When Whitney Pyle realized she had signed an incorrect scorecard following 36 holes of golf at the Westbrook Invitational last February, the Kansas State senior knew admitting the mistake to tournament officials would result in disqualification.
Still, she pointed out the error without hesitation.
Four months later, her sportsmanship has been rewarded. Pyle was named Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year on Monday.
The award was created in 2001 to recognize student-athletes who displayed sportsmanship and/or community service during the academic year. The Blue Mound native is the first Wildcat to receive the accolade since women’s basketball player Kim Woodlee won the inaugural award.
Pyle was also an active participant and leader in student and team-led service initiatives throughout her career. Last year, she served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a member of the Adopt-A-Family subcommittee, which fulfilled the Christmas wish list for 14 individuals. She also helped raise nearly $11,000 and 5,000 pounds of food for “Cats for Cans.”
Pyle finished the 2012-13 season with a team-best 76.5 average and finished in the top 20 of three tournaments. She will also be remembered for a tournament she was disqualified from.
“What a tremendous honor for Whitney,” K-State coach Kristi Knight said in a statement. “I was very proud of how she handled this scoring error. She showed great character.”