Two Lady Tigers Earn All-SEC Golf Honors

by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Two Lady Tigers Earn All-SEC Golf Honors

BATON ROUGE – LSU senior Megan McChrystal and freshman Austin Ernst were named to the All-SEC women’s golf teams announced by the league on Friday.

McChrystal was named first team All-SEC and Ernst was named to the All-SEC Second Team and the league’s All-Freshman team.

McChrystal, who had the second lowest stroke average in the SEC at 71.88, posted six top-five finishes in eight events, including a win in the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville. The Stuart, Fla., native made the All-SEC first team for the third time in her four years at LSU, just the third LSU golfer to make the first team three times (2009, 2010, 2011).

The other two were Ashley Winn (1995, 1996, 1998) and former U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion Meredith Duncan (2000, 2001, 2002). Winn and McChrystal are the only ones to make an All-SEC team all four years of their LSU careers. Winn was second team in 1997 and McChrystal was second team as a freshman in 2008.

McChrystal has a chance to break her own record for single season stroke average which she set in 2009 of 72.69. The Mason Rudolph Championship win was her fourth of her career, putting her third all-time in individual wins at LSU.

Ernst won her first collegiate tournament in the spring and was second on the team in stroke average at 73.8 with three top 10s to earn not-only second team honors but freshman All-SEC honors as well. Ernst had the 14th best stroke average in the league this season and is ranked 34th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

Both McChrystal and Ernst will be in the LSU lineup when the nationally-ranked Lady Tigers open play Thursday in the NCAA Central Regional at the Warren Golf Course at the University of Notre Dame. LSU is the third seed in the field of 24 which will advance eight teams to the NCAA Division I Women’s National Championships in Bryan, Texas, May 18-21.

2010-11 SEC Women’s Golf Awards

First-Team All-SEC
Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia
Megan McChrystal, LSU
Brooke Pancake, Alabama
Erica Popson, Tennessee
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama
Emily Tubert, Arkansas
Cydney Clanton, Auburn
Camilla Lennarth, Alabama

Second Team All-SEC
Austin Ernst, LSU
Nathalie Mansson, Tennessee
Kelli Shean, Arkansas
Jennifer Kirby, Alabama
Marina Alex, Vanderbilt
Emilie Burger, Georgia
Mia Piccio, Florida
Megan Grehan, Vanderbilt

Coach of the Year
Mic Potter, Alabama

Golfer of the Year
Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Brooke Pancake, Alabama

Co-Freshman of the Year
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama
Emily Tubert, Arkansas

All-Freshman Team
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama
Emily Tubert, Arkansas
Austin Ernst, LSU
Suzie Lee, South Carolina
Kaitlyn Rohrback, Tennessee
Martz Sanz, Auburn
Samantha Swinehart, South Carolina
Emma Lavy, Arkansas