BIRMINGHAM — The Southeastern Conference announced its women’s golf awards on Thursday, and two University of Alabama golfers took home two of the league’s top honors.
Sophomore Cheyenne Knight was named the SEC Player of the Year. Kristen Gillman was selected as the SEC’s Freshman of the Year.
Knight, Gillman and sophomore Lauren Stephenson were named All-SEC, first team, and Gillman was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. Senior Cammie Gray of Northport was named to the SEC Community Service Team for the second consecutive year.
Alabama has produced two SEC Players of the Year. Knight joins Stephanie Meadow, who won in 2013 and 2014. Knight becomes a two-time All-SEC selection.
Gillman joins Jennifer Kirby (2010), Meadow (2011) and Emma Talley (2013) as Alabama’s fourth SEC Freshman of the Year in program history.
The first-team selections for Knight, Gillman and Stephenson mark 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 is preparing for the May 8-10 NCAA Athens Regional, which will be held at the University of Georgia Golf Club in Athens Ga. The top six teams at the regional advance to the NCAA Championships May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.