Yi, Presley Earn SEC Men's Golf Postseason Honors

Yi, Presley Earn SEC Men's Golf Postseason Honors

BATON ROUGE – Senior Sang Yi solidified his All-America candidacy on Monday afternoon when he was honored as a First-Team All-SEC performer for the first time in his career, while sophomore Andrew Presley earned a Second-Team All-SEC honor as a leader of the LSU men’s golf team this season.

This marks the fourth-straight season in which an LSU golfer has earned First-Team All-SEC recognition, as Yi follows former Tiger stars John Peterson (2009, 2011) and Andrew Loupe (2010, 2011).

The duo has led the No. 23-ranked Tigers to another successful season in 2011-12 as the squad has earned three tournament titles for the fourth-straight season while posting a strong 73-38 overall record in college competition as it awaits a selection to the NCAA Regionals being held May 17-19.

The Tigers have won at least three tournament championships for the fourth year in a row as they are now the reigning champions at the Louisiana Classics (March 5-6), Argent Financial Classic (March 11-13) and LSU National Invitational (March 31-April 1) held this spring.

A senior from Carrollton, Texas, Yi is LSU’s 33rd First-Team All-SEC selection since 1970 as he ranks as one of the premier performers in all of college golf for the 2011-12 campaign.

Yi is the team’s leading scorer on the season with a career-best 71.93 scoring average in 31 rounds played that ranks No. 10 on the SEC’s scoring list for his senior season. He has also set career highs with his four top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in 10 tournament starts on the year, which includes a collegiate best second-place finish with a career-low 7-under par 209 at the Louisiana Classics.

Yi entered postseason play with an impressive run of five-straight top-10 finishes for the spring campaign as he teed off at the 2012 SEC Men’s Golf Championships on April 20.

Presley has emerged as one of the SEC’s top young players with his performance as a sophomore in 2012 as he is one of nine golfers earning a Second-Team All-SEC selection with his performance.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Presley has recorded a career-low 72.48 scoring average in his 10 starts on the campaign to rank among the Top 20 scorers in the SEC. Among Presley’s two top-five and four top-10 finishes this season was his first collegiate victory at the Louisiana Classics, where he had a career-low 54-hole score of 10-under par 206 en route to a three-shot victory over Yi.

Presley’s victory at the Louisiana Classics earned him the selection as the SEC Men’s Golfer of the Week on March 8. He opened postseason play with four-straight top-10 finishes to his credit.

Both Yi and Presley rank among the Top 50 players in all of college golf in the latest Golfweek individual rankings as Yi ranks No. 38 and Presley ranks No. 42 in the current Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index released on Thursday of last week. Each is sure to receive All-America consideration for their efforts.

2012 SEC Men’s Golf Postseason Awards

SEC Coach of the Year
Jay Seawell, Alabama

SEC Player of the Year
Justin Thomas, Alabama

SEC Freshman of the Year
Justin Thomas, Alabama

SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Austin Cook, Arkansas

First-Team All-SEC
Blayne Barber, Auburn
Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas
Justin Thomas, Alabama
Ethan Tracy, Arkansas
T.J. Vogel, Florida
Cory Whitsett, Alabama
Bobby Wyatt, Alabama
Sang Yi, LSU

Second-Team All-SEC
Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn
Niclas Carlsson, Auburn
Joe David, Ole Miss
Hunter Hamrick, Alabama
Tyler McCumber, Florida
Will McCurdy, Auburn
Garrick Porteous, Tennessee
Andrew Presley, LSU
Chad Ramey, Mississippi State

SEC All-Freshman Team
Kolton Crawford, Arkansas
Michael Johnson, Auburn
Nicholas Reach, Georgia
Caleb Sturgeon, South Carolina
Justin Thomas, Alabama
J.D. Tomlinson, Florida