Judi Pavon, Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Tennessee, has been named the 2020 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award Recipient, the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s (WGCA) most prestigious honor. Pavon will be recognized on Sunday evening, December 8, 2019 at the WGCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.
Pavon served on the WGCA Board of Directors from 2007-2014, holding the position of President from 2010-2012. She also served on the Awards Committee and Hall of Fame Committee while on the board.
Since 2000, the Lady Vols women’s golf program has participated in a pen pal program with local third graders, which includes writing letters, hosting golf lessons on campus, and visiting the classroom at the end of the year. In addition, the program hosts an annual golf clinic for girls in the community, with both coaches and players participating. Pavon also assisted in developing a Grads to Golf program, which teaches the game of golf to female MBA students to prepare them to play the game in their future working environment.
In her 19 years as Head Women’s Golf Coach at Tennessee, the Lady Vols have never failed to reach postseason play and have went on to make 12 NCAA Championship appearances. Under Pavon, student-athletes earned All-American honors 29 times, All-SEC honors 60 times, and All-American Scholar accolades 51 times.