Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
UA freshman golfer Anacona named All-SEC
A Razorback head cover sits in a golf bag at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers during practice rounds for the Walmart NWA Arkansas Championship.
Arkansas freshman Ela Anacona was named second-team All-SEC in voting by the league’s 14 head coaches released by the conference office on Thursday.
Anacona, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was also named to the 10-player All-Freshman team.
“Ela was a big piece in our team’s success this season,” Arkansas Coach Shauna Taylor said in a UA release. “She has come in as a freshman and made an immediate impact. She is a tireless worker, prepares very well for each event, and is a fierce competitor. You combine those three items and you have a recipe for success.
“She is just getting started and I’m thrilled to see her get honored for her great golf.”
Arkansas redshirt sophomore Julia Dean of Brighton, Mich., was named to the SEC women’s golf community service team.
LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad was selected as both SEC player of the year and freshman of the year, while Ole Miss’ Kory Henkes was voted as coach of the year.
Lindblad led the first-team choices, along with Auburn’s Megan Schofill and Kaleigh Telfer, Ole Miss’ Julia Johnson, Mississippi State’s Ashley Gilliam, South Carolina’s Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, Kentucky’s Jensen Castle and Alabama’s Kenzie Wright.
Anacona played in five of the Razorbacks’ six events during the 2019-20 season and finished in the top 2 of four of them. Her first top-20 finish came in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate when she tied for 19th place.
Anacona peaked at the White Sands Invitational at Paradise Island, Bahamas, when she fired two rounds of 69 and placed sixth with a career-best 211 in the three-round tournament.
In the Razorbacks’ final competition of the spring prior to the coronavirus shutdown, Anacona placed 23rd in the Darius Rucker Invitational at Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
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