Alabama Men’s Golfer Davis Riley Tabbed Second Team All-SEC
Alabama sophomore Davis Riley was named to the 2017 Southeastern Conference Second Team, the league office announced on Wednesday. In addition to Riley’s recognition, redshirt freshman Alex Green earned a spot on the conference’s Community Service Team.
Coming off a freshman season in 2015-16 in which he was tabbed an honorable mention All-American, Riley earns his second consecutive nod to the league’s all-conference team in as many years (named to second team and all-freshman team a year ago).
Riley enters next week’s NCAA Regional play ranked No. 47 in the nation according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Player Performance Ratings. Despite battling injuries which forced him to miss the Tide’s first two tournaments this spring, Riley leads Alabama with a 71.19 stroke average and has a team-best total of 2-over par for the year for a .10 average vs. par, which also tops the Tide.
Riley has had four consecutive top-12 finishes entering postseason play, including an 11th-place finish at the 2017 SEC Championships. His opening round of 66 at the SECs marked a career-best 18-hole total and was the lowest round shot by an Alabama golfer this year. Earlier this year, the Hattiesburg, Miss., native shot a career-best 54-hole tournament total of 207 to finish ninth overall at the Mason Rudolph Championship.
Riley has had 54 of his 57 (.947) career rounds count towards the team total, including 20 of 21 (.952) this season.
Meanwhile, Green, who served as the men’s golf representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), led all Crimson Tide men’s golfers in total hours served in the community. Included in his community service projects were volunteering his time at the Halloween Extravaganza and working with the local Child Abuse Prevention Services.
As a team, Alabama now turns its focus toward NCAA play next weekend. The Crimson Tide will find out its postseason fate on Thursday, May 4, when the NCAA Regional Selection Show will air on the Golf Channel at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET). NCAA Regional play will begin on Monday, May 15.
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