Tide Men's Golf Cruises To Victory

The number one team in the nation is undefeated. No, not the Alabama football team. The Crimson Tide men's golf team. It is only the second time in history the Bama team has started the season 2-0. Last year the Tide won the national championship, but did not win its first two events.

Alabama was very convincing at Old Overton Country Club in suburban Birmingham Tuesday in taking the prestigious Jerry Pater National Intercollegiate by 16 shots. It was the Tide's second consecutive victory in the tournament over the 7,204-yard, par-70 layout. Alabama has won the Pate six times in the last eight years.

The only other Alabama men's golf team to win its first two events was the 2006-07 team, which won its first three tournaments.

Alabama will continue play this fall at the Isleworth Collegiate Classic at the Isleworth Country Club in Windemere, Fla., Oct. 20-22.

The 54-hole Pate Tournament included teams playing 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday. The Tide had a 10-stroke lead after the first 36 and closed out the field with a 3-under-par 277 final round.

Top-ranked Bama shot 3-under-par 277 in the final round with Texas A&M firing a 283 for a second-place finish (+5, 845). UAB shot 281 on Tuesday to tie for the second-lowest round of the day and vault into third at 6-over 846. Texas finished fourth at 12-over 852 with Auburn rounding out the top five at 17-over 857.

The Tide's average margin of victory in its first two events is 17 shots. Alabama won the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational by 18 shots and the JPNI by 16 and is averaging 279.7 strokes per round. The Tide is 2-under par over six rounds this season with Trey Mullinax averaging 69.5 strokes per round and true freshman Robby Shelton 68.8.

"The guys did a really good job today," Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. "These were championship pins today – the really tough pins. The greens were a little faster, and to shoot under par around Old Overton is an accomplishment. I am proud of our team, and they way they played. Everybody stepped up today and did their job, it is a good victory."

Alabama did it without its usual big guns – Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt – leading the way.

Mullinax carded a 2-under 68 in the final round to finish three shots back of medalist Wilson McDonald of UAB (-8, 202). Mullinax fired two rounds in the 60s to finish second and lead all Alabama scorers.

"Trey did a great job today and finished runner up," Seawell said. "He has done a fantastic job all year. He is transforming into one of the elite collegiate players in the country and we are very excited about that. We are going to be a good team and have a chance to do some great things if we continue to play to the Alabama standard."

Shelton followed up medalist honors at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational with a tie for fourth at the JPNI, posting a 1-under 209. Tom Lovelady finished seventh at 1-over 211.

Senior Cory Whistsett shot 69 in Tuesday's final round to finish tied for eighth at 2-over 212. Fellow senior Bobby Wyatt had a rough final round of 79 to finish tied for 23rd at 6-over 216.

"It was great to get a second team win," Whitsett said. "This is the first time we have started 2-0 since I have been in school. The undefeated season is still intact. It was a good team win and we are excited about the opportunity to continue to play to our standard each and every time we go out on the course – during competition or in practice."

BamaMag Top Stories