Spartans sweep SoCon awards, finish second at league tournament 04-16-2012

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – UNCG's Fanny Cnops was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year and Emily Marron was tabbed the league's coach of the year, but the Spartans couldn't hold off a strong, late charge Tuesday by Chattanooga, who rallied past UNCG at the Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship for their third straight title.

Ana Lucia Martinez also garnered All-Southern Conference honors for the Spartans, who had three golfers finish in the top 10.

Led by individual runner-up Cnops, the 64th-ranked Spartans finished just three strokes behind the Lady Mocs, carding a total score of 924 with a 308 Tuesday. Cnops shot 9-over par for the tournament with an even-par 72 Tuesday, her lowest round of the event, putting her at 225 (75-78-72).

Martinez finished fourth after firing a 76 in round three. Overall, she finished just three shots behind Cnops with a 228 (78-74-76).

Begona Sarabia, who had a share of the lead after Sunday's first round, held on to finish tied for 10th place. She shot a final-round 82, giving her a cumulative score of 235 (74-79-82).

Berglind Bjornsdottir closed with a round of 85, which tied her for 27th place with a 243 (79-79-85), and Courtney Taylor recorded a 78 Tuesday, moving her up into a tie for 31st with 245 (84-83-78).

In the individual standings, Chattanooga's Jordan Britt held on to the three-shot lead she took into the clubhouse after round two. Britt carded a final-round 74, finishing 6-over par for the tournament with a 222.

As a team, Chattanooga fired a three-round total of 921 (317-303-301), moving up from sixth after the first round to second on day two before passing the Spartans on Tuesday with the low round of the tournament.

Cnops became UNCG's first-ever SoCon Player of the Year in women's golf and first freshman of the year since Taylor earned the award in 2010. The rookie from Gent, Belgium, turned in eight top-10 finishes on the season, including a pair of wins. She posted runner-up finishes in each of her last two tournaments.

Marron is the Spartans' first-ever SoCon Coach of the Year.

Team scores
1. Chattanooga    317-303-301=921
2. UNCG    306-310-308=924
3. College of Charleston    314-317-308=939
4. Furman    311-322-317=950
5. Appalachian State    329-309-313=951
6. Western Carolina    315-322-316=953
7. Elon    310-327-323=960
8. Samford    317-319-334=970
9. Wofford    319-331-327=977
10. The Citadel    351-346-336=1033

UNCG individuals
2. Fanny Cnops    75-78-72=225
4. Ana Lucia Martinez    78-74-76=228
T10. Begona Sarabia    74-79-82=235
T27. Berglind Bjornsdottir    79-79-85=243
T31. Courtney Taylor    84-83-78=245

All-Conference Team
Fanny Cnops, UNCG
Laura Wearn, Furman
Leigh Whittaker, College of Charleston
Ana Lucia Martinez, UNCG
Kathy Boehm, College of Charleston
Martyna Mierzwa, Elon
Vanessa Koechli, College of Charleston
Alexa Rancourt, Furman
Liz Wendt, Furman
Jordan Britt, Chattanooga
Blaire Minter, Western Carolina
All-Freshman Team
Fanny Cnops, UNCG
Bailey Gray, Samford
Mette Kryger, Chattanooga
Emily Stallings, Samford
Sofie Kvarnstrom, Western Carolina
Player of the Year
Fanny Cnops, UNCG
Freshman of the Year
Fanny Cnops, UNCG
Coach of the Year
Emily Marron, UNCG

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