April 22, 2010
Tennessee golfers Ginny Brown and David Holmes are among two dozen student-athletes named Thursday to the 2010 Men's and Women's Golf Community Service Team.
Brown was chosen for the second consecutive season.
In addition to numerous volunteer activities, both Brown and Holmes participated in the SEC's "Together We Can" Food drive, collecting cans and money for the Second Harvest Food Bank. They are regulars in local golf clinics and helped collect Christmas gifts for lower income kids as part of "Teams for Toys."
Brown participated in "Cuts for the Cure," raising money for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness. She volunteered with the Pen Pal Program, authoring letters to a classroom of lower-income elementary students to encourage writing while becoming a role model.
Brown also helped prepare meals for the homeless, collected donations for Haiti earthquake relief for the American Red Cross and helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity.
A senior from Austin, Texas, Brown is fourth on the Big Orange with a 76.67 stroke average and has three top-25 finishes this season. She helped lead Tennessee to back-to-back tournament victories in October, as the Lady Vols captured the Mercedes-Benz Women's Classic and the Alamo Invitational.
At the Mercedes-Benz, she set career records for score (1-under 215) and place (third). A year ago, Brown had the best finish of any SEC competitor at the NCAA Championships, taking 16th.
Holmes volunteered with The Love Kitchen, helping to feed the homeless and needy. He also participated in the Bethany Children's Services Golf Tournament, raising funds for a local children's home.
The senior captain from Knoxville is second on the team with a 72.90 stroke average and owns UT's low round of the season, a 65 at February's Battle at the Beach in California. His best finish was sixth as he helped the Vols win the season-opening Carpet Capital Collegiate for the first time in school history.
Both the men's and women's golf teams are awaiting word on NCAA regional competition.
The women's regionals are May 6-8 at three locations, and UT needs a top-eight finish to earn a bid to the NCAA finals for the sixth time in seven years. This year's NCAA Women's Championships take place May 18-21 in Wilmington, N.C.
The men's regionals are set for May 20-22, and Tennessee needs to finish in the top five at one of the six locales to reach what would be a special tournament experience for the Vols. This year's NCAA Men's Championships take place June 2-5 at The Honors Course in Ooltewah.
The Southeastern Conference sponsors community service teams in all 20 sports. The community service team looks to highlight student-athletes from the SEC who gives back to their local areas in superior service efforts.