Men's Golf Leads; Women Third Seed
The top-ranked Alabama men's golf team shot 3-under par 281 Friday to secure the lead following the opening round of the Mason Rudolph Championship at the par-71, 7,100-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club.
The No. 9 University of Alabama women's golf team shot 5-over 293 in the qualifying round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic Friday to earn the No. 3 seed heading into match play over the weekend.
The Crimson Tide men have a seven-shot lead on second-place Kennesaw State (+4, 288) and are five shots clear of host Vanderbilt and the College of Charleston (289). Louisville is fifth at 8-over 292.
Trey Mullinax is tied for second place at 2-under par 69, two shots off the leader Zach Munroe of the College of Charleston. The senior made the turn at 2-under after birdies on the second, third, sixth and ninth holes and then made eagle on the par-5 14th to move to 4-under. He bogeyed the 15th and 18th holes to close out his round.
Senior Cory Whisett made three birdies and two bogeys on the front side and then reeled off 10 straight pars to close his round at 1-under 70. He is tied for fifth heading into Saturday's second round.
Senior Bobby Wyatt and freshman Robby Shelton both shot even-par 71 in the first round and are tied for ninth place. Wyatt, from Mobile, Ala., made four birdies in the final seven holes while birdied the 14th and made four straight pars to close his round. Shelton, from Wilmer, Ala., got back to even with a birdie on the 15th. Tom Lovelady's 76, which leaves him in a tie for 37th, was dropped from Alabama's team score on Friday.
Alabama will be paired with Kennesaw State and the College of Charleston in Saturday's second round.
The Crimson Tide women's team will open match play against Mississippi State, who finished tied for fifth on Friday and earned the No. 6 seed on the par-72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course. The Tide and Bulldogs are scheduled to tee off at 7:30 a.m. (CDT) with the winner facing the winner of the Arkansas-Denver match in the afternoon.
Senior Hannah Collier paced the Alabama attacked with a season-low 5-under-par 67. Collier made the turn at even par and moved to 1-over after a bogey on No. 11. That is where the Birmingham native caught fire with four straight birdies and six in her final seven holes to finish third individually.
Senior Stephanie Meadow carded a 1-over 73 and tied for 11th among the 80 players in the field. She birded her final three holes to get back to 1-under par and keep the Crimson Tide in the championship bracket. True freshman Mia Landegren played well in her first appearance in the Alabama lineup, shooting 3-over 75 and finishing in a tie for 22nd.
"If you can get through the front nine, you can make some birdies on the back," Alabama head coach Mic Potter said following the round. "The girls did a good job of staying patient and taking advantage of the holes you can make birdie on. We were still a little sloppy in spots, but I think we are making progress. The whole key for us is to improve on a daily basis."
Sophomore transfer Janie Jackson was the Crimson Tide's third counting score with a 6-over 78, and she tied for 45th. Junior Daniela Lendl was dropped from the team score and was 60th with an 8-over 80.
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