March 21, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -Alabama sophomore and reigning National Player of the Year Justin Thomas was named the Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Week on Thursday the league office announced.
Thomas, a native of Goshen, Ky., shot a 9-under-par total of 207 to win the Schenkel Invitational by three shots over Texas' Brandon Stone and four shots better than teammate Bobby Wyatt.
The win was the sixth of Thomas' career at the Capstone, breaking a deadlock with former Crimson Tide great and PGA Pro Steve Lowery for the most in school history. Thomas won his sixth event in 20 career events after Lowery set the previous record of five wins in 44 tournaments.
He leads the team with a 70.83 scoring average that ranks second in the SEC and is a cumulative 13-under par for the season (.54 strokes per round). He is ranked sixth nationally in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Thomas won the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Vestavia Hills, Ala., in the fall. He won four times as a true freshman en route to capturing both the Nicklaus and Haskins Awards, presented annually to the National Player of the Year in men's collegiate golf. Thomas is 43-under par for his career at the Capstone with a 70.53 scoring average.
The Crimson Tide returns to action this weekend at the Linger Longer Invitational (March 23-24) on the Waters Course at Reynolds Landing in Greensboro, Ga. Alabama is the two-time defending champion.
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