Success For Present, Past Tide Golfers
Cory Whitsett failed to defend the championship he won in the 2011 Western Refining All-American Golf Classic in El Paso, but the Alabama junior from Houston did record his second consecutive top three finish. Whitsett finished tied for third at 12=under-par 201 over the par-71, 6,817-yard El Paso Country Club course. His teammate, soph Justin Thomas, tied for 12th.
And on the PGA Tour, former Tide golfer Bud Cauley has been named a finalist for the 2012 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award. The three-time All-American at Alabama led all tour rookies with six top-10 finishes in 2012.
In El Paso, Whitsett entered the final round on Tuesday tied with UNLV's Kevin Penner for the lead, but Penner shot 68 in the final round to edge Whitsett by two shots. Whitsett carded rounds of 66 and 65 on Monday in the first 36 holes of play.
Thomas, from Goshen, Ky., got off to a slow start with a 1-over 72 in Monday's first round but caught fire over the final 36 holes to finish in a tie for 12th at 6-under-par 207. He closed his first day of play with a 67 and then carded a 3-under 68 in Tuesday's final round.
The men's golf team returns to action in spring of 2013 when they look to defend its team title at the Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 17-19 at the Rio Mar Country Club.
Cauley joined the PGA Tour without having to go through qualifying school following his junior year at Bama in 2011 and played a few tour events that year. In his first full season on the circuit this year, Cauley played in 28 tournaments and placed 38th in the final FedEx Cup rankings. The native of Jacksonville, Fla., finished the season 44th overall on the final official money list with earnings of $1.74 million.
Other nominees include Charlie Beljan, Jonas Blixt, John Huh and Ted Potter, Jr.
Players were nominated by the PGA TOUR Player Directors and members of the Player Advisory Council. The winner will be determined by a member vote, with PGA Tour members who played in at least 15 official money events in 2012 eligible to vote.
During his time at The Capstone, Cauley was a member of the 2009 United States Walker Cup Team. He currently holds UA records for average scoring at 71.36 among players with at least 45 career rounds.
The winner will be announced in early December.
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