Nathalie Mansson had eight top-10 placements in 2009-10
May 22, 2010
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee sophomore women's golfer Nathalie Mansson captured NGCA Second Team All-America honors at the National Golf Coaches Association end-of-season banquet on Friday night in Wilmington, N.C.
Mansson's recognition comes on the heels of a record-breaking season that saw the Stockholm, Sweden, native set new single-season marks for the 12th-ranked Lady Vols in stroke average and rounds of par or better.
She wrapped up her second season in Orange and White with a stroke average of 73.0588 to edge past Young-A Yang's mark of 73.0625 set in 2000-01.
Mansson's final-round of 1-under 71 on Friday at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championships gave her 16 par or better rounds in 2009-10, to break Violeta Retamoza's record of 15 set in 2004-05.
She finished the season with eight top-10 finishes and the second-best final round average (71.17) in the country. Mansson won two tournaments in 2009-10, the Merces-Benz Collegiate Championships and the Alamo Invitational, and also collected First Team All-SEC and All-Region honors.
She becomes just the second Lady Vol to begin her career by nabbing All-America accolades in her first two seasons. Mansson was named an honorable mention All-American by Golfweek as a freshman in 2008-09. She joins that exclusive club with Yang, who earned NGCA All-America awards all four of her seasons with the Big Orange.
Mansson's selection also marks the 14th NGCA All-America honor awarded to the Lady Vol golf program.