Alabama’s Davis Riley, Lee Hodges Named to Haskins Award Watch List
Alabama junior Davis Riley and senior Lee Hodges are two of 20 golfers named to the Fred Haskins Award Watch List, it was announced on Thursday. Riley checks in at No. 5 on the updated list, while Hodges debuts at No. 12.
The Haskins Award is the oldest college golf award (dating back to 1971) and is the only award that is voted on by players, coaches, sports information directors and select golf media - there is no committee that makes this decision. Voting will open at the end of the NCAA Regionals and run through the end of the NCAA Tournament.
Riley currently leads Alabama and is tied for third in the SEC with a 70.00 average through his seven tournaments played on the year. He owns four top-five finishes and six top-10 results during the 2017-18 campaign. The Hattiesburg, Miss., native claimed his first career medalist honor when he captured the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational title on Sept. 17 with career-low 54-hole score of 7-under par 200. Riley leads the team with 16 rounds of par or lower and 11 rounds in the 60s.
Meanwhile, Hodges has been red-hot this spring and was just recently named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week for the week of March 21. In his three spring events, the Ardmore, Tenn., native has claimed two tournament victories, winning medalist honors at the Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 20 and the Linger Longer Invitational this past Tuesday. Hodges ranks second on the Tide and fifth in the SEC with a 70.10 per round average.
Riley, Hodges and the Crimson Tide will be back in action April 7-8 when it competes at the Aggie Invitational, which will be played in Bryan, Texas.