May 24, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Senior Erica Popson closed out her career at Tennessee finishing in a tie for 29th at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
Popson shot 3-over par 75 in the final round at the University of Georgia Golf Course to close out the Championships with a four-day card of 295 (+7).
"I was extremely proud to have gotten the opportunity to represent the University of Tennessee for the last time this week," Popson said. "I have loved wearing orange and being a part of the Volunteer family for the last four years. I am very disappointed with the way I played and finished this week. I would have loved to have done a lot better and have a strong finish to go out on a high note. However, I am very thankful and blessed to be a Tennessee Vol for life and to have gotten to work and learn from Judi for the past four years."
She shot 4-over through the front nine, with a double bogey on the first hole and bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes. Popson came back with a strong back nine at 1-under as she carded an eagle on the 12th and wrapped up the tournament with a birdie on the 18th.
"It was great for Erica to qualify to play in NCAAs her senior season," head coach Judi Pavon said. "She is the second Lady Vol to play in all four National Championships during her career. She has had an awesome career at Tennessee and is the winningest player we have had. She was strong academically as well, and was a pleasure to coach. This week didn't end up as well as she hoped but she played well and didn't get any putts to drop."
USC ran away with the team and individual titles as the Trojans shot 19-under for a four-day total of 1133. Annie Park took home the individual crown finishing at 10-under par 278.
Popson finishes her collegiate career as one of the most decorated golfers in Lady Vol history. She boasts 18 top-10 finishes in 42 tournaments, recording par or better in 51 of 123 rounds. She also placed in the top-25 in 30 tournaments. She has won or tied for first on eight occasions and has earned All-SEC honors three of her four years at UT, as well as being a two-time All-America honoree.
The Davenport, Fla., product will begin her professional career in a few weeks.