Estes-Taylor Named SEC Coach of the Year


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ Shauna Estes-Taylor was named the Southeastern Conference’s women’s golf coach of the year Friday.

Estes-Taylor, who is in her seventh season as head coach, earned her first conference coach of the year honor. She was recognized by the conference after Arkansas tied a program record with three tournament titles this season.

The Razorbacks also have logged seven top-five finishes in nine events, including a third-place performance at the SEC Championships. Arkansas is ranked fourth in the Golfstat.com poll and earned a No. 2 seed for next week’s NCAA Central Regional.

Estes-Taylor is the first Arkansas women’s golf coach to earn conference coach of the year honors. Men’s coach Brad McMakin was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2009, while Steve Loy was the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1984.

The Razorbacks have reached an NCAA regional 12 straight seasons with Estes-Taylor on staff as head coach or assistant. She was named the national assistant coach of the year in 2007 before taking over the program.

In addition to Estes-Taylor, three Razorbacks received All-SEC honors Friday.

Emily Tubert and Gabriela Lopez were named first-team, All-SEC honors, while Regina Plasencia was a second-team selection.

Tubert earned her fourth straight first-team honor. The Burbank, Calif., native joins Stacy Lewis as the only Razorback to earn all-SEC honors four straight seasons.

Lopez, who was named a second-team All-SEC selection last season, has won two individual titles. Plasencia was a member of the SEC All-Freshman team last season.

Arkansas will be one of 24 teams competing in the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla., from May 8-10. The top eight finishers will advance to play in the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla., later this month.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau