BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The second-ranked Alabama women's golf team accomplished another first on Monday when the Southeastern Conference announced the Crimson Tide was the first team in league history to sweep all four of the SEC's major awards.
Junior Stephanie Meadow became the first Alabama women's golfer to win SEC Player of the Year and just the third player in conference history to also win SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the same season. Mic Potter was named the SEC Coach of the Year and Emma Talley became the third Tide golfer to earn SEC Freshman of the Year accolades in the past four years. Meadow earned first-team All-SEC while Talley, senior Jennifer Kirby and junior Hannah Collier garnered second-team honors. Talley was also named to the All-Freshman team.
"What a tremendous honor for the league coaches to recognize what our team has accomplished this season," Potter said. "It is great to see our team performing not only on the course but in the classroom."
Meadow, a native of Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, secured the SEC Player of the Year honors with a nine-stroke win at the SEC Championship, becoming the first Alabama player to capture league-medalist honors. She leads the nation with a 71.50-stroke average, has shot par or better in 16 of her 26 rounds and has finished inside the top 10 in eight of nine events.
Meadow was also named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, joining Tennessee's Violeta Retamoza (2005) and Arkansas' Stacy Lewis (2008) as the only student-athletes to win both Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the same season. Meadow currently holds a 4.0 grade point average in accounting and has been on the Dean's List at Alabama each semester of her collegiate career.
She also is active in the community with Project Angel Tree, Read Across America and the YMCA, among other activities. It is the fourth straight year and Alabama player has been named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year with Brooke Pancake winning in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
"Stephanie has been so good all season, and winning the SEC Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year is a testament to her hard work and dedication," Potter said. "It also speaks to our outstanding academic staff that is such a resource for our entire team."
Talley became the third golfer in Alabama history to be named SEC Freshman of the Year. Over the course of the season, she compiled a 73.23 average and shot par or better in 12 of her 26 rounds. Talley posted four top-10 finishes and won the PING/ASU Invitational.
"We expected great things from Emma when she arrived," Potter said. "She has done nothing but exceed those expectations, and we are very happy for her."
Potter earned his fifth career SEC Coach of the Year honor after directing his Crimson Tide to the 2013 SEC Women's Golf Championship with a 14-stroke victory. Potter has earned at least a share of the SEC Coach of the Year honor in each of the last four seasons. The win was Alabama's second league crown (2010). The Crimson Tide has won six tournaments this season, breaking the school-record mark of five set in the 2010-11 campaign.
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