Cauley Leads Tide Golfers In Tourney

SEA ISLAND, Ga. – University of Alabama junior golfer Bud Cauley finished tied for third place at the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational, one shot out of a playoff and best among the five Crimson Tide golfers who teed it up over the weekend at Ocean Forest Golf Course.

Alabama junior Bud Cauley, who was tied for the lead heading into Sunday's final round, came to the last hole tied with Jordan Spieth and eventual champion John Peterson at one-over par. However a bogey on the 480-yard, par-4 18th hole left him one shot shy of a playoff, and in a tie for third place at two-over par 218 (73-70-75). Cauley had finished tied for seventh in 2009 in his other previous appearance at the Jones Cup Invitational.

Crimson Tide junior Hunter Hamrick was next best among UA's five representatives, finishing in a tie for eighth place after firing a three-day total of six-over par 222. Hamrick, who entered Sunday tied for fourth place just three shots off the pace, got off to a strong start with a birdie on the 389-yard par 4 second hole, but a back-nine 40 derailed his chances of winning. Hamrick also tied for eight in last year's tournament.

Rounding out the rest of the Alabama contingent was freshman Bobby Wyatt who finished tied for 16th with an eight-over par total of 224 (77-70-77), freshman Cory Whitsett who ended up in a tie for 39th after shooting 14-over par 230 (78-77-75) and sophomore Lee Knox came in tied for 74th at 22-over par 238 (79-79-80).

The Alabama golf team will begin the 2011 portion of its schedule on Feb. 20 at the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

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