Emilie Meason, a former University of Georgia All-American, enters her third year as assistant coach of the Vanderbilt women’s golf team.
Meason, who joined the Commodores’ women’s golf program as an assistant coach in July of 2017 after spending the spring of 2016 as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, has helped the Commodores return to postseason competition, advancing to the 2018 and 2019 NCAA tournaments.
In the 2018-19 season, Meason’s assistance with the Commodores paid huge dividends. The team established a single-season program record with six tournament victories, including the NCAA Regional in Auburn, Alabama and Mason Rudolph Championships in Franklin, Tennessee.
Meason’s importance to the 2018-19 Vanderbilt success was acknowledged by her peers when she was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.
Meason’s contribution also helped Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen earn Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his long tenure on West End.
Meason was instrumental in three Commodores earning All-SEC recognition in 2019, including Auston Kim, who became one of the nation’s top freshmen, medalist at the NCAA Auburn Regional, and a qualifier for the United States Women’s Open.
In her first year on campus, Meason helped Allen mentor a young Commodore squad into 2018 NCAA postseason play after the team missed the tournament one year earlier.
Meason, also a four-time All-SEC performer, was a mainstay of the Bulldogs’ lineup from 2009-13, posting 14 top-10 and 28 top-20 finishes in 43 events played. She was a three-time medalist, securing wins at the 2010 Auburn Invitational, the Commodores’ own Mason Rudolph Championship in 2012 and the 2013 Bryan National.
Meason’s career-low round of six-under 66 is second all-time at Georgia. She posted that score both in the first round of the 2012 Lady Puerto Rico Classic and in the third round of the 2010 Tiger/Wave Invitational. Meason also owns two of the top-15 season stroke averages in Georgia history. As a junior, she recorded the ninth-best average of 73.28, and as a senior, she posted a stroke average of 73.47, which is 14th on the Bulldogs’ all-time list.
Following a brief career competing professionally, Meason regained her amateur status in 2015. She qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur that summer and also helped Georgia win the USGA’s Women’s State Team Championship later in the year.
A native of Hoschton, Ga., Meason was a standout junior who advanced to match play at both the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior and the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur and participated in the Canon (now Wyndham) Cup.
Emilie is married to William Meason, who played collegiate golf at Arkansas.