KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — — Tennessee Women’s Golf senior Lucia Polo was selected from over 1,200 outstanding minority student-athletes as the Second Runner Up for the Class of 2017 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars, as announced by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
In 2016, Polo was named the winner of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award for women’s golf.
To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2; and be active on their campuses or in their communities.
A native of Guatemala, Polo has competed in 37 tournaments in her career — totaling 25 rounds of par or better, eight top 10 finishes and 15 top 25 placements. This season, Polo has played in five tournaments and recorded a stroke average of 75.00. She boasts two rounds of par or better and three top 25 finishes, including a 10th place finish at the Auburn vs. Tennessee Challenge.
As a junior in 2015-16, Polo played in all 12 tournaments of the season, posting a 75.66 average. She shot a career-low 69 in two tournaments and carded two top-five finishes. Polo was named a Golfweek All-American and All-SEC Second Team selection in 2015 after shooting 73.10 as a sophomore.
In the classroom, Polo — a marketing major and international business minor — earned Summa Cum Laude Dean’s List honors in the fall of 2016. She was also named the 2016 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second season in a row (also 2015).
During her collegiate career, Polo has garnered three WGCA Academic All-America accolades in addition to being a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection.
A scholar and athlete, Ashe sought to expand opportunities for young people. Each year, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education invites every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in this awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars.
Former Lady Vol Kara Lawson won the national Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award in 2003.