May 7, 2001
ATHENS, Ga. - Nick Cassini, the lone senior in the lineup for the No. 1-ranked Georgia men's golf team, was named the 2001 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year on Monday as voted on by the league's 12 coaches.
The Bulldogs placed three players on the eight-man First Team in Cassini, junior Bryant Odom and sophomore Erik Compton and two players on the 10-man Second Team in junior David Miller and freshman Ryan Hybl. Florida was the next closest squad with three honorees. Before Monday, the most Georgia players chosen for All-SEC honors in one season was four, including last season when Cassini, Odom, Compton and Bubba Watson were picked. The Bulldogs have won a school-record-tying five tournaments this season, including their second straight SEC crown last month.
"I'm very happy for all of our players," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "This is a special group of players and it shows in the way they perform on the golf course. I am especially happy for Nick. Not only has he been a steady player for us in tournaments, but he also has given us tremendous leadership." Cassini, a native of Atlanta. is the third SEC Player of the Year in school history, joining Peter Persons in 1986 and Jeremy Parrott in 1998. Cassini is a three-time All-SEC player as well as a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. He is second on the team with a 71.21 average and is ranked third nationally. Cassini won medalist honors for the first time in his career at the Schenkel Invitational in March and has placed in the Top 10 in five events overall. His 7-under 65 at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in October tied the second-lowest round in school history.