It’s been a historic year for the Women’s Golf Team that includes winning six events, one being an NCAA Regional. The SEC recognized their achievements with four awards.
#SEC Postseason Awards— Vanderbilt Women's Golf (@VandyWGolf) May 9, 2019
✅ Greg Allen - Coach of the Year
✅ Abbey Carlson, Auston Kim - 1st Team All-SEC
✅ Courtney Zeng - 2nd Team All-SEC
✅ Auston Kim - All-Freshman
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Head Coach Greg Allen won the SEC Head Coach of the Year Award for helming the Commodores to a historically great year. They have returned to the postseason for the 11th time and the NCAA Finals for the sixth time. Additionally, Allen is responsible for the recruitment and development of players like Abbey Carlson, Courtney Zeng, and Auston Kim.
Carlson, a Junior out of Lake Mary, FL, made first team All SEC. She averaged 71 in stroke play through the Fall, was named to the Anika Award Watch List, and she has also been named to represent the US in the Palmer Cup- a collegiate style Ryder Cup event. Carlson’s year has included multiple top five finishes and being a dominant match play player in both the SEC Championships and the Lamkin Invitational.
Zeng was named Second Team All SEC. She has two top five finishes and one top ten finish during the year. She won three matches at the Lamkin Invitational, and Zeng placed T-16 at the SEC Championships, one shot behind Carlson, and tied with Freshman standout Auston Kim.
Speaking of Kim, she was named to the first team All SEC and Freshman All SEC teams. Kim has two top ten finishes individually, as well as three match play victories this year. She was named SEC Freshmen golfer of the week three times, and her greatest collegiate achievement thus far is an individual NCAA Regional Title just two weeks ago. As an individual, she has qualified for the Women’s US Open.
This Vanderbilt team is a good mix of talent and skill across classes. Allen has recruited and developed talent well. Currently, they are struggling in Arkansas at the NCAA Finals, but that is not an indication on how they have performed this year (more than anything, it could be an example of bad weather and tee time luck, having to play rounds in inclement weather before it was suspended when other teams have not).
With Carlson and Kim returning, the Commodores will be competitive once again in the 2019-2020 season.