Shreveport – Centenary men's and women's head golf coach Emlyn Aubrey was the recipient of the Womack Award, receiving the honor from Dr. Chris Holoman at a faculty gathering in August.
The Womack Award was established in memory of former Centenary Dean of Students David Womack, who passed away suddenly in August 2009. Nominations for the Womack Award are considered each August by the Cabinet of the College, and a recipient is chosen if a worthy candidate is identified. Honoring the example and the memory of the late David Womack, Womack Award winners are chosen on the basis of their leadership skills, their ability to work across divisional and departmental lines, their commitment to and skill at building bridges, and their capacity to be inclusive of all members of the campus community.
Aubrey, in his 12th year at Centenary, played professionally on both the PGA and Nationwide (now the Web.com) tours. He played collegiately at LSU and was an SEC individual champion in 1984 and was also a part of the team championship in 1986 for. Aubrey was also a two-time All-American and finished third at NCAA National Championships in 1986.
"I was brought up in a way that when you work with someone or a group of people, or as a teammate, you support them no matter what my own situation is," said Aubrey. "
"This award certainly wasn't anything I was striving for but I appreciate the recognition. So, a big thank you to those who support me"
Centenary has amassed 15 all-conference selections, 22 Conference Golfers of the Week nods, two Louisiana Sports Writers Association honorees, and 69 Academic All-Conference honorees during Aubrey's time with the Maroon and White. In addition, Jamie Wright was named an All-American Scholar by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) for both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Following the 2017-18 season, Erin Rostro was honored with the WGCA Kim Moore Spirit Award for NCAA Division III. The award recognizes and honors a student-athlete or coach who exemplifies a great spirit toward the game of golf, a positive attitude on and off the golf course, and a role model for her team and mental toughness in facing challenges.
Aubrey also mentored the most successful Ladies golfer in school history, Jessica Varner, from 2015-2018. In just three seasons, Varner twice grabbed Southern Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Golfer of the Year (2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons) and won the 2017 SCAC Individual Championship - becoming the first conference medalist since Hal Sutton in 1979 and 1980. Varner finished First Team All-Conference all three seasons and was named SCAC Women's Golfer of the Week eight times.