June 10, 2002
COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina junior women’s golfer Kristy McPherson has been named to the National Golf Coaches Association first team All-America squad, the second-straight such honor for the award-winning golfer.
McPherson, who led the Lady Gamecocks to the 2002 SEC Championship by winning her second-consecutive individual SEC crown, becomes the first South Carolina women’s golfer ever to earn first team All-America honors on two occasions.
McPherson crushed the USC school record with a 73.92 stroke average and easily led the team with five Top 5, seven Top 10 and nine Top 20 finishes. She carded an amazing 14 rounds at or below par and had nine-consecutive finishes in the Top 10 during the season.
For her career, McPherson has four career tournament titles – two more than any other Gamecock ever and four of the 15 total individual titles in USC history. She owns the USC top individual round – the 67 at last year’s SECs – and of the 30 all-time individual rounds of 70 or better, McPherson owns 12 of those rounds, including six this season. She has six of the 13 all-time USC rounds of 69 or better. McPherson also owns the USC and SEC Tournament all-time top two individual tournament scores (207 at last year’s SECs, 209 this season) and she has 12 of the 22 all-time Carolina tournament scores at 222 or better (five this season including four of the last five). McPherson enters her senior season with 11 career Top Five finishes (three more than Siew Ai Lim for the USC all-time lead) and 17 career Top 10 finishes to rank third in Carolina history.