May 27, 2012
Senior Marina Alex and junior Lauren Stratton were each named first-team All-Americans by the National Golf Coaches Association, the first time in school history the Commodores have placed two on the first team, in announcement made over the weekend by the organization. The NGCA honored 11 members on the first team, 11 on the second team, and 11 honorable mention team members.
Alex, who leaves Vanderbilt as the school’s all-time leading stroke leader and is a two-time SEC Player of the Year, was named to the first team for the second time – she also was selected in 2010. Stratton, from nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., cracked the top 11 for the first time in her career.
The two Vanderbilt first-team selections was a program first. The Commodores also had two All-Americans in 2004 and 2006, with only one of those being a first-team pick (May Wood, 2004).
The Commodores recently finished their fifth season under head coach Greg Allen and their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship, with the 2012 addition hosted on their home golf course, the Vanderbilt Legends Club North Course. Vanderbilt finished 11th on Friday at the championship.