2017 Hall of Fame: Nakia Davis

Sept. 4, 2017

Nakia Davis was a golf star long before she arrived at Vanderbilt in 1993.

As a high school golfer in New Orleans, Davis became a four-time winner of the Louisiana Girls State Championship. She earned the 1991 Minority Golfers Honor and won the 1992 Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month.

But Davis truly cemented her legacy when she became a student-athlete at Vanderbilt. As a member of the Commodores’ golf program, Davis became the first African-American golfer in the Southeastern Conference.

During Davis’ groundbreaking career at Vanderbilt, she led the Commodores in six tournaments. She finished as the Dores’ top scorer five times during the 1992-93 season, including at the SEC Championships. Along with her SEC finish, she paced Vanderbilt in the Tennessee Tech/Vanderbilt Tournament, Memphis State Invitational, Beacon Woods Invitational, UNC-Wilmington Invitational and Lady Kat Invitational.

Davis graduated from Vanderbilt in 1996 with a degree in economics. That year, she turned pro and spent four years on the Symetra Futures Tour. Davis later earned her MBA from the University of New Orleans and her law degree from Loyola University New Orleans. She is now an attorney in Houston.

All 2017 Vanderbilt Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during the Commodores' home football opener against Alabama A&M on Sept. 9.
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