May 6, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andy Seeley
+ Player of the Year Announcement | + NCAA Regional Announcement
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – In the inaugural year of the American Athletic Conference, a freshman was named the best women’s golfer in the league. UCF’s Ashley Holder, a product of Orlando and Lake Nona High School, was honored with that rare combination of awards.
Even Holder, who is ultra-competitive according to her head coach Emily Marron, was surprised by the honors.
“I was speechless,” Holder said. “I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t expect Player of the Year or Freshman of the Year. I put in a lot of hard work and dedication. But once I started playing well and I kept playing well, I was like ‘I can do this.’”
While she may not have expected the Player of the Year honor, it may have been a bit of humility on her part to say she didn’t expect Freshman of the Year. After all, she was a unanimous selection for that accolade.
“Freshman of the Year was a no-brainer,” Marron said. “(Player of the Year) was close. Ashley’s been consistent all year. It’s a rare accomplishment to be the best player in the conference and be a little freshman. It’s quite an accomplishment. She had high goals. Coming in back in August, she said ‘I want to be an All-American.’ To back that up and be on her way to that is quite impressive.”
Check out the video above for highlights and more from Holder and Marron
The Knights headed to Tallahassee, Fla. Tuesday to begin preparation for NCAA Regional play. The regional tournament is slated for Thursday-Saturday at the SouthWood Golf Club. UCF enters the tournament as the No. 6 seed, with the top eight finishers advancing to the NCAA Championship round later this month in Tulsa, Okla.