UA Men's Golf Full Strength For SEC

Alabama's men's golf team has been playing as if it had one hand tied behind its back. But as the Crimson Tide prepares for the Southeastern Conference Championship tournament at St. Simons Island, Ga., this weekend, Bama will be at full strength.

Alabama will rank among the favorites, perhaps the favorite, to win this year's SEC title, which is played Friday-Sunday over the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. The par 70 layout measures 7,055 yards and places a premium on shot selection and putting. The course has hosted multiple USGA events and will again serve as the host venue for the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic in October.

Alabama is ranked among the nation's top teams – second by Golfstat Head-to-Head; third by Golfweek/Sagarin; and fourth in the GolfWorld/Nike Coaches Poll.

Alabama Coach Jay Seawell will be able to field his best lineup consisting of two juniors and three freshmen.

Bama is led by junior Bud Cauley, who leads the Tide with a 70.48 stroke average. He has placed in the top five of five events this season, including a victory at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. The other junior, Hunter Hamrick, has a 72.85 stroke average.

Freshman Cory Whitsett, who took medalist honors at the Linger Longer Invitational in leading Bama to victory in that event three weeks ago, is averaging 71. A key for Alabama this week is that freshman Bobby Wyatt returns after missing two tournaments with injury. He has four top five finishes this season. Trey Mullinax, another freshman, rounds out the Alabama lineup.

Cauley, who missed last year's SEC tournament while competing as an amateur in a professional event, is ranked sixth in the nation among college players. Whitsett (11th) and Wyatt (20th) round out Bama's ranked players. Hamrick, an All-America last year, finished fourth individually in the 2010 SEC Championships.

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