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Conference preview: SEC

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2009-10 outlook

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Predicted player of the year: Bud Cauley, Alabama

Predicted freshman of the year: Tyler McCumber, Florida

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

Team on the rise: LSU--Strong summer performances suggest that the Tigers will carry over solid play from last spring into this season.

Biggest question mark: Georgia--Losing Brian Harman and Adam Mitchell to graduation was one thing, but how long will Hudson Swafford take to recover from labrum surgery?

Wouldn't surprise me to see: Florida look inconsistent this fall--as it tries to figure out its way minus Billy Horschel--only to hit its stride and be ranked in the top five by the SEC Championship.__

Would shock me to see:__ Any less than 10 teams receive bids to NCAA regionals.

__2008-09 Accolades

Team champions:__[Georgia

](http://www.georgiadogs.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8800&SPID=3598&SPSID=40767)Player of the year: Billy Horschel, Florida

Freshman of the year: Bud Cauley, Alabama

Coach of the year: Brad McMakin, Arkansas

SEC medalist: Billy Horschel, Florida

__All-SEC First team:

__Bud Cauley, Alabama*

Harris English, Georgia*

Brian Harman, Georgia

Russell Henley, Georgia*

Billy Horschel, Florida

Andrew Landry, Arkansas

Chris Paisley, Tennessee

John Peterson, LSU*

Hudson Swafford, Georgia*

** returns in 2009-10

__2009-10 predicted finish:

__1. Alabama

  1. Georgia

  2. Florida

  3. LSU

  4. South Carolina

  5. Arkansas

  6. Tennessee

  7. Auburn

  8. Vanderbilt

  9. Mississippi

  10. Kentucky

  11. Mississippi State

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2009-10 outlook

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Predicted player of the year: Candace Schepperle, Auburn

Predicted freshman of the year: Amelia Lewis, Florida

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

Team on the rise: Florida--Incoming freshmen Amelia Lewis and Isabelle Lendl, along with new coach Jan Dowling, should give Gators a boost.

Biggest question mark: LSU--Was last year's success (two wins, six top-fives) a one-year blip or a continuing trend?

Wouldn't surprise me to see: A wide open race for the conference title with any of four schools having a chance over the final 18 holes of the final round.

Would shock me to see: Schepperle again go winless throughout the season. While so close to winning a year ago (seven top-fives, never finished outside the top 10), she'll break through at least once.

__2008-09 Accolades

Team champions:__ Auburn

Player of the year: Candace Schepperle, Auburn

Freshman of the year: Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia

Coach of the year: Kim Evans, Auburn

SEC medalist: Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia

__All-SEC First team:

__Dori Carter, Mississippi

Cydney Clanton, Auburn*

Kathleen Ekey, Alabama

Mallory Hetzel, Georgia

Megan McChrystal, LSU*

Camilla Lennarth, Alabama*

Candace Schepperle, Auburn*

Marta Silva Zamora, Georgia*

Jessica Yadloczky, Florida*

** returns in 2009-10

__2009-10 predicted finish:

__1. Auburn

  1. Florida

  2. Alabama

  3. LSU

  4. Arkansas

  5. Georgia

  6. Tennessee

  7. Vanderbilt

  8. South Carolina

  9. Kentucky

  10. Mississippi

  11. Mississippi State

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