June 9, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Lady Vol golfer Nathalie Mansson added some more accolades to an already impressive debut season on Tuesday as she was named honorable mention All-America by Golfweek.
The freshman from Stockholm, Sweden, led the Lady Vols with 10 round so par or better and six top-15 finishes. Her team-best 73.79 scoring average broke the Tennessee freshman record and is the sixth-best single-season scoring average in UT history.
Mansson was named to the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team and to the SEC All-Freshman team after tying for 13th at the conference championship tournament in Blythewood, S.C. Additionally, she tied for third at the NCAA East Regional with a season-best three-day total of 212 (+2) in Gainesville, Fla., to lead Tennessee to a third-place finish and NCAA Championships invitation. She was named to the All-East Region team.
Mansson capped her freshman season by tying for 48th at the NCAA Championships in Owings Mills, Md., as the Big Orange finished 17th as a team.
Currently competing at the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship, Mansson was the catalyst for Tennessee's incredible season turnaround.
UT dropped to as low as 72nd in the Golfstat ratings in October after back-to-back team finishes outside the top-15 at tournaments. Once the spring season began, however, UT exploded for six straight top-eight finishes and had an 83.9 winning percentage at the SEC Championship and NCAA East Regional combined.
In the six tournaments preceding the NCAA Championship, Mansson carried a 73.11 stroke average and had five top-15 placements.
Tennessee closed out the season ranked No. 20 by Golfstat and No. 24 by Golfweek.
The Golfweek All-America team was determined by the final Golfweek/Sagarin College rankings, where Mansson finished 40th.