MACON, Ga. – The Mercer women's golf team was rewarded for an outstanding season on Wednesday, as three players earned Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors in an announcement made by the league office. Sophomore Lacey Fears earned first team honors, while sophomore Mary Alice Murphy picked up second team honors and Sarah Louie Brown garnered an all-freshman distinction.
"These honors show the direction our program is moving in," Mercer head coach Gary Guyer said. "We've got great athletes who work hard both on the course and in the classroom. As a team, we really worked hard this year and I'm very proud of them."
Fears' selection marks her first career conference postseason award after a stellar season that saw her lead the team with a 75.0 scoring average. During the year, Fears notched five top-20 finishes and a pair of tournament championships at the Eat a Peach Collegiate and the Courtyard Invitational.
In the conference tournament, Fears capped her outstanding season with a second place finish after losing the individual championship on the second playoff hole. For her efforts, she was rewarded with an A-Sun All-Tournament team recognition.
Murphy landed all-conference honors for the second straight year after collecting an all-freshman spot last season. Murphy's sophomore campaign featured six top-20 placements, including five finishes inside the top-10 individually. At the A-Sun Championship, Murphy battled her way to a tie for 12th place overall with an aggregate total of 223.
Brown drew an all-freshman team honor after recording four top-20 finishes during the year. In her first year of collegiate golf, Brown found her way into the top-10 individually twice, including a ninth place finish at the A-Sun Championship.
Mercer's three all-conference selections is a program record total after a banner year that saw the team finish ranked No. 113 by Golfstat's head-to-head rankings. During the year, Mercer's success boosted the team to a program-record 96th position in Golfstat's rankings. Previously, the team had never cracked the top-100 of the outlet's ranking system.