Men's Golf Second After First Round

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – The University of Alabama's fourth-ranked men's golf team is in second place after shooting a 7-under-par 281 on Sunday during the first round of the Puerto Rico Classic on the par-72, 6,902-yard River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort.

Alabama is three shots back of No. 5 Georgia Tech (-10, 278) and two strokes clear of top-ranked Oklahoma State (-5, 283). Virginia Tech is in fourth place at 2-under-par 286 with Oklahoma rounding out the top five at 1-under 287.

All five Crimson Tide golfers shot even-par or better with junior Bud Cauley and true freshman Bobby Wyatt leading the charge with 3-under-par rounds of 69. Both are in an eight-way tie for first after the opening 18 holes.

Cauley, who ranks 34th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index entering the tournament, opened with a bogey on the first hole, but quickly rebounded with brides on the second, fourth and sixth holes. After shooting 34 on his opening nine, Cauley registered eight pars and a birdie on No. 14 to finish with a 69.

Wyatt posted a bogey-free 69 en route to the top of the leader board after round one. The native of Mobile, Ala., birdied the par-4 fifth hole, the par-3 10th and the par-5 15th. Wyatt, who ranks seventh in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, has also moved under par for the season with a stroke average of 70.85.

Freshman Trey Mullinax III, a native of Gardendale, Ala., carded a 1-under-par 71 and is tied for 15th headed into Monday's second round. Junior Hunter Hamrick and freshman Cory Whitsett both birdied their final holes of the day to finish at even-par 72 and are tied for 28th individually.

Georgia is the only other Southeastern Conference school in the 15-team field and is tied for seventh after the first round at 1-over-par 289.

Alabama will tee off its second round at 6 a.m. (CT) on the River Course and will play with Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech on Monday.

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