Tide Men's Golf Takes Early Lead

ROCKY FACE, Ga. – The University of Alabama men's golf team got the 2010-11 season off to a great start on Friday in the opening round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate at the par-72, 7,018-yard Farm Golf Club with an 8-under-par round of 280 to take a three stroke lead.

Alabama has four players in the top 10 after the opening round with true freshmen Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett leading the way. The pair of freshmen, both playing their first round of collegiate golf, fired matching 3-under-par rounds of 69 to finish the opening 18 holes in a tie for fourth place.

Returning two-time first-team All-American Bud Cauley and sophomore Scott Strohomeyer, who is fresh off of a run to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur, both shot opening-round 71s on Friday to finish the day in a tie for 10th place. Hunter Hamrick is tied for 38th after shooting 75 in round one.

Clemson is in second place after carding a 5-under-par 283 with Auburn five shots back of the Tide at 3-under-par 285. Georgia Tech (-1, 287) is in fourth place with Georgia (E, 288) in fifth. The Tide's starting five carded 21 birdies and one eagle in the first round.

Whitsett, a native of Houston, Texas, teed off on the 10th hole, and opened his round with four birdies in the first six holes before a bogey on the 18th left him a 3-under at the turn. He birdied the second hole then gave one right back at the third hole. Whitsett then bogeyed the eighth hole but came right back with a birdie on the ninth to close his round.

Wyatt, a native of Mobile, was equally as impressive, also carding six birdies and three birdies en route to a 69. He would birdie his first three holes (10-12) before bogeys on the 13th, 16th and 18th, along with a birdie on the 15th, left him at 1-under at the turn.. Wyatt settled down on his back nine (1-9) to post two birdies on the second and sixth holes and seven pars.

Cauley made his fair share of birdies on the day as well, carding five birdies. The Jacksonville, Fla., native also made four bogeys, including three over his final five holes that dropped him out of the top five. Cauley teed off the 10th hole and made the turn at 2-under par after three birdies and a bogey on his opening nine holes. He then birdied No. 2 and No. 4 to get to 4-under after 13 holes.

Strohmeyer, a native of Auburn, turned in the Tide's steadiest day with a 1-under 71 that included three brides on the opening nine holes and a string of 10 consecutive pars. He bogeyed his final two holes of the day – No. 8 and No. 9 – to finish at 1-under par.

The Crimson Tide's second round will tee off at 7 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday with Alabama going off of the first tee. UA will be playing with East Tennessee State and Wake Forest.

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