Thu, Apr. 26, 2012 - [Women's Golf]
The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women's Golf program had a great season in 2011-2012 and capped it off with an outstanding performance in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Championship. The Patriots came away with an individual championship, a tournament title by 43 strokes, and a plethora of hardware to show their great play throughout the year.
Sophomore Liz Stephens (Tockington, Bristol UK) was named the MSC Player of the Year for her outstanding year of play in 2011-2012. Over the year, Stephens recorded three tournament victories and 9 top 10 finishes.
Cristina Jimenez (Murcia, Spain) was also named the MSC Freshman of the Year. Cristina, who only competed in the spring for the Patriots, finished the season with three top 10 finishes.
Juniors Laura Beth Harris (Glasgow, KY) and McKinzie Price (Somerset, KY) along with Stephens and Jimenez were named to the MSC First Team All-Conference. Harris has a fantastic season notching three victories of her own while having 9 top 10 finishes. Price added 6 top 10 finishes as well. Taylor Gillis (Lawrenceburg, KY) and Shannon Bishop (Glasgow, KY) also earned Honorable Mention All-Conference awards for their great play this season.
Twenty-two student-athletes earned academic all-conference for maintaining at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and being a sophomore or higher standing. Patriots earning this honor include Hannah Moore (London, KY), Laura Beth Harris, McKinzie Price, and Taylor Gillis.
Head Coach Chris Kraftick commented, "Liz had a tremendous year for us. She's had three wins in her last four tournaments and has had a terrific spring season. She is definitely deserving of the Player of the Year award. Cristina came in mid-year and has made a huge impact on our program. To receive MSC honors in just one semester is very tough but she deserves it. Laura Beth has had a great season and has elevated herself to one of the top players in the country. McKinzie has done the same this season. Although she had some ups and downs, I'm proud to see her work and become one of the best players in the conference. Taylor and Shannon have both been key to our success this season. There is some amazing talent in these ladies and they have great futures ahead of them."
The Patriot ladies will travel now to compete in the NAIA National Championships on May 15th-18thin Greenville, TN at Link Hills Country Club.
For more information on the Patriots Women's Golf program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.