MGOLF: UGA pair named first-team All-Americans

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MGOLF: UGA pair named first-team All-Americans

Trent Phillips (Photo by Kristin M. Bradshaw)
Trent Phillips (Photo by Kristin M. Bradshaw)

Georgia’s Trent Phillips and Davis Thompson have been chosen as 2020 PING First-Team All-Americans, according to an announcement Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

This marks the second time in school history that the Bulldogs have had two First-Team All-Americans in the same year as Chris Kirk and Brendon Todd were honorees in 2007. Phillips and Thompson boost Georgia to 26 First-Team all-time picks, 12 during Coach Chris Haack’s tenure.

Phillips, a sophomore from Inman, S.C., was a Second-Team selection in 2019, while Thompson, a junior from Auburn, Ala., earned Honorable Mention status a year ago.

When the 2019-20 season was halted, Phillips led the Bulldogs with a scoring average of 69.75 (which stands as the Georgia single-season record), including 11 of 24 rounds in the 60s. He recently was named to the PING All-Southeast Region Team. Phillips picked up his first collegiate victory in the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic in November, posting a 20-under 193 to break Kirk’s school mark of 18-under 195. Phillips had five additional top-10 efforts. He was named to the watch lists for the Haskins and Hogan awards.

Davis Thompson (Photo by John Weast)
Davis Thompson (Photo by John Weast)

On Wednesday, Thompson was picked as one of the three finalists for the Haskins Award, which will be presented next month to the nation’s top golfer. He ended the year with a scoring average of 69.95 (second in Georgia annals), including nine rounds in the 60s. Thompson won the Jim Rivers Invitational last fall and had four additional top-10 finishes this season. He played on sponsor exemptions in the 2019 RSM Classic and the 2020 Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour. By virtue of winning the Jones Cup Invitational, he earned another berth in the 2020 RSM Classic. Thompson has been chosen to compete for the United States in the Arnold Palmer Cup in Dec. 21-23 at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla.

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