UF’s Horschel named All-America

Published: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 11:34 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 11:34 a.m.

Florida senior golfer Billy Horschel was named to the Division I PING All-America First Team for the 2008-09 season, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced over the weekend.

It is the fourth year Horschel has earned All-America honors and the third time that he was named to the first team.

Horshel became the fifth Gator golfer to be named an All-American four times. Matt Every, Gary Koch and Camilo Villegas are the only other UF alumni to earn first-team honors three times, and Horschel is the only Gator to earn three first-team honors and a second-team honor. Every earned honorable mention All-America honors as a freshman, while Villegas was a third-team selection his junior season. Koch did not earn All-America honors his freshman season.

“I’m extremely happy for Billy,” UF coach Buddy Alexander said. “He’s worked hard and he deserves this. He’s the most decorated player that I’ve ever had, earning first-team All-America honors three times and second-team honors once. He has certainly been a great player for the Gators.”

Horschel was also named the SEC Golfer of the Year and was a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection in the coaches’ voting. Horschel joined Koch as the only two players in Florida golf history to earn first-team honors four times.

Horschel led the SEC in scoring average this season, averaging 71.28 strokes per round. He placed in the top seven in eight of 11 tournaments this season. He shot par-or-better in 21 of his 32 rounds and he finished the season ranked ninth in the nation in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index Ratings.

He was the individual medalist at the SEC Championships and was the runner-up at the NCAA Southwest Regional in Austin, Texas. Horschel was also a semifinalist for the 2009 Ben Hogan Award, college golf’s most prestigious award.

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