Taylor Dodson Named Big South Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Big South Photos
Big South Photos

NINETY SIX, S.C. – Gardner-Webb senior Taylor Dodson was named Big South Conference Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's championship tournament.

Dodson (Aiken, S.C. / South Aiken HS) carries a 3.76 cumulative GPA with a major in chemistry.

A two-time All-Big South Conference selection – doing so this season and in 2016 – Dodson appeared in all nine regular season tournaments for Gardner-Webb. She was the team's top finisher five times in those nine events, finishing the regular season ranked fourth in the league with a 75.18 stroke average.

Dodson finished in a tie for 11th at the 2017 Big South Conference Women's Golf Championship, just missing her sixth top-10 finish of the season.

Two of her tournaments saw Dodson earned medalist honors in 2016-2017 and resulted in her also earning Big South Conference Women's Golfer of the Week honors.

Dodson shot back-to-back 70s at the 2016 Preview at the Patriot in early November, finishing at 4-under par to win medalist honors. That also helped Gardner-Webb to top team honors in the event.

Dodson closed out her spring regular season in the same fashion, winning medalist honors at the 2017 Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate Championship with a second-round score of 69 in wet and rainy conditions. Her effort again led Gardner-Webb to a team tournament title.

Dodson's results capped an already impressive career. She finished her four seasons with the Runnin' Bulldogs with 27 top-10 finishes. In addition to her pair of All-Conference honors (2016, 2017), Dodson earned a spot on the All-Freshman team in 2014 and was named Big South Conference Women's Golfer of the Week six times in her career.

Dodson was also a three-time member of the Big South Conference All-Academic Team and earned WCGCA All-America Scholar honors in each of the three previous summers (2014-2016).

All-Conference Team
Annelie Sjoholm, Jr., Campbell
Nadine White, Sr., Campbell
Shelby Thompson, Sr., Charleston Southern
Hayley McNeill, Jr., Charleston Southern
Taylor Dodson, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Ayelen Irizar, Jr., Campbell
Ashley Sloup, Jr., Winthrop
Celia Mansour, Jr., Presbyterian College
Desiree Andersson, Fr., Campbell
Danielle Fuss, Sr., High Point (tie)
Anna Svanka, Soph., Campbell (tie)

All-Freshman Team
Desiree Andersson, Campbell
Stacey White, Campbell
Tonrak Tasaso, High Point
Samantha Vodry, High Point
Rebecca Black, UNC Asheville

All-Academic Team
Annelie Sjoholm, Jr., Campbell
Hayley McNeill, Jr., Charleston Southern
Taylor Dodson, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Danielle Fuss, Sr., High Point
Kyra Horlock, Jr., Longwood
Abby Driscoll, Sr., Presbyterian College
Kasidy Beckel, Soph., Radford
Ashley Sloup, Jr., Winthrop

Golfer of the Year
Annelie Sjoholm, Jr., Campbell

Freshman of the Year
Desiree Andersson, Fr., Campbell

Coach of the Year
John Crooks, Campbell

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Taylor Dodson, Sr., Gardner-Webb

RUNNIN' BULLDOGS INFORMATION CENTER

RUNNIN' BULLDOGS SPONSORS