April 29, 2011
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Assistant
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Led by sophomore SEC champion Erica Popson's first-team selection, three Lady Vol golfers captured awards on Friday, as the Southeastern Conference announced its All-SEC honors for women's golf.
Popson, who won medalist honors at the conference tournament earlier this month, becomes the 10th Lady Vol to capture All-SEC First Team accolades.
Georgia's Marta Silva, who Popson edged by one stroke to claim the SEC Championship from April 15-17 in Auburn, Ala., was named the SEC Player of the Year, while Alabama's Mic Potter nabbed SEC Coach of the Year.
Arkansas' Emily Tubert and Alabama's Stephanie Meadow were named SEC Co-Freshmen of the Year and Crimson Tide junior Brooke Pancake claimed SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
Popson is having arguably the greatest season ever by a Lady Vol. Her scoring average of 72.42 is a Lady Vol record and she has four first-place finishes this season, including three straight heading into the NCAA West Regional from May 5-7 in Auburn, Wash.
At the SEC Championship, Popson led wire-to-wire, opening the tournament with a career-best 66 en route to a 6-under 210 winning score. She also won the Bryan National Collegiate in March and the Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships in October, while tying for first with Mansson at the Rebel Intercollegiate at the beginning of April. In her last three tournaments she has carried a 71.44 stroke average and gone under par in five of nine rounds. She was an SEC All-Freshman selection in 2010.
Mansson, a two-time All-American, has a 73.93 scoring average, three top-three finishes and one victory (Rebel Intercollegiate) this season. She tied for 17th at the SEC Championship. She was named to the All-SEC First Team in 2010 and the All-SEC Second Team in 2009.
Rohrback has a 75.57 stroke average and five par or better rounds this season. She tied for 42nd at the conference tournament, but has two top-15 performances this spring.