Clanton And Sanz Earn SEC Honors
May 1, 2011
BIRMINGHAM - Auburn senior Cydney Clanton was named to the All-Southeastern Conference First Team for the fourth time in her career, the league office announced last week. Also honored by the SEC was Marta Sanz, who was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Clanton becomes just the second Auburn Tiger to earn All-SEC First Team honors all four years of her career, joining Celeste Troche in the exclusive club. She is also just the seventh Tiger ever to be named to an All-SEC team all four years, joining Robin Cook, Danielle Downey, Troche, Maria Martinez, Nicole Hage and Candace Schepperle.
A native of Concord, N.C., Clanton has led the Tigers throughout the season, notching a team-best 72.29 stroke average. She has led Auburn in seven of the eight tournaments she competed in, tallying six top-20 finishes and four top-five finishes. Most recently, she placed third at the SEC Championship with a 2-under 214.
She has 11 sub-par rounds on the season and six rounds in the 60s. In April, she was selected as one of just six amateur golfers in the country to compete in the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship. Clanton is also currently ranked 11th in the country according to the GolfWeek ratings.
"Cydney is very deserving of this honor and has worked so hard this season," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "She is the heart and soul of this team and I cannot say enough about what she has meant to us, not just this season but her entire career."
With Clanton being named to the First-Team All SEC, the Auburn women's golf program has had at least one golfer selected to the elite squad for the past 19 years.
Also earning SEC honors was Marta Sanz, who was named to the All-Freshman Team. The Madrid, Spain native currently ranks fourth on the team in stroke average with a 75.46. She has two top-20 finishes on the season, including a season-best tie for 14th at the SEC Championship.
"Marta is a very talented freshman and has had a great first season," said Evans. "She continually improved throughout the year and has become a big contributor for us. We are looking for some big things out of Marta."
Auburn will return to action May 5-7 as the team travels to Daytona Beach, Fla., to participate in NCAA East Regional Championship at LPGA International.
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SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
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