Mash­burn earns TTU Im­pact Award

Cal­houn alum takes hon­ors after strong fresh­man year

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Mike Lehman

Tenn.

— Ju­nior Matthew Giles and se­nior Allyson Dunn were hon­ored as the 201718 Most Valu­able Play­ers for the Ten­nessee Tech men’s and women’s golf teams, as Ten­nessee Tech head golf coach Polk Brown an­nounced the post­sea­son awards for the Golden Ea­gle squads.

On the women’s side, fresh­man and for­mer Cal­houn High stand­out Kate Mash­burn was named the Im­pact Award win­ner after par­ti­pat­ing in seven events and com­pil­ing a scor­ing av­er­age of 80.33. She fin­ished in the top-25 of four tour­na­ments, in­clud­ing the OVC Cham­pi­onships where she fired a first-round 74.

“Kate played in over half of our tour­na­ments this year and to qual­ify for con­fer­ence and play the way she did that first day was pretty im­pres­sive,” Brown said. “She is just an awe­some young lady and very coach­able. She’s al­ways ex­cited to play and prac­tice and she’s such a joy to be around. I think she is go­ing to be a leader on the team for the next few years.”

Giles earned his first Gil­bert Darcy MVP honor for the men’s team while Dunn cap­tured her third straight MVP se­lec­tion as a mem­ber of the women’s team. Giles also cap­tured team hon­ors for Low Av­er­age and Best Put­ter.

Rep­re­sent­ing the men’s team as cap­tain for the sec­ond straight year was se­nior A.J. Wilk­er­son. The fifth-year man took part in 10 of the team’s 12 events through­out the year and ended his long ca­reer with a 75.48 scor­ing av­er­age.

Dunn served as team co-cap­tain for the sec­ond year in-a-row, shar­ing the du­ties with ju­nior Hollee Sadler. Dunn, who also earned the team hon­ors for Low Av­er­age, Best Put­ter and Long Hit­ter, ended her three-year Golden Ea­gle ca­reer with the low­est scor­ing av­er­age in pro­gram his­tory, a mark of 76.98. The se­nior vet­eran recorded three top-10 fin­ishes on the year, in­clud­ing a third-place show­ing at the Bobby Ni­chols In­ter­col­le­giate to earn All-Tour­na­ment hon­ors. Sadler posted a 79.52 scor­ing av­er­age while par­tic­i­pat­ing in ev­ery event on the year. She nabbed a top-10 fin­ish at the Chris Ban­is­ter Golf Clas­sic.

Fresh­men Will Brooks and Brac­ton Wo­mack shared the Im­pact Award for the men’s team, burst­ing onto the scene with spec­tac­u­lar de­buts in the pur­ple and gold. The two rook­ies fin­ished sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively, in scor­ing on the year, with Brooks hold­ing a slight ad­van­tage of 74.25 to Wo­mack’s 74.40. Brooks, earned three top-10 fin­ishes and two Al­lTour­na­ment hon­ors (high­lighted with a fifth-place fin­ish at the OVC Cham­pi­onships) while set­ting the pro­gram’s fresh­man scor­ing mark with a 66 in the sec­ond round of the MTSU In­ter­col­le­giate. Wo­mack earned a spot on the All-OVC New­comer Team while post­ing two top-10 and one top-five fin­ish. Both play­ers sported the low­est scor­ing av­er­ages for a Tech fresh­man in over a decade.

The Most Im­proved Player awards went to sopho­mores Cameron Yeary and Shelby John­son. Yeary shaved more than a full stroke off his scor­ing av­er­age from his rookie sea­son, turn­ing in a mark of 75.69. He ended the year with a splash, fir­ing scores of 72 and 67 in the first two rounds of the OVC Cham­pi­onships, fin­ish­ing in 22nd over­all. John­son went from play­ing in just four events as a red­shirt fresh­man to com­pet­ing in all 10 tour­na­ments this sea­son, also trim­ming over a full shot from her scor­ing av­er­age. She con­cluded the year with four top25 fin­ishes and a 79.11 av­er­age.

John­son also claimed the women’s team’s Most Ded­i­cated Player honor while the men’s award went to se­nior Alexan­der Rid­dle. Rid­dle ended his fouryear ca­reer with a 76.06 scor­ing av­er­age, in­clud­ing a 75.50 mark this sea­son. He notched two Al­lTour­na­ment hon­ors on the year, plac­ing fourth in the Sam­ford In­ter­col­le­giate and Grover Page Clas­sic.

Dab­ney Dick­en­son was named the Long Hit­ter for the men’s team for the sec­ond straight year.

TEN­NESSEE TECH ATHLETICS

Ten­nessee Tech’s Kate Mash­burn chips onto the green dur­ing a tour­na­ment this past sea­son.

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