Alabama Golfer Is All-America

Michael Thompson, a junior on The University of Alabama men's golf team, has been named to the 2007 PING Division 1 All-America team as a second team selection.

He becomes Alabama's first PING All-America since 1993 when Marten Olander, now a champion golfer on the European PGA Tour, was voted PING All-America second team.

Thompson, a native of Tucson, Ariz., led Alabama this season with his 71.89 stroke average in 12 tournaments played. He finished tied for fourth at 5-under par at the 2007 NCAA Championships on June 2 and tied for fourth at the 2007 NCAA Central Regional on May 19. He also finished tied for fourth at the 2007 Southeastern Conference Championships.

Thompson had seven top 10 finishes this season for the Crimson Tide. The first team All-Conference USA golfer in 2005 transferred to Alabama this season after golf was disbanded at Tulane in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He won four individual tournament championships as a Tulane golfer in 2004 and 2005. Thompson was voted first team All-SEC this season at Alabama.

Alabama has produced two first Team All-America golfers, Jerry Pate in 1975 and David Kirkpatrick in 1992. Thompson becomes only the third Alabama golfer to win second Team honors. Steve Lowery, who continues to play on the PGA Tour, was second Team in 1982 and again in 1983, and Olander was voted second team in 1993.

Alabama's third team All-Americas are Gary Trivisonno, 1978, and Lee Rinker, 1983.

Past honorable mention All-Americas include Alan Pate (1973), Jerry Pate (1974), Tony Hollifield (1974 and 1975), Kirkpatrick (1991), Olander (1994) and current European PGA Tour player Lars Brovold (2004).


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