Alabama’s Lauren Stephenson is the 2017-18 Golfweek Player of the Year for women’s collegiate golf, the magazine announced this week. Stephenson is the first Alabama player to receive the honor in the 20-year history of the award.
The honor is the second national award for the Lexington, S.C., native. In May, she won the Golfstat Cup, presented annually to the women’s collegiate golfer with the best scoring average. Stephenson’s 69.76 average is a school record and the lowest in the 20-year history of the award. The Lexington, S.C., native tied for seventh at the NCAA Championships and was a member of the U.S. squad that won the Curtis Cup this past weekend.
Stephenson and Alabama sophomore Kristen Gillman were also named First Team All-Americans by Golfweek while junior Cheyenne Knight was a second-team selection. The recognition is the second for all three this year. The Women’s Golf Coaches Association tabbed the trio First Team All-Americans last month.