May 29, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior Lady Vol golfer Erica Popson earned her third All-America honor in four years as she was named to the 2012-13 Women's Golf Coaches' Association's Second Team All-American, the WGCA announced Wednesday.
Popson, one of the most decorated golfers in UT history, is one of 40 student-athletes named a WGCA All-American, which consists of First, Second and Honorable Mention Teams.
The native of Davenport, Fla., made her final appearance in the Orange and White as she competed as an individual representing Tennessee at the NCAA Championships. She finished in a tie for 20th after a four-day card of 72-75-73-75=295.
Two weeks prior at the NCAA 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.
Throughout her career, Popson has been a consistent leader for the Lady Vols. During her freshman campaign, she rebounded from a wrist injury to lead UT in all three postseason tournaments, including finishing as runner-up at the 2010 SEC Championship individual title, after losing in a sudden death playoff. She collected SEC All-Freshman honors, as well as All-East Region laurels.
Popson came back for a standout sophomore season, where she finished par or better in more than half of the rounds she played (16 of 31), which tied the UT single-season mark. She led the nation in par five scoring (4.67) and finished at No. 3 in the Golfstat Cup individual rankings. Popson medaled at the SEC Championship and NCAA West Regional en route to a 14th place showing at the NCAA Championships. She was named NGCA and Golfweek First-Team All-American, as well as to First-Team All-SEC.
During her final two years at UT, Popson posted 10 top-10 finishes, including six top-5 performances. Overall, Popson has led the team in stroke average three of her four years and 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 and has won or tied for first on eight occasions. Popson has earned All-SEC honors three of her four years at UT.
Popson graduated from UT in May 2013 with a degree in Sport Management.
WGCA All-America Teams
WGCA 1st Team All-American
Brittany Altomare, University of Virginia
Lindy Duncan, Duke University
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, University of Oklahoma
Kyung Kim, USC
Erynne Lee, UCLA
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State University
Stephanie Meadow, University of Alabama
Grace Na, Pepperdine University
Annie Park, USC
Sophia Popov, USC
Paula Reto, Purdue University
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford University
WGCA 2nd Team All-American
Emilie Burger, University of Georgia
Doris Chen, USC
Hayley Davis, Baylor University
Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State University
Kimberly Kaufman, Texas Tech University
SooBin Kim, University of Washington
Tiffany Lua, UCLA
Erica Popson, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Demi Runas, University of California, Davis
Emma Talley, University of Alabama
Kelsey Vines, Oklahoma State University
WGCA Honorable Mention All-American
Laetitia Beck, Duke University
Celine Boutier, Duke University
Manon Gidali, University of Arizona
Casey Grice, University of North Carolina
Camilla Hedberg, University of Florida
Cassy Isagawa, University of Oregon
Jennifer Kirby, University of Alabama
Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt University
Maribel Lopez Porras, Tulane University
Caroline Powers, Michigan State University
Krista Puisite, Texas State University
Marta Sanz, Auburn University
Kelly Shon, Princeton University
AC Tanguay, University of Oklahoma
Emily Tubert, University of Arkansas
Lindsey Weaver, University of Notre Dame
Julie Yang, Oklahoma State University