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Four Gators Earn SEC Honors

By Lucy Berres

Four Gators Earn SEC Honors

Four members of the Florida women’s golf team have earned post-season accolades from the SEC, as announced by the league Thursday morning. This is the fourth straight year Florida has had multiple players garner All-SEC team honors.

Juniors Sierra Brooks and Marta Perez and freshman Clara Manzalini all earned spots on the All-SEC Second Team. Manzalini also got herself a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. Sophomore Lauren Waidner earned a spot on the SEC Community service team.

Perez finished co-runner up at SEC Championships in April and most recently finished in 14th at the NCAA Regionals in Oklahoma. She also leads the team with a 72.77 stroke average and six top 10 finishes, with her best coming at SEC Championships.

Brooks finished in a tie for eighth at Regionals and ninth at SEC Championships. She sits right behind Perez with a 72.93 stroke average and four top 10 finishes, with her best coming at the Cougar Classic in September where she took home the title with a record-breaking final round score of 62.

Manzalini finished in a tie for fifth at SEC Championships and was the first Gator freshman to finish inside the top five since current LPGA player Maria Torres finished tied for fifth her freshman season as a Gator in 2014. She is even with Brooks with a 72.93 stroke average and has six top 10 finishes on the season.

Waidner was an active member of SAAC, took part in the Gators Tracks Program where she delivered shoes to local children in the area and picked out their socks and helped make sure that the shoes fit the children. She also went on regular Shands trips visiting patients in the pediatric ward of the hospital. She also assisted with the Special Olympics and went to Idylwild Elementary for their annual Fun Run in March.

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC
Maria Fassi, Arkansas (SEC Championship Individual Medalist)
Jiwon Jeon, Alabama
Julie McCarthy, Auburn
Abbey Carlson, Vanderbilt
Kaylee Benton, Arkansas
Lois Kaye Go, South Carolina
Dylan Kim, Arkansas
Auston Kim, Vanderbilt

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC
Emily Price, South Carolina
Courtney Zeng, Vanderbilt
Julia Johnson, Ole Miss
Clara Manzalini, Florida
Sierra Brooks, Florida
Marta Perez, Florida
Micheala Williams, Tennessee
Leonie Bettel, Kentucky

COACH OF THE YEAR
Greg Allen, Vanderbilt

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Maria Fassi, Arkansas

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR 
Emily Price, South Carolina

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Lois Kaye Go, South Carolina

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Clara Manzalini, Florida
Auston Kim, Vanderbilt
Emily Price, South Carolina
Brooke Matthews, Arkansas
Jenny Bae, Georgia
Harmie Constantino, Georgia
Jo Hua Hung, Georgia
Mikayla Bardwell, Tennessee
Brooke Sansom, Auburn

COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM
Angelica Moresco, Alabama
Cara Gorlei, Arkansas
Melanie Talbott, Auburn
Lauren Waidner, Florida
Rinko Mitsunaga, Georgia
Josephine Chang, Kentucky
Kathleen Gallagher, LSU
Conner Beth Ball, Ole Miss
Ela Grimwood, Mississippi State
Julia Bower, Missouri
Lois Kaye Go, South Carolina
Mariah Smith, Tennessee
Courtney Dow, Texas A&M
Abbey Carlson, Vanderbilt