University of Alabama senior Kenzie Wright was recently named, by the Women's Golf Coaches Association, as a Second-Team All-American.
This marks the 15th consecutive year the Crimson Tide has boasted All-America honorees under head coach Mic Potter.
"Being named a WGCA All-American is another box checked off Kenzie's list of college golf goals,” Potter said.
“Her improvement over the past two years has been astronomical. And (Assistant Golf) Coach (Susan) Rosenstiel and I are excited that Kenzie has chosen to return to Alabama in order to accomplish her dream of winning an individual title, and to compete for the SEC and National Championship.”
Wright has been one of the Crimson Tide's steadiest players throughout her senior campaign, playing in all seven tournaments, with a stroke average of 71.92. She will return as a fifth-year senior, as senior athletes in spring sports have been granted a release to return for another year of competition by the NCAA.
She is the No. 17-ranked collegiate golfer according to the Golfstat rankings, with the McKinney, Texas, native carding 12 rounds at par or better this season and earned a runner-up finish at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational.
Earlier this month, Wright was announced to the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup team, which has been rescheduled to take place at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla. Dec. 21-23, 2020.
She was also selected to play in the second annual Augusta National Women's Amateur, which has been postponed until April 2021, and will feature many of the top women's amateur golfers in the world, including Wright.
Alabama Golf Association Women’s Scholarship latest recipients
The Alabama Golf Association (AGA) announced last week the selections of Lily Anderson of Birmingham and Macy Sansing of Chatom as the 2020 AGA Women’s Scholarship Recipients.
Anderson is currently a senior at Vestavia Hills High School and plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall to pursue a degree in Nursing. And Sansing is a senior at Washington County High School and plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Turf Management.
Anderson’s career goal is to become a nurse.
“I am interested in nursing because I’ve had great doctors and nurses that have inspired me to go into the healthcare field. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, I saw the impact nurses were having in being able to help, and that solidified my choice to study nursing.”
She has not only maintained a high GPA, but also has been involved with several extra-curricular activities including playing for the VHHS girls golf team and representing her city as a Vestavia Belle.
Sansing’s career goal is to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a golf course superintendent.
“Turf Management has always been a big part of my family. I have grown up not only loving to play golf, but loving to work on the golf course. After pursuing my degree in Turf Management at Mississippi State, I would like to come back to be the superintendent of The Pines of Chatom Golf Course.”
She has shown a very strong work ethic working on the golf course the past three years, while maintaining her GPA, and being a member of the softball and golf teams.
“The Scholarship Committee is thrilled to award a scholarship to both Lily and Macy,” Adam Powell, AGA Director of Women’s Golf, said.
“We believe that they will be very successful in their future endeavors at the University of Alabama and Mississippi State University while representing the Alabama Golf Association.”
The AGA’s Women’s Scholarship Fund’s objective is to grant scholarships to deserving young women from the state of Alabama who have an interest in golf and are pursuing a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university. The AGA Women’s Scholarship Fund has helped enable 21 young ladies to graduate college and is currently assisting four young ladies pursue their college degrees.
The 2020 Scholarship is valued at $20,000 over four years ($2,500 per semester) and will be renewed on a fall and spring semester basis for eight consecutive semesters (four years), as long as all scholarship requirements are maintained.
Ian Thompson has been writing about golf in Alabama for over 27 years. His weekly “Mr. Golf” column concentrates on golfers, golf events and people associated with the sport of interest to the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas. Reach him with story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org