Popson Leads Trio of SEC Award Winners

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.

She is joined by junior Nathalie Mansson, who was named to the All-SEC Second Team and freshman Kaitlyn Rohrback, who was selected for the SEC All-Freshman Team.

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.

The trio will join sophomore Sara Monberg and freshman Chessey Thomas in the lineup for the NCAA postseason, starting at the West Regional in Auburn, Wash., next week.





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