June 24, 2010
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Starting today, rising senior Lady Vol golfer Rebecca Watson will embark on a three-week golf tour of Asia as part of the 2010 NCAA All-Star Team. The team is made up of ten NCAA Division I women's golfers from universities throughout the country, including: UCLA, San Francisco, Oregon, Indiana, Texas Tech, Yale, Princeton, UC-Davis and Oregon State
The team will visit four different locations while in Asia. The first stop will be Japan, where the squad will compete in the Barclay's Tournament and the Akishino Tournament. The team will also stop at the U.S. Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan, where it will visit with troops.
Next, the team will travel to South Korea and participate in a number of events including the Deutsche Bank Tournament. From South Korea, the players will fly to Hong Kong and China, where they will spend the remainder of their trip playing in more competitions including the Julius Bear Capital Tournament and the Ladies HKGC Tournament.
Watson will be the first Lady Vol golfer to represent the University of Tennessee on this unique tour, which was founded by then-UCLA women's golf coach Jackie Steinmann in 1983. Not only will the team participate in competitions, but it will also get the chance to give back by giving clinics to locals in each of the destinations.
In three seasons with the Orange and White, the Edinburgh, Scotland, native has compiled a 79.0 stroke average in 41 career rounds. Her best performance came at the 2008 Mercedes-Benz Championships, where she led the Lady Vols with a tied-for-15th placement. She is also a two-time NGCA Academic All-American and SEC Honor Roll award recipient.
UTLadyVols.com will be providing periodical updates from Watson's trip over the course of the next few weeks through its completion on July 15.