April 30, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference released its men's golf awards Tuesday and the Tennessee men's golf team was represented by a young man from Down Under.
Freshman sensation Oliver Goss earned a spot on the First Team All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC Team.
The native of Perth, Australia has had a whirlwind of a spring semester. Goss arrived on the Big Orange campus in January, played his first tournament for UT in February, and won his first individual championship in March. In addition, Goss was playing with Masters Champion Adam Scott at the Australian Talisker Masters just six months ago.
"It still hasn't really set in yet. I mean this is just my first semester at Tennessee," Goss said. "I feel quite honored, seeing that the SEC is the strongest conference in the nation. I'm very pleased with how I've been playing and this just adds to my great start as a Tennessee Vol".
Goss has been a welcomed mid-season addition for head coach Jim Kelson. Goss stepped right into the spring starting lineup and never looked back, finishing in the Top-25 each of his six tournaments including two Top-5 finishes and one victory.
"We are thrilled for Oliver. He has been a huge addition to our program," Kelson said. "He has done a great job playing at such a high level. Those All-SEC teams are difficult to make, especially as a freshman. We are just extremely proud of his accomplishment".
All-SEC honors were chosen by the league's head coaches. Ties were not broken.
Coach of the Year Jay Seawell, Alabama
Golfer of the Year Cory Whitsett, Alabama
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Austin Cook, Arkansas Hunter Kraus, Missouri Cory Whitsett, Alabama
Freshman of the Year Taylor Moore, Arkansas Matt NeSmith, South Carolina
First Team All-SEC
Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas
Bobby Wyatt, Alabama
Justin Thomas, Alabama
Cory Whitsett, Alabama
Jace Long, Missouri
Tyler McCumber, Florida
Chad Ramey, Mississippi State
Oliver Goss, Tennessee
T.J. Mitchell, Mitchell
Curtis Thompson, LSU
Second Team All-SEC Andrew Presley, LSU Nicholas Reach, Georgia Dykes Harbin, South Carolina Axel Boasson, Mississippi State Trey Millinax, Alabama Michael Hebert, Auburn T.J. Vogel, Florida Andrew Evans, Texas A&M
Freshman All-SEC Taylor Moore, Arkansas Matt NeSmith, South Carolina Oliver Goss, Tennessee Lee McCoy, Georgia Jake Mondy, Auburn