DeLand, Fla. - The Stetson women's golf team, fresh off its third consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference championship and 8 days away from making its third straight NCAA East Regional appearance, once again received the lion's share of All-Conference awards as the voting results were announced Wednesday. Sophomore Alexandria Buelow (Palm City, Fla.), the A-Sun tournament champion, picked up her second straight A-Sun Player of the Year trophy while Head Coach Floyd Kerr was named A-Sun Coach of the Year for the third season in a row.
Buelow, who has played to a 73.3 stroke average as a sophomore, has found the winner's circle three times in 2010-11 already, picking up victories at the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic, Siena Homewood Suites Invitational and most notably the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship earlier this month at Victoria Hills Golf Club. Overall, the September 2010 A-Sun Golfer of the Month has recorded nine top 10 finishes in 10 starts, adding four other top five placings to her three victories. Buelow shot 71-74-71 to win the A-Sun title by five strokes and lead her team to a 12-shot victory.
Kerr has been the architect of Stetson's recent dynasty, assembling one top-notch recruiting class after the other. Four times in the last five seasons at least one of his players has landed on the A-Sun All-Freshman Team; three straight league championships, two individual champions, a back-to-back Player of the Year and two Freshmen of the Year are all on his resume. For all this, Kerr has become just the second coach in conference history to claim three A-Sun Coach of the Year awards (all in just six and a half seasons) and joins Campbell's John Crooks (1996-98) as the only ones to win three years in a row.
Junior Lauren Cate (St. Augustine, Fla.) and freshman Mallory Viera (Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.) got in on the action as well with Second Team All-Atlantic Sun honors for the both and All-Freshman Team mention for Viera in the bargain. Cate has played to a 75.6 stroke average and was named A-Sun Women's Golfer of the Week for April 6 following a second-place finish at the World Golf Village Intercollegiate. Cate owns four top five finishes this season and earned A-Sun All-Tournament Team honors by tying for fifth in the conference championships. Previously, Cate has been honored as 2009 A-Sun Freshman of the Year and All-Atlantic Sun First Team.
Viera gives Stetson an All-Freshman Team honoree for the third year in a row and has played to a 76.0 stroke average in her rookie campaign. She recorded her first career top 10 finish at the best possible time, tying for seventh in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships with a clutch final round 73 to help the Hatters make up a three-stroke deficit and outdistance the field. Her low round of the year was a two-under par 70 in the final round of the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational last fall; six times in eight starts Viera has shot 74 or better in the final round of tournaments.
Stetson takes on a brutally tough field of 24 teams and six individuals at the NCAA East Regionals next weekend, May 5-7 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach. Stetson and the Central Florida Sports Commission are co-hosting the event. Live Scoring will be available at GolfStatResults.com with a link through GoHatters.com.
2010-11 ALL-ATLANTIC SUN WOMEN'S GOLF TEAM
Alexandria Buelow (Stetson) - Player of the Year; Nina Muehl (ETSU); Ket Preamchuen (Kennesaw State); Briana Carlson (FGCU); Sian Evans (ETSU)
Lauren Cate (Stetson); Mallory Viera (Stetson); Michelle Koh (Campbell); Sarah Bejgrowicz (Campbell); Hayley Clinning (Kennesaw State)
Sian Evans (ETSU) - Freshman of the Year; Mallory Viera (Stetson); Hayley Clinning (Kennesaw State); Mary Alice Murphy (Mercer); Kaylin Yost (Campbell)