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Conference preview: SEC

September 16, 2007

Back again by popular demand are my "fearless" predictions for how the various conferences will shake out on both the men's and women's sides. Well look at each of the major conferences over the next few days. As always, if you think I'm on target or off base, make sure to let me know with your comments.

Today's conference: SEC

Tuesday's conference: Big 12


2007-08 outlook

Predicted champion: Alabama

Predicted player of the year: Billy Horschel, Florida

Predicted freshman of the year: Arnond Vongvanij, Florida

NCAA Regional bound: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina, Arkansas, Vanderbilt

Team on the rise: Alabama

Biggest question mark: Georgia

Wouldn't be surprised to see: Five different Alabama players--Joseph Sykora, Michael Thompson, Gator Todd, Mark Harrell and Matthew Swan--win individual titles

Would be shocked to see: Florida's Billy Horschel average wind up higher than a 72.0 come the NCAA Championship.

__2006-07 Accolades

Player of the year:__ Billy Horsehel, Florida

Freshman of the year: Hudson Swafford, Georgia

Coach of the year: Jim Kelson, Tennessee

SEC medalist: Patton Kizzire, Auburn

All-SEC First team:

Brian Harman, Georgia*

Billy Horschel, Florida*

Chris Kirk, Georgia

Luke List, Vanderbilt

Patton Kizzire, Auburn*

Philip Pettitt, Tennessee*

Michael Thompson, Alabama*

Brendon Todd, Georgia

Gator Todd, Alabama*

2007-08 predicted finish:



2007-08 outlook


Predicted champion: Auburn

Predicted player of the year: Stacy Lewis, Arkansas

Predicted freshman of the year:Cydney Clanton, Auburn__

NCAA Regional bound:__ Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina

Team on the rise: Tennessee

Biggest question mark: Georgia

Wouldn't be surprised to see: Georgia junior Mallory Hetzel become the conference's most improved player in 2007-08.

__Would be shocked to see:__Vanderbilt junior Jacqui Concolino not finish among the top 10 players in birdies by season's end.

__2006-07 Accolades

Player of the year:__ Taylor Leon, Georgia

Freshman of the year: Candace Schepperle, Auburn

Coach of the year: Mic Potter, Alabama; Todd McCorkle, Georgia

SEC medalist: Taylor Leon, Georgia

All-SEC First team:

Jacqui Concolino, Vanderbilt*

Sandra Gal, Florida*

Nicole Hage, Auburn

Taylor Leon, Georgia

Stacy Lewis, Arkansas*

Jenny Suh, Alabama

Marci Turner, Tennessee*

Whitney Wade, Georgia

2007-08 predicted finish: