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Tuesday April 22, 2003Three Women's Golfers Earn All-SEC Honors

Gainesville, FL

Three members of the University of Florida women's golf team have earned All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors for the 2002-03 season, league officials announced Tuesday. Freshman Aimee Cho (Orlando, Fla.) was named First-Team All-SEC while junior Amanda Dick (Clearwater, Fla.) and senior Brittany Straza (Fort Myers, Fla.) were named to the second team.

Cho, the SEC Tournament Champion, recently captured the title as she shot an even-par 216 in three rounds of the SEC Tournament last weekend at the University Club of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. She sealed her victory after sinking a 30-foot putt to birdie the last hole of the tournament. She became only the second Florida freshman to win the SEC title since Deb Richard won in 1982.

Cho currently leads the Lady Gators with a 74.11 stroke average, as 17-of-18 (94.44 percent) of her rounds played were counted toward the team score. After missing the fall portion of the season due to visa issues, Cho has competed in all six tournaments in the spring, including three second place finishes. Earlier in the season, she was also named the SEC Women's Golfer of the Week.

Dick, who has lowered her stroke average from 77.23 last season to 75.36 this season, has competed in nine tournaments for the Lady Gators this season. Dick recently placed 12th at the SEC Tournament, carding a 227. She recorded her best finish of the season at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship in October where she finished tied for third place with a three-round score of 220. Dick also tied for fourth place, shooting a collegiate-low tournament score of 218, to help Florida to their second straight SunTrust Invitational title.

Straza, a three-time Second Team All-SEC honoree, currently ranks fourth on the team with a 75.86 stroke average. She recently finished tied for 20th place at the SEC Tournament after shooting a three-round 233. Straza's highest finish of the season came at the SunTrust Invitational as she tied for fourth place, carding a 218, including a two-under-par 70 in the third round. Straza finished the regular season with a 12th place finish at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, shooting a three-round 222. Straza was also recently named to the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third straight year.

The Lady Gators await selections for the 2003 NCAA Regionals, to be announced Monday, April 28.


2003 SEC Women's Golf Awards

First-Team All-SEC

Kristy McPherson, South Carolina

Celeste Troche, Auburn

Violeta Retamoza, Tennessee

Aimee Cho, Florida

Jessica Shepley, Tennessee

Courtney Wood, Vanderbilt

Danielle Downey, Auburn

Diana Ramage, Auburn

Second-Team All-SEC

Sofie Andersson, Mississippi State

Sarah Jacobs, Vanderbilt

May Wood, Vanderbilt

Maria Martinez, Auburn

Amanda Dick, Florida

Kelly Froelich, Georgia

Summer Sirmons, Georgia

Brittany Straza, Florida

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


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