Tide Men's Golf Continues Red Hot

STATESBORO, Ga. – Alabama's third-ranked men's golf team kept up its torrid pace during the second round of the Schenkel Invitational on Saturday, following up a school-record 20-under par in the first round with a 19-under-269 in round two at the par-72, 6,962-yard Forest Heights Country Club.

Alabama has a 21-stroke lead over second-place Virginia with two-round total of 39-under 537, which is a new school record. The Tide's previous best 36-hole total was 30-under-par 538 during the 2007 Jerry Pate National Collegiate at the par-70 Old Overton Golf Club in Vestavia Hills.

Friday's 20-under 268 set a new school record that Alabama missed by only one stroke of equaling again on Saturday. No. 4 Auburn is 22-strokes back at 17-under 559 while Florida and UAB are tied for fourth at 11-under 565.

For the second straight day, Alabama's top four scores were in the 60's. After counting an unheard of zero bogeys in the team score in round one, the Crimson Tide only carded two counting bogeys on Saturday to go along with 19 birdies and one eagle.

Alabama players occupy four of the top six places on the individual leaderboard. Sophomore Cory Whitsett is in second place at 12-under 132, which matches a school record in relation to par through 36 holes of play, after shooting 7-under 65 on Saturday. He made six birdies, an eagle and recorded one bogey in round two.

Freshman Justin Thomas is in fourth place at 10-under-par 134 after a 68 in round two. Sophomore Bobby Wyatt carded a 3-under 69 after shooting a 66 in round one and is in fifth place at 9-under-par 135. Senior Hunter Hamrick shot 5-under-par 67 in round to and is in sixth place at 8-under-par 137. Even junior Scott Strohmeyer, who has been the Tide's drop score in both rounds, is only 2-over-par 146, after rounds of 72 and 74.

Virginia's Ben Kohles continues to lead for medalists honors, following up a 65 on Friday with a second-round 66. He is one stroke ahead of Whitsett, two better than Auburn's Blayne Barber and three better than Thomas.

The Crimson Tide will play with Virginia and Auburn in Sunday's final round. Alabama is slated to tee off at 8:30 a.m. from the first tee box.

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