Cheyenne Knight Named Player of the Year; Kristen Gillman Earns Freshman of the Year Honors from SEC
The Alabama women’s golf team was well-represented in the 2017 Southeastern Conference women’s golf awards, announced by the league office on Thursday.
Sophomore Cheyenne Knight was named the SEC Player of the Year, while freshman Kristen Gillman was named the league’s Freshman of the Year. Knight, Gillman and sophomore Lauren Stephenson also earned first team All-SEC honors and Gillman was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. Senior Cammie Gray was named to the SEC Community Service Team for the second consecutive year.
The All-SEC honor is the second for Knight, who joins Stephanie Meadow (2013, 2014) as the only Crimson Tide women’s golfers to earn SEC Player of the Year honors. Gillman joins Jennifer Kirby (2010), Meadow (2011) and Emma Talley (2013) as the fourth SEC Freshman of the Year in program history.
The first-team selections for Knight, Gillman and Stephenson marks the third time in program history that Alabama has landed three golfers on the All-SEC first team. Camilla Lennarth, Stephanie Meadow and Brooke Pancake were honored in 2011 while Meadow, Pancake and Jennifer Kirby were selected in 2012.
Alabama returns to action on Monday at the NCAA Athens Regional at the University of Georgia Golf Club in Athens Ga. The regional will run from May 8-10 with the top six teams advancing to the NCAA Championships May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.