This week the Southeastern Conference announced their annual awards. The Lady Vols had THREE players named to All-SEC Teams!
Erica Popson - 1st Team
Nathalie Mansson - 2nd Team
Kaitlyn Rohrback - Freshman Team
Saturday, April 30, 2011
This week the Athletic Department held the Volscars, our version of the Oscars! It's a formal, fun filled awards show, complete with an orange carpet! The women's golf team won our first ever Volscar with Erica winning Female Rookie of the Year! Way to go Erica!
Other golf nominations were:
Lauren Spurlock - Big Orange Award
Sara Monberg - Miss Tennessee
Judi Pavon - Women's Coach of the Year
Catherine Johnson - Support Staff
OMG, wow! Erica Popson WON the SEC Championship! You might remember she tied for first last year and lost on the second hole of the playoff. Well, she didn't let that happen this year! She fired 66-74-70 to hold of the nation's #1 player (Marta Silva - Georgia) and win by one stroke. It was an exciting finish and Erica showed a lot of poise. With two holes to play, she had a two shot lead. On 17, the par 3, she hit her shot to about 40 feet and Marta just inside her to 30 feet. Erica missed her birdie putt and was left with about a 5 footer for par. Well, Marta made her birdie to shave the lead to one. Erica was nervous, but calmed herself and hit the 5 footer in the middle of the hole. On 18 Erica hit the green just behind the hole. Her birdie putt lipped out, but she tapped in for par and the win. The rest of the team didn't fare quite as well. After a terrific first day round of 5 under par we slipped in rounds 2 and 3 and ended up 6th.
Coming off a one shot loss at the Bryan the Lady Vols earned redemption by winning the Rebel Intercollegiate in a big way! We won by 30 strokes with Erica and Nathalie finishing in a tie for first. They headed out for a playoff and I have to say as a coach, that was a hard few holes. I was so proud that two of my players tied for first, but knowing that at the end of the playoff one was going to be very happy and one very sad was tough. Nathalie ended up winning on the third playoff hole to get her first victory of the season! Everybody had a great week, Sara finished 6th, Kaitlyn 11th and Chessey 12th. On to the SEC Championship...
After a solid 3rd place finish at LSU and a week off for spring break, the Lady Vols turned in a good performance at the Bryan National event in Greensboro, NC. Erica won by one stoke and the team finished second. Unfortunately we lost by one shot, so we didn't feel great about it, but it was a solid tournament. We played in 36 degrees all day the final round and competed tough all the way through. That's all we can ask for!