Shelby Hardy has been named as "Most Valuable Player" for the 2012 Sam Houston State women's golf team.

The junior from San Saba was one of five players in the Southland Conference to earn first team all-league honors, her third season to be recognized as All-Southland.

Hardy tied for sixth in the Southland championship tournament in Blanco. She was the Bearkats' top individual performer in nine of the team's 11 tournaments this year.

She led the SHSU team in stroke average for the third year in a row with a 75.71 mean in 31 rounds. Her 2012 stroke average is the fourth lowest in the Bearkat record books

Hardy won individual medalist championships at both the Butler University and Houston Baptist tournaments this spring. The wins bring her career tournament victory total to three titles, one short of the SHSU school record.

Hardy owns a three-year career stroke average of 76.05, the second best in Sam Houston women's golf annals.

The "Most Valuable Player" awards for the 2011-12 sports season were announced at the annual Sam Houston State University spring athletic banquet at the Lowman Student Center Ballroom on April 23.