April 30, 2012
AUBURN - Five Auburn golfers earned All-SEC honors for the 2011-12 season, including first-team Blayne Barber, second-teamers Will McCurdy, Dominic Bozzelli and Niclas Carlsson and All-Freshman Michael Johnson, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday. The five honorees is the highest ever in program history breaking the record of four players which was set in 2005.
"It is a great honor to have five players named All-SEC," Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. "They are all very deserving, and have worked extremely hard on their games throughout the year. I am proud of them and how they represent Auburn in the classroom and on the course on a daily basis."
Barber was named to the first-team for the second consecutive year after leading the conference in scoring average at 70.66, becoming the third Tiger to be named to the first-team in back-to-back years and first since Jimmy Green was selected in 1991-92. The Ben Hogan Award semifinalist has placed in the top-5 six times this season including second place finishes at the E-Z-GO Schenkel Invitational and Hootie at Bulls Bay.
McCurdy, Bozzelli and Carlsson were named to the second-team as McCurdy ranks second on the team in scoring average at 72.00, and has finished in the top-10 three times this season. The Fort Payne, Ala., native, finished in fourth place in Auburn's win at the Hootie at Bulls Bay.
Earlier this season, Bozzelli became the first Auburn golfer to win back-to-back tournaments after winning medalist honors at the U.S. Collegiate and Gator Invitational. Bozzelli has finished in the top-10 three times this year and is ranked third on the team in scoring at 72.04.
Carlsson, who earned All-Freshman honors last season, came back strong this season claiming medalist honors at the Hootie at Bulls Bay. Carlsson is fourth on the team in scoring average at 72.26 has and three top-10 finishes on the season.
Johnson was named to the All-Freshman team after finishing in the top-20 five times this season. The Birmingham, Ala., native finished tied for third at the U.S. Collegiate after carding a 4-under 212.
Clinard has had his golfers win 10 All-SEC honors since arriving prior to the 2009-10 season. Last season, Barber was named first-team, Michael Hebert was named to the second-team and Niclas Carlsson was named to the All-Freshman team. In Clinard's first year on the Plains, Kyle Kopsick made second-team All-SEC while David Zickler was named All-Freshman.