BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- The Coastal Carolina women's golf team had two players earn Big South Conference honors for their play this season, announced by the league today (Apr. 10), as freshman Ann Maness (Galivants Ferry, S.C./Aynor) was named the Freshman of the Year and to the All-Big South squad, while junior Katy Heher (Nichols, S.C./Pee Dee Academy) was also honored on the All-Big South team and the All-Academic squad. The awards, voted on by the Leagues head coaches and sports information directors, were announced Monday evening at the Leagues annual banquet held at the Pearson Hall of Fame on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College.
Maness is Coastal Carolinas third consecutive Freshman of the Year, joining teammates Rachel Graves (2005) and Katy Heher (2004). A three-time Big South Golfer of the Week this season, Maness received 14 of 15 first-place votes after posting a 77.15 stroke average in all nine of Coastals tournaments, ranking third in the Conference. She posted three top-10 finishes, including a personal-best fifth-place standing at the Papa Johns Collegiate, and ended the regular-season shooting in the 70s in 20 of her 26 rounds. Maness, ranked No. 271 nationally by Golfweek, was Coastals top finisher in seven events this season.
Heher earns her third consecutive All-Big South honor after averaging 78.04 strokes per round, ranking sixth in the league, and posting one top-10 and three top-20 finishes. Her best finish this year was a tie for eighth at the Unlimited Potential/Bay Tree Classic, leading the Lady Chanticleers to a runner-up finish. She fired her season low of 73 this spring at the Pinehurst Challenge. She currently ranks fourth in school history with a 77.61 career scoring average.
The Lady Chanticleers return to the course for the second round of the 2006 PUPS Big South Championships, Tue., Apr. 11. The 54-hole event is being hosted by Birmingham-Southern at Bent Brook Golf Club in McCalla, Ala.