Akers Inks Big 12 Transfer Sabina Pena

Jan. 26, 2017

DENTON – North Texas women’s golf has added Big 12 transfer Sabina Pena for the fall, head coach Michael Akers announced on Thursday. Pena finished tied for fifth at the Big 12 Championship as a freshman in 2016.

“I am thrilled to announce the signing of Sabina for the 2017-18 playing season,” Akers said. “She brings a wealth of playing experience and will have a tremendous impact on our lineup next year. As I stated when we signed Sol Lee last summer, our program should and can expect to sign golfers of this caliber.”

Pena, played in seven tournaments during her freshman season, as well as the San Diego State March Mayhem match-play event. She shot a career-low 215 at the Big 12 Championship, carding a one-under-par for her best finish, which included a second-round 67. She averaged a score of 75.8 throughout the course of her first collegiate season.

“Sabina visited campus and our facilities on New Year’s Eve,” Akers added. “I watched her facial expressions when she toured our indoor facility and our facility at Maridoe Golf Club and she was impressed. We discovered that many Big 12 programs cannot offer what we can in terms of our golf program. We also discussed the strength of the University of North Texas fashion department. The fit appears to be perfect for Sabina here at North Texas.”

As an amateur from Sharyland, Texas, Pena qualified for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. At Sharyland High School, she tied for fourth at the UIL 5A Girls Golf Championships in 2013 and was ranked No. 136 by Polo Golf.

North Texas gets underway with its spring season on Feb. 13 at the All There August in New Braunfels, Texas.

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