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Bama golfers earn 1st Team All-SEC

Hunter Hamrick Hunter Hamrick
Bud Cauley Bud Cauley
Lee Knox Lee Knox

TUSCALOOSA, AL - Alabama men's golfers Bud Cauley and Hunter Hamrick were named first-team All-SEC the while redshirt freshman Lee Knox was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

It is the second straight year for Cauley to earn first-team All-SEC honors after winning SEC Freshman of the Year accolades a season ago. The first-team All-SEC honors is a first for Hamrick, who was selected to the All-Freshman Team in 2008-09.

"Hunter (Hamrick) and Bud (Cauley) are among the best players in the country, much less the conference," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "They have been our leaders on the golf course all year and it is a well-deserved honor being named All-SEC."

Cauley, who hails from Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked second in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and leads the Crimson Tide team with a 71.32 stroke average. He has six top-10 finishes with two victories during the 2009-10 season, coming at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and the Linger Longer Invitational.

Hamrick led the Crimson Tide at the SEC Championships with a tie for fourth place at 3-under-par 207. He is ranked 32nd in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and ranks second on the team with a 72.38 stroke average. Hamrick captured medalist honors at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and the Western Refining All-America Golf Classic and then lost a playoff at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational.

Knox, a native of Augusta, Ga., finished strong down the stretch this season earning SEC All-Freshman accolades in 2010. He finished with a 74.96 scoring average with two rounds in the 60s while playing in nine tournaments for the Tide. Knox turned in his top finish of the season with a tie for 16th at the SEC Championship, posting a 4-over-par 214, which was a career low by three shots.

"I'm really excited about Lee Knox, he played great at the SEC Championship," Seawell said. "We didn't do very well as a team at SECs, but he and (Hunter) Hamrick did a great job. It is really great that his hard work all season long got him named to the All-Freshman Team."

The league also announced the selection of the 2009 SEC Men's Golf Community Service Team with Cauley representing the Crimson Tide. Cauley has been involved with the One Place program that has him visit elementary schools around the Tuscaloosa area and serve as a tutor and mentor. He helped raise money for the Miracle League of Tuscaloosa and participates annually in the Halloween Extravaganza hosted by the athletic department.

Alabama will learn its NCAA Regional destination on Monday, May 10, and begin play on Thursday, May 20.

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