of the Year
1994   John Cusano
1993   John Cusano

Atlantic Sun
(formerly Trans America Athletic Conference)
Player of the Year
1993   Moira Dunn
1992   Moira Dunn

All-Atlantic Sun
1998   Michelle Simpson
1997   Trisha Grier
1994   Moira Dunn
          Karen Penfold
          Cathy Strong
1993   Jill Cicora
          Moira Dunn
          Karen Penfold
          Cathy Strong
1992   Jill Cicora
          Moira Dunn
          Melinda Hamlyn
          Gilda Howe
          Cathy Strong
1991   Jennifer Barr
          Moira Dunn
          Gilda Hawie
          Caren Jacobs
          Maria Mills
1990   Jennifer Barr
          Jill Cicora
          Melinda Hamlyn

Trans America Athletic Conference
Team Championships
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

 

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