Tide's Shelton, Hardee Earn SEC Golf Honors

Alabama men’s golfer Robby Shelton was named to the Southeastern Conference First Team, while Jonathan Hardee earned a spot on the league’s all-freshman team, the league office announced on Thursday after a vote by the league’s head coaches.

For Shelton, it marks the second consecutive season the Alabama sophomore from Wilmer has been named as a first team all-conference honoree. In addition to last year’s honor, Shelton was also selected as the 2014 SEC Golfer of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year. This year, those honors went to Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewart and Auburn’s Ben Schlottman, respectively.

Shelton, who was named to the 2015 Palmer Cup Team and selected as a semifinalist for the prestigious Ben Hogan Award earlier in the month, has been a force throughout the season for the nationally-ranked Crimson Tide men's golf team. Heading into the NCAA Regionals, Shelton is ranked No. 7 in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. He leads the Tide in scoring average (70.20), which includes nine top-10 finishes (in 10 tournaments) and six top-five results. For the year, he is a combined 33-under par and has had all 30 of his rounds counted toward the team total.

Hardee becomes the eighth Alabama golfer over the past six years to earn a spot on the league’s all-freshman squad. Despite battling through an injury which kept him out a majority of the fall season, the Greer, S.C., native proved to be a key cog in the Crimson Tide lineup during the spring campaign. Hardee improved his standing in each tournament this spring, highlighted by an 11th-place showing at the 2015 SEC Championships in which he shot a career-low 54-hole score of 2-under par 208.

Alabama will return to action when it competes at the 2015 NCAA Regionals. The Tide’s regional destination will be announced Monday. The six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 15-17.

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