Tide Men's Golf Moves Up To Third

Just over a week ago, there was a confusing college men's golf poll from Golf World that had Alabama winning a prestigious tournament and not only failing to move ahead of two top teams it defeated, but actually falling in the polls. This week the other poll, from Golfweek, did quite a bit better in recognizing the Crimson Tide.

The Alabama men's golf team of Coach Jay Seawell was named the Golfweek Team of the Week after capturing the tournament title at the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club on February 22 to open the spring portion of its 2010-2011 schedule.

Led by individual runner-up Bud Cauley's 9-under-par 207, the Crimson Tide placed all five golfers in the top-16 and shot its lowest round in relation to par in over three years with a final round 14-under par total of 274.

For the tournament, Bama finished with a 28-under 836 total, five shots ahead of fifth-ranked Georgia Tech and 11 shots in front of top-ranked Oklahoma State. The 28-under-par 836 was the lowest 54-hole total in relation to par shot by the Crimson Tide since shooting 30-under 810 at the 2007 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.

Alabama now stands No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Performance Index.

Freshman Bobby Wyatt, who finished in a tie for fourth at 7-under 209 in Puerto Rico, is ranked No. 5 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Wyatt has now posted three top-five finishes in his young career.

Cauley comes in at No. 14 in the rankings while freshman Cory Whitsett, who finished in a tie for 16th in Puerto Rico, is ranked No. 35. Junior Hunter Hamrick rounds out the four Crimson Tide golfers ranked in the Top 100, coming in at No. 86.

Cauley and Hamrick each moved up a whopping 21 and 23 spots, respectively, in the individual rankings after their impressive showings in the Puerto Rico Classic. Moreover, Wyatt and Whitsett each improved as well, with Wyatt moving from No. 6 to No. 5 and Whitsett from No. 42 to No. 35.

As a team Alabama is ranked No. 3 by Golfweek/Sagarin, just one-hundredth of a point behind No. 2 UCLA with a 69.54 rating to the Bruins 69.53 rating. Oklahoma State is No. 1 with a 69.49 rating.

Alabama returns to action on March 7-8 at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in Aiken, S.C., at the Palmetto Golf Club.

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