Area colleges: Vanderbilt sophomore named SEC's top female golfer

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 12:39am
Staff reports

Vanderbilt sophomore Marina Alex was named the Southeastern Conference’s women’s Golfer of the Year, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Alex won the individual conference title over the weekend and has finished in the top 10 of every tournament she has played this season. In addition to her conference championship she finished second four times.

She currently leads the SEC with a 71.3 scoring average.

“Marina has been so consistent all year and it was nice to see it all come together at the SEC Championship,” coach Greg Allen said.

Alex became the first VU player since May Wood in 2004 to earn the award. Wood actually was the co-player of the year. She also became the sixth player in program history named to the All-SEC team.

The New Jersey native qualified for the NCAA championship as an individual last season as a freshman.

Two other Commodores – Anna Leigh Keith and Lauren Stratton – were named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team.

“Winning this award feels great,” Alex said. “I've worked really hard to get to this point, and it's great that the hard work has paid off.”

Trevecca coach is tops

Ben Tyree, who led Trevecca Nazarene University to the conference championship, was named TranSouth softball Coach of the Year.

The Lady Trojans went 37-14 overall and 11-3 in conference, and earned the right to host the conference tournament, which begins Wednesday. Trevecca’s first game is scheduled for 2 p.m. against Mid-Continent.

Eight TNU players were named to the All-TranSouth first team and two more earned second-team recognition.

One-day rain delay

A softball doubleheader between Belmont and Lipscomb scheduled for Tuesday was postponed until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The games will take place at Aquinas Field.

Lipscomb (40-10, 16-2) leads the conference. Belmont (10-40, 3-13) is at the bottom of the conference standings.

The Lady Bisons swept the most recent round of weekly conference awards, which were announced Monday. Mollie Mitchell was named Player of the Week, and Whitney Kiihnl was named Pitcher of the Week.