SFA Men's and Women's Golf team spoke to students on the importance a college education.
Stefanie Gray begins her seventh season as a member of the Stephen F. Austin golf program, overseeing the women’s program.
2014-15 proved to be a record-breaking season for the Ladyjacks as SFA experienced a number of program milestones. As a team, SFA recorded the lowest scoring average in program history with a 306.29, a five-stroke improvement over the previous season and 24 shots better than the program’s first year of existence.
The Ladyjacks finished the year with top-10 finishes in 10 of their 11 events on the season, highlighed by the program’s first-ever team title, winning the Incarnate Word Fall Invitational in October of 2014. SFA also finished second at the ASU Lady Red Wolf Classic and notched a total of six top-five finishes, including a fourth-place showing at the Southland Conference Championships.
A number of individuals also had breakthrough seasons under Gray’s tutelege. Freshman Erica Lautensack became the first women’s golfer to record an individual championship, winning the ASU Lady Red Wolf Classic with a 3-under 141, then replicated the feat by sharing individual honors at the Islander Classic.
Sophomore Jessie White then became the first golfer in program history to earn a Southland Conference championship, shooting a 4-over 220 and birdieing the playoff hole en route to being named the program’s first-ever first team All-SLC selection. White and Lautensack both earned SLC Golfer of the Month honors, the first two in program history.
Gray’s influence has extended beyond the golf course as the Ladyjacks are constants when it comes to WGCA All-America Scholar honors. White, Sara Jones and Ann Holcomb have all been two-time honorees with Mackenzie Steiner being recognized three times by the organization for their work in the classroom. White also added another honor to SFA’s resume this past spring, being named the SLC Student Athlete of the Year for women’s golf.
Since arriving at SFA, Gray has helped the Ladyjacks to 46 top-10 team showings with 26 individual top-10 finishes.
Gray comes to SFA after an impressive collegiate career at UT-Pan American where she established her mark as the top female golfer in program history. She finished her career with 16 top-10 finishes, including 10 top-five showings, and was a four-time All-Independent selection, earning Golfer of the Year honors in 2003-04.
The UT-Pan Am Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2005-06, Gray was a three-time champion of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship and a two-time champion of the UTPA Bronc Classic. She also excelled in the classroom, earning NGCA All-American Scholar honors all four seasons of her collegiate career, graduating magna cum laude in 2006 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
A 2008 semi-finalist in the Texas Women's State Amateur consolation bracket, Gray won the Austin-San Antonio Tour Championship in 2007. She is also a two-time National Championship qualifier in the Golf Channel Amateur Tour, winning the title in 2007. A 2005 State Amateur Championships quarterfinalists, Gray was a runner-up at the 2005 Central Texas Women's Amateur after shooting a five-under par 139.
The former Stefanie Maynard, she married her husband Michael in 2008 and the couple has one daughter, Rebekah, born in January of 2015.