Popson, Thomas Named WGCA All-Region

May 25, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Lady Vol golfers Erica Popson and Chessey Thomas have been named to the East All-Region Team, the Women's Golf Coaches Association announced.

"Chessey and Erica played well at the East Region and based on their top-10 finishes were named to the All-Region Team," head coach Judi Pavon said. "It was a great week for both of them but unfortunately they couldn't pull the team through."

Senior Popson made her final appearance in the Orange and White as she competed as an individual representing Tennessee at the NCAA Championships. The Davenport, Fla., native finished in a tie for 20th after a four-day card of 72-75-73-75=295. During the East Regional, Popson opened the first round firing a 5-under par 67. She finished the Regional tied for eighth with Thomas and North Carolina's Jackie Chang at 3-under 213 before defeated the pair in a play off to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Popson has been one of the most decorated Lady Vol golfers in Tennessee history. Throughout her career, she has boasted 18 top-10 finishes in 42 tournaments, recording par or better in 51 of 123 rounds. She has placed in the top-25 in 30 tournaments. She has won or tied for first on eight occasions and has earned All-SEC honors three of her four years at UT. She is also a two-time All-America honoree.

Junior Thomas tied for the third lowest round in UT history as she fired a 6-under 66 during the second round of the NCAA East Regional. Thomas finished the season with a 74.83 stroke average, second-best on the team behind Popson, and shot par or better in eight of 30 rounds in 10 tournaments.


PING WGCA Division I Player of the Year
Annie Park, University of Southern California



WGCA Division I Freshman of the Year
Annie Park, University of Southern California

Golfstat Cup
Annie Park, University of Southern California

Dinah Shore Trophy Award
Caroline Powers, Michigan State University

WGCA Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award
Autumn Duke, Ball State University

Division I Eaton Golf Pride WGCA National Coach of the Year
Andrea Gaston, University of Southern California

Division I Eaton Golf Pride Regional Coaches of the Year
East: Mic Potter, University of Alabama
Central: Veronique Drouin-Luttrell
West: Andrea Gaston, University of Southern California

WGCA All-Region Teams
East Region
Stephanie Meadow, University of Alabama
Kelly Shon, Princeton University
Madison Opfer, Tulane University
Emily Penttila, Tulane University
Emma Talley, University of Alabama
Jennifer Kirby, University of Alabama
Julie Yang, Oklahoma State University
Jackie Chang, University of North Carolina

Central Region
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State University
Anne-Catherine Tanguay, University of Oklahoma
Alejandra Cangrejo, Duke University
Emily Collins, University of Oklahoma
Lindy Duncan, Duke University
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, University of Oklahoma
Mia Piccio, University of Florida
Courtney Ellenbogen, Duke University
Olafia Kristinsdottir, Wake Forest University
Ying Luo, University of Washington

West Region
Annie Park, USC
Paula Reto, Purdue University
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt University
Kyung Kim, USC
Cassy Isagawa, University of Oregon
Regan De Guzman, San Jose State University
Emilie Burger, University of Georgia
Jennifer Ha, Kent State University
Jessica Negron, Florida State University
Dana Finkelstein, UNLV
Jenny Hahn, Vanderbilt University
Margaux Vanmol, Purdue University
Mariko Tumangan, Stanford University



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