Davis Riley Tabbed PING Honorable Mention All-America
Alabama men’s golfer Davis Riley has been named as a PING Honorable Mention All-America, which was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Thursday.
Riley joins teammate Robby Shelton, who was tabbed a first team All-American by the GCAA earlier in the month, as the first Crimson Tide duo to earn All-American honors in the same year since 2014 when Shelton (First Team), Bobby Wyatt (First Team) and Cory Whitsett (Second Team) each earned the recognition.
Riley had a sensational freshman season for the Tide, nabbing seven top-10 finishes this season on his way to earning SEC All-Freshman and Second Team All-SEC accolades. Riley matched his career-best finish when he tied for fourth overall with a 6-under par 210 at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. During the fall season, Riley tied for fourth in just his second collegiate competition (Olympia Fields/Illini Invitational) with a season-low 208. Riley finished under par five times and won both of his matchups in the Farmlinks Collegiate Match Play event.
Riley was second on the team with a 71.75 stroke average per round and a 0.58 average against par. His .944 (34-of-36) counted round percentage led the Crimson Tide. The freshman ended the year ranked 36th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index while facing the 12th-toughest competition according to the index.
His stroke average is the fourth-best for all Alabama freshmen trailing Shelton’s record-holding 2013-14 mark of 70.14. Justin Thomas’s 70.44 (2011-12) and Whitsett’s 71.39 (2010-11) round out the freshman leaders.