2017 Tournament Participant Profile

Davis Riley Alabama


Height: 6-1

Class: Sophomore

Hometown: Hattiesburg, Miss.

High School: Presbyterian Christian HS

Coming off a stellar summer season in which he reached the semifinals of match play at the 2016 Western Amateur Championship … Also competed at the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship in August … Came to Alabama after a stellar junior career … Named the 2014-15 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Golf Player of the Year … Ranked No. 3 in Golfweek’s ranking and No. 6 in the American Junior Golf Association’s (AJGA) rankings … Qualified for the 2015 U.S. Open after placing eighth in the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifying tournament … Was one of 10 golfers to qualify from the sectional tournament and finished tied with two-time U.S. Open champion and seven-time PGA Tour victor Retief Goosen at 6-under par 136 (69-67) … Also competed at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship and was one of 64 golfers who advanced to the match play portion … Represented the United States at the 2015 Junior Ryder Cup Championship in Perthsire, England, helping the U.S. defeat England, 16-8.

2015-16 (FRESHMAN)
Earned a spot on the SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll … Made an immediate impact as a true freshman, earning honorable mention All-American honors, as well as All-SEC second team and all-freshman accolades … Named to 2016 PING Southeastern All-Region team … Finished the year ranked No. 28 in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index … Had a record of 100-87-17 vs. players ranked in the top 100 and was 613-157-30 overall … Was one of two golfers to play in every tournament on the year (Tom Lovelady) … Led team in counted rounds at 94.4 percent, with 34 of his 36 rounds on the season counting toward the team total … Ranked second on squad with a stroke average of 71.75 and a 0.58 average vs. par … Finished the year with five top-10 and 10 top-20 results in 12 tournaments played on the year … Had 18 rounds of par or lower, which ranked second on the team, and 10 round in the 60s … Was the team’s low individual in four tournaments on the year, including the SEC Championships and NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional … Finished tied for fourth at regionals with a three-day total of 6-under par 210 … Also tied for fourth at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational with a season-low score of 2-under par 208 … Shot a 1-over par 217 and tied for seventh at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in his collegiate debut … Had his best score vs. par with a 7-under 209 at the Warrior Makai Princeville Invitational, helping the Tide claim the team title … Also recorded a seventh-place finish at the Linger Longer with a 4-under par 212 … Won both his head-to-head matches at the Farmlinks Collegiate Match Play event, defeating Auburn’s Jacob Solomon, 1up, and Georgia Tech’s Tyler Joiner, 4-and-3 … Recorded season-low round of 67 on two separate occasions, coming at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional (second round) and the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational (second round) … Was first or second on the team in seven of the 12 tournaments for the year.

Played at Presbyterian Christian High School in Hattiesburg, Miss. … Named by USA Today as the 2014-15 All-USA Boys Golf Player of the Year … Won the state title four straight years, including shooting a 9-under par 63 to take individual honors by a six-stroke margin his senior season … Named as a recipient of the Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award, which recognizes junior golf’s top performing athletes who demonstrate strong character, consistent sportsmanship, a commendable academic background as well as a commitment to serving others … At 17, he became the youngest player to ever win the prestigious Terra Cotta Invitational … Joined Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as the only golfers to appear in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in back-to-back years where he finished runner-up both times … A two-time AJGA First Team All-America (2014 and 2015) … As a sophomore in 2013, he finished inside the top 30 in every AJGA event he played and made it to the final match at the U.S. Junior.

Son of David and Kim Riley … Has one sister, Caroline … Intended major is business.