SEC Announces 2013 Men’s Golf Awards > SEC > NEWS
  • JOIN THE SECNATION   Register / Login
  •  

    SEC Announces 2013 Men’s Golf Awards

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference released its men’s golf awards Tuesday to cap another exciting season of SEC golf.

    Alabama’s Jay Seawell earned SEC Coach of the Year honors while Crimson Tide junior Cory Whitsett was named SEC Golfer of the Year. Whitsett also took home SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors along with Arkansas’ Austin Cook and Missouri’s Hunter Kraus. Taylor Moore (Arkansas) and Matt NeSmith (South Carolina) earned SEC Freshman of the Year accolades.

    Seawell was voted SEC Coach of the Year for the third time, having previously earning the honor in 2012 and 2008. The second-ranked Alabama men's golf team battled through 30 mph winds to hold off South Carolina for the program's fourth SEC Championship and second straight. The Tide began the day three shots back of the Gamecocks and the two teams went back and forth throughout the round. Alabama sealed the win with a 10-over-par round of 290 to finish at 8-over 848 for the tournament. Seawell will direct the United States Palmer Cup Team June 7-9.

    Whitsett helped seal the fourth SEC Championship for Alabama. The junior made birdie on the 16th for a four-shot swing that gave the Tide a lead they would not relinquish. Whitsett was among the six U.S. players selected to the United States Palmer Cup Team. He leads the team with a 70.96 scoring average, which is second in the SEC. Whitsett also ranks fifth in the nation by the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Academically, has a 4.0 grade point average as a Management major and is a 2012 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner.

    Cook earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. He is a four-time Academic All-American, a four-time SEC Honor Roll recipient and has a 3.86 GPA as a Pre-Med/Biology major. Kraus owns a 3.92 grade-point average in Chemistry with a minor in Latin. He is a member of the Missouri Honors College.

    Moore, who earlier this season became the first Razorback men’s golfer ever to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors, tied for eighth with a three-round score of two-under par at the Aggie Invitational and logged his third consecutive top-20 individual finish of the season at that event. The Oklahoma native recorded a 72.93 average over the final five regular-season tournaments.

    NeSmith had his eighth top-20 finish of the season as the Gamecocks finished as the runner-up by two strokes to Alabama at the SEC Championship. He closed out the regular season producing four straight top-10 finishes and winning SEC Freshman of the Week three times. The South Carolina native is second on the team with a scoring average of 73.04.   

    All-SEC honors were chosen by the league's head coaches. Ties were not broken.

    Coach of the Year
    Jay Seawell, Alabama

    Golfer of the Year
    Cory Whitsett, Alabama

    Scholar-Athlete of the Year
    Austin Cook, Arkansas
    Hunter Kraus, Missouri
    Cory Whitsett, Alabama

    Freshman of the Year
    Taylor Moore, Arkansas
    Matt NeSmith, South Carolina

    First Team All-SEC
    Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas
    (SEC Championship Medalist)
    Bobby Wyatt, Alabama
    Justin Thomas, Alabama
    Cory Whitsett, Alabama
    Jace Long, Missouri
    Tyler McCumber, Florida
    Chad Ramey, Mississippi State
    Oliver Goss, Tennessee
    T.J. Mitchell, Mitchell
    Curtis Thompson, LSU

    Second Team All-SEC
    Andrew Presley, LSU
    Nicholas Reach, Georgia
    Dykes Harbin, South Carolina
    Axel Boasson, Mississippi State
    Trey Millinax, Alabama
    Michael Hebert, Auburn
    T.J. Vogel, Florida
    Andrew Evans, Texas A&M

    Freshman All-SEC
    Taylor Moore, Arkansas
    Matt NeSmith, South Carolina
    Oliver Goss, Tennessee
    Lee McCoy, Georgia
    Jake Mondy, Auburn