Bama Golf Ties For Second In Pate

Alabama could not overcome a large Texas lead in the final round of the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate on Tuesday at the par-70, 7,204-yard Old Overton Club and finished tied for second place with Clemson.

Alabama shot 11-over-par 291 to finish at 16-over 856 along with Clemson, who carded a 292 in the final round. The Longhorns took home the team title with a 4-under-par total of 836 after shooting 287 in the third round on the immaculate Old Overton tract. Auburn finished third at 24-over 864 with UAB fifth at 867.

"The golf course was tough, and Texas played really well, and they just outclassed us this week," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "We just keep fumbling — I hate to say it, use a football term — we see these bright spots and we take a step back, a step forward, and another step back."

Senior Hunter Hamrick led the way for Alabama, finishing fourth at 2-under-par 208. Clemson's Corbin Mills shot 67 in the final round to capture medalist honors at 9-under 201.

"I am very proud of Hunter Hamrick though. I think he has had a tough two or three weeks, he has not played the way he wanted to at the start of the year and worked really hard. I am glad he had a really good week. That's probably the bright part of the week."

Hamrick carded rounds of 68, 69 and 71, posting the Tide's low round in two of the three rounds. He recorded three birdies and four bogeys in Tuesday's final round.

"I take a lot of positives out of the tournament," Hamrick said. "I don't think our team played that great, we still finished second. Texas played awesome. They were going to be hard to beat. We could have played better for sure. As far as my game individually, I have been struggling this year, hitting it terribly, but I feel like I'm starting to come out of it, I worked hard the past couple of weeks and I hit it really good second round, hit it pretty good the first round, and I hit it pretty good the third round. It's definitely encouraging to see that."

Sophomore Bobby Wyatt finished tied for 13th at 6-over 216 after shooting 1-over 71 in the third round. True freshman Justin Thomas and sophomore Cory Whitsett both tied for 21st at 9-over 219. Thomas shot 73 in the final round while Whitsett had the Tide's drop score with a 77. Fellow true freshman Tom Lovelady carded a 76 in round three to finish in a tie for 39th at 225.

Alabama's final event of the fall is the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational where the Crimson Tide will be looking to defend its 2010 tournament title.

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