JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 28, 2013) – After running away from the field to capture the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship earlier this month, the ETSU women’s golf team has now made its mark on the league’s postseason honors.
The A-Sun office announced Sunday afternoon that four Buccaneers have earned league awards, while head coach Stefanie Shelton was selected Coach of the Year. Junior Sian Evans (Gillingham, England) and sophomore Gabriella Wahl (Heidenheim, Germany) were both first-team selections, while freshman Vivienne Chin (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia) and senior Chloe Garner (Somerset West, South Africa) were named to the second team.
In addition to her all-conference honor, Chin was tabbed as the league’s Freshman of the Year. She became the third Buccaneer in a row to earn that honor, joining Wahl (2012) and Evans (2011) on that list.
“These ladies have worked hard all year, so every honor given to them is well deserved,” Shelton said. “In particular, we are proud to have our third freshman of the year honor in a row, as it points to the caliber of player we have representing our program here at ETSU.”
Evans, who tied the A-Sun championship's previous low record round of 67 on the first day of competition, finished second with a three-round total of 214. During the year, she recorded five Top-20 finishes with a pair of runner-ups. Meanwhile, Wahl – last year's individual A-Sun champion – enjoyed another solid year in 2012-13, finishing third at the A-Sun Championship and posting eight Top-25 finishes this season.
While Garner carded a pair of Top-5 finishes and four Top-20s to make her case for all-conference honors, Chin claimed the Freshman of the Year honor after tallying eight Top-25 finishes, and three Top-10s that include a runner-up at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, sixth at the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge and seventh at the A-Sun Championship.
Shelton earned the A-Sun Coach of the Year honor after leading the Bucs to their first A-Sun title since 2008. The Bucs finished no worse than eighth in any tournament this season, including a record-setting win at the UNCG Starmount and a pair of runner-up finishes at the Jim West Challenge and the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge.
ETSU will advance to a yet to be determined location to compete in the NCAA Regionals. For more on the Buccaneers as they prepare for the NCAAs, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s golf link.