May Wood Frederiksen '02

Inducted 2017

While at Baylor, May Wood Frederiksen was a member of four state championship golf teams during the Raiders' historic 16-year streak of state titles. She was also the state's first three-time individual champion, winning state crowns in 1998 (at age 14), 1999, and 2000, and was certainly on track for a fourth consecutive title had it not been for a wrist injury suffered in an automobile accident. That is already an impressive resume for a high school athlete, but there is much more to say about Frederiksen's Baylor years.

Frederiksen was the youngest woman, at 15, to win the City Championship; finished runner-up once and fourth once at the National High School Coaches Open; won the City Junior Championship by a record 30 strokes; qualified for the U.S. Junior twice; at one time was the second-ranked player in National Junior Girl rankings; was the first Chattanoogan to qualify for both the U.S. Junior and the U.S. Women's Amateur in the same year; and was the first Chattanoogan to be selected to play in the Canon Cup, which pits East vs. West in team match play.

Still a teenager, Frederiksen won the North and South Jr. Amateur at Pinehurst and later won the North and South Amateur, also at Pinehurst, becoming the first Chattanooga woman since the legendary Betty Probasco to win a major national amateur event. Still an amateur, Frederiksen was invited to the LPGA Electrolux tournament twice. She missed the cut both times, once by only one stroke.

Frederiksen continued her career, playing two years at Vanderbilt University before turning pro. In her final year with the Commodores, 2004, she was the medalist at the SEC championships, second at the NCAA Central Regional, was named to the All-SEC Team and first team All-American, was the SEC Player of the Year.

After college, Frederiksen played from 2004-208 on the LPGA Futures and LPGA Tours and competed in the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open.

Frederiksen and her husband Jens have two children, Gunnar and Lilly, and live in Nashville where she serves as golf instructor at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.

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