June 22, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama had four players garner All-America honors on the heels of the Crimson Tide's runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championships.
Justin Thomas was first-team selection by both Golfweek and the team released by PING and the National Golf Coaches Association while Cory Whitsett was a second-team choice in both Golfweek and PING. Bobby Wyatt was named a second-team All-American by Golfweek and a third-team choice by PING. Hunter Hamrick became a three-time All-American after Golfweek placed him on their honorable mention team.
Thomas led Alabama with a 70.44 scoring average (.89 below par) and ranked first nationally in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. The also won the Jack Nicklaus Award and the Haskins Award, both of which go to the top player in collegiate golf. Thomas is the second Alabama golfer to earn first-team All-America honors as a true freshman, joining Bud Cauley in 2009, and the first Tide player to win National Player of the Year honors.
Whitsett, who finished the year ranked 13th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, won twice, capturing the Western Refining All-America Classic and the Linger Longer Invitational. He recorded five top-five finishes and a scoring average of 71.38. Whitsett was also a second-team All-American as a freshman by both PING and Golfweek.
Wyatt, a native of Mobile, Ala., had six top-five finishes in 11 starts as a sophomore in 2011-12. He ranked second on the team with a 71.70 scoring average and posted runner-up finishes at both the SEC Championships and the NCAA Athens Regional. Wyatt was 18th in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Hunter Hamrick, a four-year letterman from Montgomery, Ala., averaged 72.36 strokes per round as a senior and finished in the top 10 five times. He shot 16 rounds of par or better and went 2-0-1 in match play at the NCAA Championships.
Hamrick finished his Alabama career sixth in career scoring average at 72.64 while his 59 rounds at par or better is a Crimson Tide record. He also ranked second in career rounds (141) and tied for second in tournaments played (48). Along with three medalist honors, Hamrick recorded 10 career top-five finishes and 25 top-20 finishes.
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