Bama Golf Splits In Match Play

BALL GROUND, Ga. – The third-ranked Alabama men's golf team splits its opening-day matches at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship on Sunday at the par-72, 7,167-yard Hawk's Ridge Golf Club.

Second-seeded Alabama dropped its first-round match with East Tennessee State three matches to two before defeating No. 7-seed Texas 4-1 in the consolation bracket.

Junior Bud Cauley and freshman Cory Whitsett led a Tide team without freshman Bobby Wyatt, who did not make the trip due to injury. Wyatt is ranked 18th nationally in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Cauley and Whitsett were the only Tide players to win both of their matches on Sunday. Cauley opened with a 3 and 1 win over ETSU's Paul O'Kane before beating Texas' Dylan Frittelli 3 and 2. Whitsett dominated East Tennessee State's Spencer Lawson 4 and 2 in round one and then earned a 1-up victory over UT's Bobby Hudson.

Junior Hunter Hamrick split his matches on Sunday with a 2 and 1 loss to ETSU's Devin Komline before rallying for a 2 and 1 victory over the Longhorn's Cody Gribble. Scott Strohmeyer replaced Wyatt in the lineup and earned a split as well with a 4 and 3 loss at the hands of Lucas Armstrong of ETSU and a 3 and 2 triumph against Texas' Johnathan Schnitzer.

Freshman Trey Mullinax fell in both of his matches, losing 4 and 2 to East Tennessee State's Patrick Spraggs and 5 and 4 to UT's Julio Vegas.

Alabama will continue its battle back through the consolation bracket on Monday with a morning match against No. 6-seed Iowa at the Hawk's Ridge Golf Club. The lower seeds ruled the day as fourth-seeded Illinois and ninth-seeded Texas Tech advanced to the semifinals on one side of the bracket while 10th-seeded Duke and 11th-seeded Southern California advanced in the other.

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