Florida Gators' Buddy Alexander, Bank Vongvanij named SEC Coach and Golfer of the Year
Florida golf coach Buddy Alexander has been named SEC Coach of the Year, the league office announced today. Florida senior Bank Vongvanij was voted SEC Golfer of the Year and SEC Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year - sharing the latter honor with Ryan Haselden of Vanderbilt.
This is the eighth time Alexander has earned the honor by a vote of league coaches. He also won in 1986 (co-recipient), 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2003 and 2004.
The Gators also had three players named to the All-SEC First Team: Andres Echavarria, Vongvanij and Phillip Choi.
Vongvanij, who is from Bradenton, is fourth in the SEC in scoring average at 70.85 strokes per round. He has three tournament championships this year - wins at the Jacksonville Invitational, Chris Schenkel Invitational and the Isleworth Invitational. He finished in the top six in eight of 10 tournaments this season. He is ranked fifth in the nation in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index Rankings.
Vongvanij has a 3.46 grade point average in Finance. He is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, a Byron Nelson finalist, was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the GCAA and was the recipient of the 2010 SEC Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete honor.
Since Alexander took over the Florida program in 1988, the Gators have won eight SEC titles and have finished no lower than third 10 times in the SEC Championships. Florida won four team titles this year and is currently ranked No. 5 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index Rankings.
Florida won the SEC men's golf tournament championship on April 17. On Monday, Alexander recounted the victory and looked ahead to the NCAA Regionals, which will be held in Ocala and begins on May 19.