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    Erica Popson     
     
      Erica Popson
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Davenport, Fla.

High School:
Ridge Community

Height:
5-8

Experience:
4L

CAREER SCORECARD (Through May 25, 2013)

Year Trns. Rds. Strokes Avg. Low High Par or Better T10 T25
2009-10 10 28 2,085 74.46 67 86 10 2 6
2010-11 10 31 2,238 72.19 66 78 16 6 9
2011-12 11 30 2,223 74.10 66 83 10 4 6
2012-13 11 34 2,482 73.00 67 81 15 6 9
Totals 42 123 9,028 73.40 66 86 51 18 30

CAREER EVENTS
Freshman (2009-10)
Cougar Classic 75-72-72--219 21t
Tar Heel Invitational 71-78-72--221 21t
Mercedes-Benz Championship 74-78-75--227 29t
The Alamo Invitational 75 19t
Tiger/Wave Golf Classic 78-WD-79--WD WD
Liz Murphey Collegiate 86-77-76--239 69t
Bryan National Collegiate 81-79-76--236 75t
SEC Championship 73-67-68--208 1t
NCAA East Regional 72-68-73--213 4t
NCAA Championship 72-73-72-73--290 18t
Sophomore (2010-11)
Golfweek Challenge 76-73-74--223 8t
Mercedes-Benz Championship 67-69-71--207 1t
Pac-10/SEC Challenge 71-78-74--223 27t
Sugar Bowl Championship 74-71-75--220 22t
LSU Tiger Golf Classic 77-74-71--222 7t
Bryan National Collegiate 70-77-73--220 1
Rebel Intercollegiate 71-69-73--213 1t
SEC Championship 66-74-70--210 1
NCAA West Regional 68-69-71--208 1
NCAA Championship 76-73-72-71--292 14t
Junior (2011-12)
Cougar Classic 66-69-72--207 2
Mason Rudolph Fall Preview 75-WD-WD--WD WD
Tar Heel Invitational 71-70-71--212 8t
SEC/Pac-12 Challenge 78-WD-79--WD WD
Darius Rucker Intercollegiate 77-76--153 33t
LSU Tiger Golf Classic 75-70-69--214 1t
Anuenue Spring Break Classic 75-75-76--226 15t
Bryan National Collegiate 71-70-75--216 3t
SEC Championship 83-75-75--233 21t
NCAA Central Regional 81-78-70--229 34t
NCAA Championship 77-76-76-72--301 63t
Senior (2012-13)
Cougar Classic 73-70-68--211 3t
Liz Murphey Fall Preview 73-72-77--222 26t
Mercedes-Benz Collegiate 70-71-73--214 4t
Alamo Invitational 72-74-71--217 18t
Seminole Match Up 70-73-71--214 1t
Darius Rucker Intercollegiate 74-71-72--217 7
LSU Classic 71-73-81--225 7t
Bryan National Collegiate 74-72-76--222 23t
SEC Championship 78-78-76--232 23t
NCAA East Regional 67-75-71--213 8t
NCAA Championship 72-75-73-75--295 29t

CAREER HONORS
All-America Honors
2011 NGCA First Team
2011 Golfweek First Team
2013 WGCA Second Team

All-SEC Honors
2011 All-SEC First Team
2010 All-SEC Freshman Team

5x Individual Champion
2010 Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship
2011 Bryan National Collegiate
2011 SEC Championship
2011 NCAA West Regional
2013 FSU Match-Up

SENIOR SEASON


• Finished in a tie for third at the Cougar Classic, being one of four golfers at the tournament to fire 4-under par 68 in the final round
• Earned her second top-5 finish of the season at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships where she placed in a tie for fourth, shooting 2-under par 214
• Had a team-best stroke average of 72.00 through the fall season
• Started the spring season off tying for first at the FSU Match-Up with a 3-under par 214 card
• Placed seventh at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, posting her fourth top-10 finish on the year
• Followed up the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate with another top-10 finish as she tied for seventh at 9-over par 225
• Tied for 23rd at the Bryan National Collegiate with a 222 (+6) card
• Tied for eighth at the NCAA East Regional and defeated teammate Chessey Thomas and North Carolina's Jackie Chang in a playoff to advance to the NCAA Championship
• Finished her stellar career at UT in a tie for 29th at the NCAA Championship

JUNIOR SEASON


• Played in all nine tournaments for the Big Orange
• Led the team in stroke average (73.61) and strokes vs. par (1.70)
• Had three rounds in the 60s, including two at the Cougar Classic
• Finished par or better in ten rounds
•Had the team's best score to date with a 66 at the Cougar Classic
• Had four top-10 finishes
• Her -9 at the Cougar Classic tied the Tennessee record for lowest round
• Won the LSU Tiger Golf Classic with a score of 214 (-2), including a round of 69
• Her score of 216 at the Bryan National Collegiate was good for a tie for 3rd
• Fired a 212 (-4) at the Tar Heel Invitational to finish in the top 10 at 8th

SOPHOMORE SEASON


• Played in 10 of 11 tournament for the Big Orange, missing only the Fall Preview
• Led the team in stroke average (72.19) and strokes vs. par (0.29)
• Posted a career-best round of 66 in the first round of the SEC Championship
• Finished par or better in over half of the rounds she played (16 of 31), tying the UT single-season mark
• Led the nation in par five scoring (4.67)
• Finished at No. 3 in the Golfstat Cup individual rankings.
• Nabbed four-consecutive first-place finishes in the spring
• Medaled at the SEC Championship and NCAA West Regional
• Finished 14th at the NCAA Championships
• Earned first-team All-America honors from the NGCA and Golfweek
• Also earned first-team All-SEC laurels

FRESHMAN SEASON


• Rebounded from a wrist injury to have one of the fin- est postseason's in Lady Vol history, leading UT at all three championship-level tournaments
• Nabbed SEC All-Freshman honors, as well as All-East Re - gion laurels
• Nearly captured the individual SEC Championship, tying for first through 54 holes
• Finished with runner-up honors to Vanderbilt's Martina Alex on the second hole of a sudden death playoff
• Her three-day total of 71-67-68=208 (-5) at the North River Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, Ala., set a new Lady Vol 54-hole record
• Snagged Lady Vol Athlete of the Week award on April 19 following the conference tourney
• Showed no letdown at her next competition, the NCAA East Regional, leading three Lady Vols in the top ten individually by tying for fourth
• Fired a 72-68-73=213 (-3) to help Tennessee finish second and return to the NCAA Championships
• At the national tournament in Wilmington, N.C., she tied for 18th with a score of 72-73-72-73=290 (+2)
• Averaged an incredible 71.10 in the final three tournaments of the season
• Carded par or below tallies in four of the first six rounds of her collegiate career
• Named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll and SEC All-Freshman Team

AMATEUR


• Captured the title at the 2013 Harder Hall Invitational, finishing the tournament at 6-under par 282
• Won 13 times on the Florida Junior Tour and was named 2008 Florida Junior Tour Player of the Year as well as Florida State Women's Golf Association Junior Player of the Year
• Also named the 2009 Florida Junior Tour 16-18 Girls Points Champion
• Captured the 2008 Florida Junior Tour Major after firing a 4-under-par 212
• Won three consecutive Florida Junior Match Play Champion- ships from 2006-08
• Competed for the North Team in the Florida Junior Cup from 2007-09, serving as co-captain two years
• Finished in the top three at both American Junior Golf As- sociation events she participated in.

HIGH SCHOOL


• Earned four varsity letters at Ridge Community High School, where she was a four-time individual state qualifier
• Twice received Polk County Player of the Year honors
• Tied for third in the Florida Class 1A state golf championship with a 71-71=142 (-2) total
• Low round entering UT was 66

PERSONAL


• Majoring in sport management
• Highest ambitions are to play in the LPGA and win a na- tional championship at Tennessee
• Enjoys spending time with family and friends off the course
• Admires PGA golfer Hunter Mahan
• Loves attending Lady Vol basketball games
• Only wears black socks during tournaments
• Was a Principal's Scholar in high school
• Erica Megan Popson, daughter of Diana and Fred Popson, was born April 18, 1991, in Orlando, Fla.

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