Courtney Wood Earns First Team Honors, while Sarah Jacobs and May Wood Earn Second Team Honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Vanderbilt Commodores placed three players on the 2002-03 All-Southeastern Conference Golf Team announced Tuesday by conference officials. Courtney Wood earned first team honors, while Sarah Jacobs and May Wood earned second team honors.

Wood, a junior from Brentwood, leads the Commodores in stroke average with a 74.76, sixth in the SEC. She is ranked 32nd in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. She has finished in the Top 10 in five tournaments, including first place finishes in the Mason Rudolph Championship and the Bryan National Collegiate Championship. She is one of only three SEC golfers to win multiple tournaments during the 2002-03 season. Her best round was a 68 in the Mason Rudolph Championship (second round). Wood is the first Commodore ever to earn first-team honors. Wood was named to the All-SEC Honorable Mention team last season.

Jacobs, a junior from Whites Creek, owns a 75.36 stroke average and is ranked 11th in the SEC with a 45 national ranking. She has four Top 5 finishes this season, including runnerup finishes at the NCAA Fall Preview and the Vanderbilt Triangular. She shot a season-best 69 in the third round of the Stanford-Pepsi Women’s Intercollegiate. Jacobs was named to the SEC honorable mention team as a freshman.

Wood, a freshman from Signal Mountain, is the first Commodore freshman to be named to the All-SEC second team. She owns a 75.40 stroke average and ranked 12th in the SEC and 42nd in the nation. She has five Top 5 finishes, including a first place finish at the Bryan National Collegiate Championship. She has finished in the Top eight in three of the last four tournaments. Her best round is a 69 in the second round of the Stanford-Pepsi Women’s Intercollegiate.

“This is such a well deserved honor for these young ladies,” Head Coach Martha Freitag said. “They have had a great season so far and this is a tribute to them, their teammates and Vanderbilt University. You can’t have too many players like this on your team. I am really excited for them and this says a lot about where we’ve come from and where we're going,” Freitag added.

Eight women earned first-team All-SEC honors and eight earned second-team All-SEC honors.

Vanderbilt Head Coach Martha Freitag was named SEC Coach of the Year last Friday (April 18).

2002-03 Women’s Golf All-Southeastern Conference Teams and Honors

Danielle Downey, Auburn
Diana Ramage, Auburn
Celeste Troche, Auburn
Aimee Cho, Florida
Kristy McPherson, South Carolina
Violeta Retamoza, Tennessee
Jessica Shepley, Tennessee
Courtney Wood, Vanderbilt

Maria Martinez, Auburn
Amanda Dick, Florida
Brittany Straza, Florida
Kelly Froelich, Georgia
Summer Sirmons, Georgia
Sofie Andersson, Mississippi State
Sarah Jacobs, Vanderbilt
May Wood, Vanderbilt

SEC COACH OF THE YEAR: Martha Freitag, Vanderbilt
SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kristy McPherson, South Carolina
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Violeta Retamoza, Tennessee


Vanderbilt Athletic Department
2601 Jess Neely Drive
Nashville, TN 37212
615-322-GOLD (4653)