University of Tennessee Women's Athletic Director Joan Cronan honored the recipients of the Lady Vol/Alpha Omicron Pi Athlete of the Year and the EdSouth Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sunday night at a reception to welcome back new and returning members of
the Lady Vol family.
Senior All-American golfer Young-A Yang was named the Lady Vol/Alpha Omicron Pi 2001 Athlete of the Year based on her fifth-place finish at 2001 NCAA Championships and the nine records she tied or broke during the year. Sara Wingfield, a junior on the swi
m team, was tabbed as the 2001 Ed South Scholar-Athlete of the Year after garnering a 4.0 grade point average while majoring in finance.
"The Lady Vols had another successful year both on the field and off the field and these two student-athletes are great examples," Cronan said. "Young-A's accomplishment at the NCAA Championships and her record-breaking performances throughout the year ma
ke her a worthy recipient of the award."
Yang, who finished the season ranked fourth in the MasterCard rankings and fifth in the Sagarin/Golfweek ratings, was the leader of first-year head coach Judi Pavon's squad. Aside from her fifth-place finish at the NCAAs, Yang also claimed the first medal
list honors of her career at the Betsy Rawls Intercollegiate and never finished lower than 11th all season. She garnered All-America honors for the third time in her career and became the first Lady Vol golfer to be named to the first team. Her season str
oke average of 73.06 was the best in school history by nearly two strokes.
Yang accomplished the following accolades during the 2000-01 school year:
o Shot NCAA-low 65 at the Bryant National Collegiate
o Set school record with 36-hole total of 137(-7)
o Set school record with 72-hole total of 288 (E)
o Tied school mark with nine top-10 finishes
o Established new career mark with 21 top-10 finishes
o Fired school-record 13 rounds of par or better during the season
o Reset career mark for rounds of par or better at 27
o First Lady Vol Golfer to be a three-time All-American
o Recorded best finish at the NCAA Championships when she captured fifth
o 2001 First Team All-SEC member
o Named CoSIDA/Verizon All-District IV Academic All-American
o School-low season average of 73.06
o Lowest career average at 74.31
The other nominees for the award were Tamika Catchings (basketball), Sharon Dickie (cross country and track & field), Lauren Kueck (rowing), Kelly Berrall (soccer), Maura Mollet (softball), Jaime Sanger (swimming & diving), Crystal Cleveland (tennis) and
Erica Lear (volleyball).