2017-18 YEAR IN REVIEW: Golf

2017-18 YEAR IN REVIEW: Golf

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The 2017-18 Sewanee golf teams continued its success on the links, as the Tigers are looking forward to building off a successful year in 2018-19.

Men's Recap
The men's team wrapped up the regular season ranked 22nd in the final Division III Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll, but the team earned a ranking as high as 11th during the season.

According to the final GolfStat rankings, the Tigers finished 19th, the highest among all Southern Athletic Association teams, earning one tournament win, which was the SAA Preview back in September.

Two student-athletes were ranked individually: Tommy Oliver (37th), who was named the SAA Co-Player of the Year and a PING All-American and Gray Matthews (80th), who was chosen as a First Team All-SAA selection.

The program finished in a tie for second at the SAA Championships, held at the Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, tying with Oglethorpe with an 899 score (296-299-304).

Men's Season Low Scores & Stroke Averages
Fernando Acosta-Rua - 76 | 77.0
Basil Boyd - 71 | 76.0
Charles Hargrove - 75 | 76.0
George Hite - 75 | 77.0
Trevor Loeb - 79 | 79.50
Gray Matthews - 67 | 73.85
Taylor Mottern - 71 | 75.36
Tommy Oliver - 71 | 73.25
Nick Powell - 71 | 76.33
Jackson Rogers - 72 | 75.50
Nic Vandeventer - 68 | 76.80

Women's Recap
The women's team was seeking their second straight SAA Championship and third straight appearance at the NCAA Championships in 2017-18. Despite three top-three finishes, including a third place finish at the SAA Championships (967 | 316-319-322), the team finished 19th nationally according to GolfStat and fifth in the Great Lakes region.

However, one student-athlete made it back to the NCAA Championships: rising senior Meghan Symonds, who made her third consecutive trip to the Championships. The 11th-best golfer in NCAA Division III earned a career-best finish of 24th out of 81 competitors as she took on the field as one of the six individuals not being selected as a team.

The Cary, N.C. native chipped in six birdies during the four-round tournament, and parred on 37 of the 72 holes. She finished the week with a 322 (81-79-74-78), eight strokes ahead of her career-best at the NCAA Championships (314), set last season.

The All-SAA First Team selection won two tournaments this season and finished second at the SAA Championships.

Women's Season Low Scores & Stroke Averages
Sarah Battye - 77 | 81.86
Mary Elizabeth Benton - 81 | 83.33
Caroline Cole - 76 | 85.20
Natalie Javadi - 77 | 81.69
Sophia Morrill - 75 | 83.13
Corinne Parrish - 80 | 86.73
Meghan Symonds - 73 | 77.33

Awards

Southern Athletic Association
Player of the Week
April 12 - Meghan Symonds (Women), Tommy Oliver (Men)

All-SAA Team
Tommy Oliver - Co-Player of the Year, First Team
Gray Matthews - First Team
Meghan Symonds - First Team
Taylor Mottern - Second Team

SAA Sportsmanship Team
Women - Caroline Cole
Men - Taylor Mottern

SAA Academic Honor Roll
Women
Natalie Javadi
Sophia Morrill
Corinne Parrish
Mallory Anne Sheenan
Abbey Shockley
Meghan Symonds

Men
Trevor Loeb
Gray Matthews
Taylor Mottern
Tommy Oliver
Nic Vandeventer

Golf Coaches Association of America
PING All-American Team
Tommy Oliver - Honorable Mention

PING All-South Region Team
Tommy Oliver

Jack Nicklaus Award
Tommy Oilver - Semifinalist

Women's Golf Coaches Association
Division III All-American Team
Meghan Symonds - Second Team

All-Great Lakes Region
Meghan Symonds

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