Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Razorbacks coach wins SEC award
Arkansas women's golf head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor, left, and Emily Tubert talk during an afternoon practice session Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Blessings Golf Course in Johnson.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' Shauna Estes-Taylor was named the Southeastern Conference's women's golf coach of the year Friday.
The Razorbacks won three tournament titles and were top five in seven of nine events this season. Arkansas, ranked No. 5 nationally, finished third at the SEC Championship two weeks ago and will compete in the NCAA regional at Oklahoma State next week.
Estes-Taylor is the first Razorbacks women's golf coach to win conference coach of the year honors. It's the second notable award during her career at Arkansas, where she was named national assistant coach of the year in 2007 prior to taking over as the program's head coach.
In addition to Estes-Taylor, three Razorbacks were recognized by the SEC on Friday. Emily Tubert and Gabriela Lopez were named first-team all-SEC, while Regina Plasencia was selected to the league's second team.
Tubert, who won one individual title this season, joined Stacy Lewis as the only four-time all-SEC selections at Arkansas. Lopez was a two-time individual champion this year.