The Crimson Tide's Justin Thomas shoots 67 for first-round lead; UA two shots back of Texas
OUTLOOK: Lee Knox has seen valuable time in the Alabama lineup over the past three seasons and will again challenge for a lineup spot in 2012-13 ... picked up SEC All-Freshman Team honors with a strong finish to his rookie season in 2010 ... has played in 15 tournaments for the Tide during his career with a 75.21 scoring average ... a very consistent golfer with an outstanding short game ... won the Georgia State Amateur in 2010 and 2012 ... qualified for the 2010 U.S. Amateur.
2011-12 (JUNIOR): He averaged 77.67 in two as a junior ... made his first appearance in the Alabama starting lineup at the 2011 Isleworth Collegiate Invitational ... shot 242 and finished tied for 68th ... participated as an individual at the Linger Longer Invitational and posted tied for 37th at 8-over-par 224.
2010-11 (SOPHOMORE): He played in three events as a sophomore ... averaged 74.75 strokes per round with two rounds at par and one round under par ... was in the Tide lineup at the Linger Longer Invitational, where he finished with a 10-over-par 226 after rounds of 81, 72 and 73 ... played as an individual at the Insperity ASU Invitational and finished tied for 54th at 8-over-par 224, carding rounds of 77, 76 and 71 ... competed at the Samford Intercollegiate with Alabama's second squad, finishing tied for 18th at 2-over-par 148.
2009-10 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Knox played in 10 events for the Crimson Tide as a redshirt freshman ... finished with a 74.82 stroke average with two rounds under par -- a 70 in his first collegiate round at the 2009 Carpet Capital Collegiate and a 68 at the 2010 Administaff Augusta State Invitational ... selected to the SEC's All-Freshman Team ... finished 44th at the Carpet Capital with an 11-over-227 ... tied for 44th at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate with a 4-over-par 74 at Old Overton Golf Club in Birmingham ... carded a 238 at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational to finish 68th ... tied for 63rd at the Puerto Rico Classic with a 11-over-par 227 ... shot a 229 at the John Hyat Collegiate invitational ... turned in the best showing of his young career with a 5-over-par 221 at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational to finish tied for 41st ... returned to Georgia for the Linger Longer Invitational in Statesboro on March 26-28 and finished tied for 38th at 11-over-par 228 ... returned to his hometown of Augusta, Ga., for the Administaff Augusta State Invitational on April 3-4 and fired a 1-over-par 217 ... his second-round 68 (-4) in August remains a career best and was his first-career round in the 60s ... followed that performance up with a new a season-low 54-hole total of 214 at the SEC Championship to finish tied for 16th ... fired a final round 1-under-par 69 to collect his second round in the 60s and his first collegiate top-20 finish ... shot 11-over 221 to finish tied for 56th at the NCAA East Regional at the Yale Course in New Haven, Conn.
2008-09 (REDSHIRT): He redshirted during his first season at the University of Alabama.
PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Knox was the 2008 Georgia Independent Schools Association AAA State Individual Champion ... named a 2005 F.C.W.T. All-American ... three-time GISA AAA All-Region selection ... led Augusta Preparatory Day School to a runner-up finish in the 2007 GISA AAA State Tournament ... had four top-15 finishes in the Georgia State Junior ... finished tied for seventh at the 2008 Verizon Junior Heritage ... had five top-20 finishes in American Junior Golf Association events ... finished tied for sixth at the 2008 Southern Junior Championship ... four-time team MVP, in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Lee is the son of, Jeff and Catherine Knox ... coached by his father, Jeff, at Augusta Preparatory Day School ... majoring in business.