Came to Alabama as one of the most sought after recruits in the nation and has looked the part during his Crimson Tide career ... selected to the United States 2013 Walker Cup team ... member of the victorious 2013 Palmer Cup squad ... No. 1 in Golf World's 2013-14 preseason top 50 watch list ... No. 8 in 2012-13 Golfweek's preseason top-10 individuals ... left-hander who has started every tournament for the Crimson Tide in his career ... second on the team in 2011 with a 71.39 stroke average, setting an Alabama rookie record at the time ... second again in 2012 with a 71.38 average while leading squad in 2013 (71.08) ... enters senior season with a 71.28 career stroke average (in 110 career rounds) that ranks second in school history ... has 17 career top-10 finishes ... his plus-.03 average to par is third in the Tide annals ... first team All-SEC performer in each of his first three seasons ... 2013 SEC Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... a consensus first team All-American in 2012-13, after earning second team All-America in 2010-11 and 2011-12 ... named to the 2013 All-Nicklaus Team (nation's top golfers) and the All-Mickelson Team that honors the nation's top freshmen, in 2011 ... his five career individual titles include wins at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Linger Longer Invitational, the 2011 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic and the 2013 Aggie Invitational ... a four-time U.S. Amateur participant, qualifying in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ... carries a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average in the classroom and received the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award, as the student-athlete with the best GPA at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships.
Produced his best year to date as a junior ... named the 2013 SEC Player of the Year and shared SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year with two others ... received the NCAA Elite 89 Award for the second straight year and was named to the Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar team ... had two wins in 2012-13 while fashioning a run of seven straight finishes inside the top 10 and eight for the year ... played his way on to the United States 2013 Palmer Cup team, as a rankings choice ... finished the year ranked fourth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and 12th in the Golfstat Cup ... named Golfweek (national) and SEC Player of the Week, after his wins at the Linger Longer Invitational and the Aggie Invitational .... counted to team score in 33-of-35 rounds (.943) ... finished a team-best 8-under-par for the season (-0.21 strokes per round) ... led the team with a 71.08 stroke average ... was an astonishing 37-under-par stretching from the 2012 Western Refining All-America Classic through the end of the season (26 rounds, -1.42 strokes per round) ... had 24 rounds of par or better and 12 rounds in the 60s ... a first team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American ... opened the season by placing 31st at the Carpet Capital Collegiate and then finished 43rd at the PING/Golfweek Preview ... tied for 10th at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at 6-over 216 and then tied for 28th at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational at 8-over 224 ... found his swing at the 2012 Western Refining All-America Classic, shooting 12-under 201 to finish third (66-65-70) ... from the start of the 2013 spring season through the SEC Championship, he did not place lower than seventh (at the Schenkel Invitational) ... tied for first at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with a 4-under 212, but lost in a playoff ... won the Linger Longer Invitational (in Greensboro, Ga.) for the third straight year, shooting 7-under 137 in the rain-shortened event ... next completed back-to-back victories by shooting 69-69-70 for an 8-under 208 at the Aggie Invitational ... was Alabama's top finisher as the team captured its second straight SEC title, shooting 1-under 209 with rounds of 69-67 for a 4-under 136 total after 36 holes ... shot 73 in 30-mph winds during the final SEC round, at the Seaside Course at Sea Island ... tied for 30th at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional with an 11-over 227, snapping a string of seven straight top-10 finishes ... led the Crimson Tide to the program's first NCAA Championship title ... went 3-0 in NCAA match play, after shooting a 3-under 207 in NCAA Championship stroke play to tie for 16th ... in opening round of NCAA match play, he defeated New Mexico's John Catlin 5 and 4, making seven birdies and no bogeys in 14 holes ... went on to beat Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans 3 and 2 in the semifinals and Alex Burge of Illinois, 4 and 3 in the finals.
Picked right up where he left off as a freshman ... ranked 13th nationally in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and 20th in the Golfstat Cup ... consensus second team All-American by PING and Golfweek ... first team All-SEC selection ... won the NCAA Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships ... also earned SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades ... second on the team with a 71.38 scoring average (2,784 strokes over 39 rounds) that ranked sixth in the SEC ... captured medalist honors twice in 2011-12, with wins at the 2011 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic and the 2012 Linger Longer Invitational, both coming in playoffs ... fired 24 rounds of par or better and 11 rounds in the 60s ... tied his school record of 8-under-par at the Linger Longer Invitational, where he shot a final-round 64 to qualify for a playoff, then made three birdies and an eagle to capture medalists honors ... his five top-10 finishes included a tie for third place at the Schenkel Invitational, where he carded a season-low 12-under-par 204, and a third-place showing at the NCAA Athens Regional ... opened the season with a 1-under-par showing at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, where he tied for 14th after rounds of 75, 70 and 70 ... placed 36th at the Olympia Fields Fighting Illini Invitational (223) ... carded a 219 to tie for 21st at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, held at the in-state Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills ... posted a top-20 finish at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational with rounds of 72, 73 and 76 for a 5-over 221 ... beat the top field in collegiate golf at the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, compiling a 7-under-par total of 206 after rounds of 69, 69 and 68 ... opened the spring with by tying for 19th at the Puerto Rico Classic, shooting even-par 216 ... tied for 11th at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, at 3-over 219 ... shot 67, 65 and 72 at the Schenkel ... during his win at the Linger Longer, including the four-hole playoff, he shot 13-under par in the final round with a double eagle, two eagles and seven birdies (one bogey) in 22 holes of golf ... named the Golfweek National Player of the Week for his efforts at the Longer Longer ...placed 29th at the Gary Koch Invitational with a 6-over 222 ... narrowly missed a top-10 showing at the SEC Championship, tying for 11th with a 1-over-par 211 (71-70-70) as the Tide won its third SEC Championship title ... finished third behind teammates Thomas and Wyatt at the NCAA Athens Regional ... shot 5-under-par 208 with rounds of 68, 69 and 71 as the Tide won the regional and qualified for NCAA Championships ... tied for fourth during the stroke play portion of the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at 1-under-par 212 (73-68-71) ... in NCAA match play, helped the Crimson Tide defeat Kent State in the quarterfinals with a 5 and 4 win over Kyle Kmiecik ... defeated Cal's Brandon Hagy 2 and 1 in the semifinals but lost to Dylan Frittelli of Texas, 1 up, on the final hole in the NCAA final.
Finished second on the team with a 71.39 stroke average and four top-five finishes, including a win at the Linger Longer Invitational ... a consensus second team All-American by Golfweek and PING (GCAA) ... selected to the All-Mickelson Team and named to the Golfweek All-Freshman Team ... finished 15th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and 16th in the Golfstat Cup standings ... fourth in the SEC in stroke average ... finished in the top six in four of his final five tournaments ... shot 11 rounds under par (out of 33) and had eight rounds in the 60s, including a low of 64 in the first round of the Linger Longer Invitational ... top fall finish was a tie for fifth at both the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate ... did not finish outside the top-20 as a freshman, until the NCAA Championships ... opened the season with a tie for 12th at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, helping the Tide claim the team title ... shot even-par 216 at the Carpet Capital, with rounds of 69, 73 and 74 ... tied for 20th at the Olympia Field Fighting Illini Invitational with a 5-over-par 215 ... tied for 16th at the Jerry Pate Invitational with a 5-over-par total of 215 ... fired rounds of 71, 74 and 73 to lead Alabama to the team title at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational ... finished strong at the Puerto Rico Classic with a final-round 68 to help the Tide capture their third tournament title of the season (he tied for 16th at 1-under-par 215) ... shot an opening-round 76 at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, but quickly bounced back with a career-low 65 in the second round and carded a 71 in the final round to finish at 2-over 212 and tied for fifth ... won the Linger Longer Invitational after edging teammate Bud Cauley by one stroke with a career-low 13-under 203 (64-68-71) ... tied for third at the Insperity ASU Invitational, carding rounds of 69, 72 and 69 ... tied for sixth at the SEC Championship at 2-over-par 212, with a second-round 68 ... posted a late flurry in the opening round of the NCAA Central Regional to shoot 73, then carded back-to-back even-par 71s to tie for 16th as the Crimson Tide advanced to the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. ... opened with two solid rounds at his first NCAA Championship, carding a 1-over 73 and a 1-under 71 in the second round (finished at 9-over 225).
Crowning achievement as a junior golfer was winning the 2007 United States Junior Amateur Championship at the age of 15 ... one of only five players in the history of that event to win at such a young age ... participated in the 2007 United States Amateur Championship, held at San Francisco's famed Olympic Club ... ranked No. 6 in the 2010 Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Performance Index ... listed 21st in Golfweek's men's top-100 amateur rankings ... two-time EA Sports boys golf All-American ... the National High School Coaches Association selected him as the 2010 National High School Senior Athlete of the Year for men's golf ... won the 2008 Rolex Tournament of Champions and the 2008 Western Junior Championship ... 2008 5A Texas state champion while playing for Memorial High School in Houston and was the state runner-up in 2009 ... tied for the state title in 2010 rain-shortened tournament ... 2010 runner-up at the Terra Cotta Invitational at the Naples National Golf Club ... named a Rolex All-American as a sophomore.
Son of Jeff and Mary Ann Whitsett ... low completive round is a 61 at the Wilderness Golf Club in Jackson, Texas ... majoring in business at Alabama.