May 2, 2014
Less than a week after receiving its 22nd consecutive NCAA Regional bid, the Tennessee women's golf team received additional good news Friday, as senior Chessey Thomas earned second-team All-SEC status.
The Southeastern Conference announced its annual Women's Golf Awards on Friday, which were voted on by the league's 14 head coaches. The All-SEC honor is the first of Thomas' collegiate career.
"This is really exciting news," Thomas said. "I'm really honored. I think my finish at the SEC Tournament proved I can play with anyone. I'm looking forward to going back home to Washington for the NCAA West Regional."
The native of Spokane, Wash., was the top finishing Lady Vol in seven of the team's ten tournaments. Thomas led the Lady Vols in stroke average (73.88) and had five top 25 finishes on the season, including a victory at the Lady Bulldog Individual.
"I'm so proud of Chessey being named second team All-SEC," head coach Judi Pavon said. "She has had a great senior season so far and to be recognized as one of the best players in the SEC is a huge accomplishment."
Thomas will lead the Lady Volunteers into Cle Elum, Wash., for the NCAA West Regional May 8-10.
FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC Simin Feng, Vanderbilt (SEC Championship Medalist) Allyson McDonald, Mississippi State Gabriela Lopez, Arkansas Stephanie Meadow, Alabama Emily Tubert, Arkansas Caroline Nistrup, LSU Madelene Sagstrom, LSU Justine Dreher, South Carolina
SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC
Samantha Swinehart, South Carolina
Marta Sanz, Auburn
Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M
Emma Talley, Alabama
Jennifer Hahn, Vanderbilt
Regina Plasencia, Arkansas
Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina
Chessey Thomas, Tennessee
COACH OF THE YEAR Shauna Estes-Taylor, Arkansas
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Stephanie Meadow, Alabama
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Simin Feng, Vanderbilt
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Stephanie Meadow, Alabama
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM Maria Torres, Florida Caroline Nistrup, LSU Simin Feng, Vanderbilt Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina Haley Mills, Kentucky Jessica Peng, Mississippi State Antonia Scherer, Vanderbilt Marijosse Navarro, Texas A&M