By Cameron Greenwood
Special to The Tuscaloosa News
Alabama men’s golf had two first-team All-SEC selections this season, senior Lee Hodges and junior Davis Riley.
Hodges and Riley are the first Alabama teammates voted to the conference’s first team since 2014 when Alabama had four golfers earn the recognition and the Crimson Tide won its second consecutive national championship.
“I’m excited for them,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “They work very hard. I think they’ve both had great years.”
Riley, ranked No. 20 in the nation, earned his third consecutive All-SEC selection and his first on the first team after posting a stroke average of 70.90 and average vs. par of -0.30.
“I know people like Justin (Thomas), Bud (Cauley), Trey (Mullinax) and all them it’s pretty good company to keep,” Riley said. “It’s really exciting to be a part of that group and something so special like that.”
Hodges earned his first All-SEC selection since transferring to Alabama before the start of the 2016-17 season. The senior is ranked No. 12 in the nation and leads the team in stroke average (70.63), and average vs. par (-0.57).
“It’s a big deal for me and I’m excited,” Hodges said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and my coaches. It’s an honor for me and my family.”
Hodges and Riley have collectively earned three medalist finishes, 10 top-10 finishes, with Riley earning an additional four top-five finishes.
The Crimson Tide returns to action May 14-16 when it heads to Stockton, California, to compete in its regional matchup for the NCAA Tournament.