CHARLOTTE -- Winthrop senior Jutta Degerman and Coastal Carolina coach Eileen Kelly were voted the 2007-08 Big South women's golfer and coach of the year, respectively, by the league's coaches and sports information directors.
Winthrop's Allison Itria was selected freshman of the year while High Point's Ann Marie Dalton garnered Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades.
Degerman led the regular season with a 75.45 stroke average and posted a league-best five top-10 finishes, including four runner-up finishes. Degerman was Winthrop's top finisher in seven of nine events and earned Big South golfer of the week four times.
Degerman received seven of the 14 first-place votes from the panel for 63 points and edged Coastal Carolina's Aruka Felgueroso (61 points, six first-place votes) for player of the year honors. Degerman is the first Winthrop player to win since Janice Roberts in 1998.
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Kelly, in her first year at Coastal, received her first Big South Coach of the Year honor. Kelly received six first-place votes and 14 points, edging Winthrop's Jodi Wendt (four first-place votes and 12 points).
Itria posted a 79.33 scoring average in 18 rounds, the lowest stroke average among the league's freshmen and ninth-best in the Big South. She is the first Winthrop player to be named freshman of the year since Roberts in 1998. Itria received 10 first-place votes and 23 total points, finishing ahead of Coastal's Alicia Grier (nine points, one first-place vote).