June 25, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Lady Vol golfer and recent graduate Erica Popson embarks on her professional golf career this week as she competes in the Michigan Women's Pro AM June 24-26.
"I am very excited to play in my first professional tournament," Popson said. "It is something that I have dreamed of doing my entire life and can't wait to see what the future holds!"
The Davenport, Fla., native led the Lady Vols in stroke average the last three straight years, and earned 18 top-10 finishes during her career at Tennessee.
"I am so honored to have played for the University of Tennessee over the past four years and am sad that my time there is over," Popson said. "I really loved being a part of the Volunteer Family and have met so many great and helpful people during my time at UT. Over the past four years I feel that I have learned a lot about myself and my game, which can really help me at the next level. I feel that I have also grown a lot as a player at UT and can't wait to see where my game takes me in the future. I feel that Judi has really helped me over the past four years and am sad that our time together is over. I really admire her and am going to miss working with her a lot. However, I know she is just a phone call away now and am excited to start playing in tournaments around the world!"
Popson holds numerous UT records, including lowest career average (73.40) and low single season average (72.19) which she averaged during her sophomore campaign.
Through the first round of the Michigan PGA Women's Open, Popson shot 1-over par 73. She carded two birdies and three bogeys on the day, and is tied for 14th heading into Tuesday's second round. She will tee off at 12:27 p.m. ET. You can follow her progress live here.