It was a banner day for Commodore Men’s Golf on Thursday when the SEC announced its postseason awards, with Vanderbilt leading all league members with four players being honored on the All-SEC teams.
Theo Humphrey led all selections in becoming the third Commodore to earn SEC Player of the Year. Three other players, sophomore John Augenstein and juniors Will Gordon and Patrick Martin, earned spots on the league’s second team.
Humphrey joins Hunter Stewart as the only SEC Players of the Year in program history, with Stewart claiming the award in 2015. The senior from Greenwich, Conn. also becomes only the second SEC golfer to sweep both the SEC Player of the Year and SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year outright, joining Camilo Villegas of Florida, who won both awards in 2004. Florida’s Bank Vongvani was named the SEC Player of the Year in 2011 and shared the Scholar Athlete of the Year that season, as did Alabama’s Cory Whitsett, who accomplished the feat in 2013.
Humphrey, who was named an All-SEC Second Team member in 2015 and 2017, also becomes Vanderbilt’s 12th All-SEC First Team selection in the history of the program and the fifth of the Scott Limbaugh era, which began in the 2012-13 campaign. Humphrey joins Stewart, Martin, Matthias Schwab (two-time selection), Jon Curran, Luke List (four-time selection), and Brandt Snedeker (two-time selection) as Commodores honored on the first team.
Humphrey currently leads the Commodores with a 69.79 stroke average, the second-lowest single-season total in Vanderbilt history, and has one individual title, the Schenkel Invitational, four top-five finishes, and seven top-10 finishes. He has not finished worse than 18th on an individual leaderboard this season.
Martin’s selection to the second team is the third consecutive year he has been honored by the SEC. The junior from Birmingham, Ala. garnered All-Freshman and Second-Team honors in 2016 and was a first-team selection in 2017. This season, Martin is averaging 71.11 strokes per round and has one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
Gordon’s second-team selection is his second appearance on an All-SEC team, with the junior from Davidson, N.C. also earning All-Freshman and Second-Team honors in 2016. Gordon is averaging 70.46 strokes per round, while winning the individual title at the East Lake Cup and posting four other top-five and five top-10 finishes this season.
Augenstein, like Gordon, makes his second appearance as an All-SEC selection in being named to the All-SEC Second Team. The sophomore from Owensboro, Ky. was the SEC’s Freshman of the Year in 2017, while also being named to the Golf Club Coaches Association’s Freshman All-American Team. This season, Augenstein has a 70.96 stroke average, one medalist honor at the Mason Rudolph Championship, three top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes.
Vanderbilt’s four All-SEC selections are the most by any SEC team, with Alabama and Florida each having two players named to the All-SEC First and Second teams.
Humphrey is only the 26th Vanderbilt player to be named the SEC Player of the Year in their respective sport. The following is a list of all of the Commodores’ SEC Player of the Year honorees.
All-Time Vanderbilt SEC Players of the Year
Marina Alex, 2010, 2012 SEC Player of the Year, Women's Golf
Chantelle Anderson, 2002 SEC Player of the Year, Women's Basketball
Gonzales Austin, 2015 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Tennis
Taka Bertrand, 2006 SEC Player of the Year, Women's Tennis
Hunter Bledsoe, 1999 SEC Player of the Year, Baseball
Derrick Byars, 2007 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Basketball
Jay Cutler, 2005 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Football
Jamie Duncan, 1997 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Football
Shan Foster, 2008 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Basketball
Grayson Garvin, 2011 SEC Pitcher of the Year, Baseball
Tyler Griffin, 2005 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Women's Soccer
Theo Humphrey, 2018, SEC Player of the Year, Men’s Golf
Tony Kemp, 2013 SEC Player of the Year, Baseball
Dan Langhi, 2000 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Basketball
Clyde Lee, 1965, 1966 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Basketball
Billy McCaffrey, 1993 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Basketball
Will Perdue, 1988 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Basketball
David Price, 2007 SEC Pitcher of the Year, Baseball
Bobby Reynolds, 2003 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Tennis
Astra Sharma, 2017 SEC Player of the Year, Women’s Tennis
Brandt Snedeker, 2003 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Golf
Hunter Stewart, 2015 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Golf
Ryan Tolbert, 1997 SEC Female Athlete of the Year, Women's Track
Jan van Breda Kolff, 1974 SEC Player of the Year, Men's Basketball
Christine Watson, 1994 SEC Player of the Year, Women's Soccer
May Wood, 2004 SEC Co-Player of the Year, Women's Golf
Augenstein, Greenberg, Ott all advance at U.S. Open local qualifying
John Augenstein, Mason Greenberg, and Harrison Ott each advanced in U.S. Open local qualifying this week. Augenstein carded a qualifying-low 66 at the Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, while Ott and Greenberg each qualified in Knoxville, Tenn. at Holston Hills Country Club with a 65 and 66, respectively.
Cooper Sears also finished as the first alternate in Jackson, Tenn. on Wednesday after firing a 70 at the Jackson Country Club.