Tide Golf Wins Opening Tourney

ROCKY FACE, Ga. – The University of Alabama men's golf team began the 2010-11 season with a victory at the Carpet Capital Collegiate on Sunday at the par-72, 7,012-yard Farm Golf Club with an 8-under-par total of 856.

It was the 16th tournament victory at Alabama for head coach Jay Seawell, who is entering his ninth season in Tuscaloosa. His 2010-11 team sank an impressive 57 birdies and three eagles over 36 holes en route to a season-opening victory. It is the third time Alabama was won the Carpet Capital Collegiate in the last four years (2007-08).

The Crimson Tide defeated seven other teams in the Golfweek Preseason Top 30, including No. 3 Georgia, No. 12 Auburn, No. 17 Georgia Tech, No. 22 Texas Tech, No. 23 Clemson and No. 24 Tennessee. Wake Forest finished second to Alabama at 4-under-par 860 with Georgia Tech and Clemson six shots back of the Tide at 862. Auburn was fifth at 3-over 867, 11 shots off of Alabama's pace.

Georgia was next among SEC schools, tying for sixth place at 12-over 876. Tennessee tied for eighth at 16-over 880 while Mississippi posted a 10th-place showing at 33-over 897.

Bobby Wyatt, a true freshman and native of Mobile, Alabama, led the Crimson Tide with a fourth-place individual finish while veteran Bud Cauley tied for fifth. Fellow true freshman Cory Whitsett tied for 12th while Hunter Hamrick was tied for 27th and Scott Strohmeyer was tied for 34th.

Wyatt was impressive throughout the 36-hole event, firing rounds of 69, 71 and 71 to finish at 5-under-par 211. He was five strokes off the pace of medalist, Lee Bedford of Wake Forest, who finished at 206 after rounds of 72, 66 and 68. Wyatt carded 15 birdies and one eagle over three rounds.

Cauley, a junior from Jacksonville, Fla., also spent a lot of time shooting for the pin during play at the Carpet Capital Collegiate to finish tied for fifth at 4-under-par 212. He made 13 birdies and an eagle on the difficult Farm Golf Club layout. It is Cauley's ninth career top-5 finish.

Another true freshman, Cory Whitsett, was also impressive in his first collegiate tournament, shooting even-par 216 to finish tied for 12th. The native of Houston, Texas, carded rounds of 69, 73 and 74 while sinking 14 birdies.

Hamrick, a junior from Montgomery, shot 74 in the final round to finish at 5-over-par 221 and tied for 27th. Sophomore Scott Strohmeyer fired back-to-back 76s in the final two rounds after a 1-under 71 in round one to finish in a tie for 34th at 7-over-par 223.

Alabama returns to action on Friday at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club just outside of Chicago.

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