Tide Golf Third In Pate Tournament

The Alabama men's golf team shot a 5-over-par 565 to start the 2011 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, Monday at the Old Overton Country Club. Senior Hunter Hamrick paced the Crimson Tide on day one with a 3-under-par 137 to sit in sixth place.

The University of Texas leads the tournament with an 11-under-par 549 at the par-70, 7,204-yard course. Clemson is in second, just one stroke ahead of Alabama at 4-over-par 564.

"We're struggling to find a fourth scorer and I think we're trying too hard and have a lot guys pressing and trying to do more than they should," UA head coach Jay Seawell said. "Unfortunately that just adds up to not playing very well. We need to work on our frame of mind a little bit and find out what everyone's thinking. We are young and everyone wants to do well but I think we're trying to walk before we crawl. We need to get back to basics."

Hamrick started the tournament with a 2-under 68 in the first round and followed that up with a one-under 69 to lead Alabama.

"In the first round I putted great, which I had been doing," Hamrick said. "I kept making some putts in the second round and probably had the best ball striking round I've had this year. I hit it real well, which was encouraging. We've got to take advantage of the easy holes better, the par fives and driveable holes. There are a couple of those and I didn't birdie either one today."

Sophomore Cory Whitsett carded a 2-over 142, firing a 1-under 69 in the first round and a 3-over 73 in the second. Whitsett currently stands in a tie for 12th place.

Fellow sophomore Bobby Wyatt finished day one in a tie for 21st place on the strength of a 5-over 145. Wyatt carded a 1-under 69 in the first round and followed that up with a 6-over 76 in the afternoon round.

Freshman Justin Thomas closely follows with a 6-over 146 to finish day one in a tie for 27th. The newcomer started the morning with an 8-over 78 but rallied in the afternoon to card a 2-under 68, to tie with Hamrick for the low score of the day.

Alabama freshman Tom Lovelady sits in a tie for 39th overall with a first day score of 9-over 149. Lovelady shot a 5-over 75 in the first round and then carded a 4-over 74 in the last round.

Corbin Mills of Clemson and Jordan Spieth of Texas lead the tournament with identical scores of 6-under 134. The duo both carded first round scores of 5-under 65 and capped the day with second round scores of 1-under 69.

The Crimson Tide will start the final round on Tuesday at 8:50 a.m., while the tournament will resume at 8 a.m. Alabama will be joined in the final group by Clemson and Texas.

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