Tide Men's Golf Wins Mason Rudolph

The No. 1 Alabama men's golf got back in the win column on Sunday with a nine-shot victory at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the par 71, 7,100-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club in Nashville.

The Crimson Tide shot 12-under-par 272 in the final round to overcome Vanderbilt's two-shot lead entering the day and win by nine strokes (5-under 847) for its sixth win of the season. The 272 was the lowest round of the tournament, nine shots better than Alabama's opening round and Mercer's final round.

The Commodores, who play for former Alabama Assistant Coach Scott Limbaugh, shot 1-under 283 on Sunday to finish second at 4-over 856. Mercer and Louisville tied for third place at 13-over 865 while Georgia Southern rounded out the top five at 16-over 868. Florida State's Jack Maguire claimed medalist honors at 10-under 203, but the 12th-ranked Seminoles finished eighth at 35-over 887.

"I was really pleased with the round today," Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. "That was a much needed back nine. Vanderbilt challenged us this weekend and I was proud of this team for rising up and playing Alabama golf. They really competed hard and did just a fantastic job."

Freshman Robby Shelton and senior Bobby Wyatt keyed the Alabama scoring barrage on Sunday with a pair of 4-under-par 67s. Shelton made the turn at 1-over, but blistered the back nine at 5-under par and finished tied for fifth at 1-under 212. Wyatt earned another top-10 finish with a bogey-free scorecard that included birdies on the final two holes to tie for ninth at 1-over 214.

Sophomore Tom Lovelady shot 68 in the final round to earn his second top 10 of the year with an eighth-place finish at even-par 213. He also scorched the backside with five birdies in his final eight holes. Trey Mullinax carded a 1-under 70 on Sunday to finish at 2-over 215 in a tie for 12th. Cory Whitsett's 72 was dropped from the team score Sunday, and he finished tied for 17th at 3-over 216.

Alabama is off until the start of the SEC Championship on April 25-27 on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simon's Island, Ga. Alabama has won the last two SEC titles and will be looking for the fifth SEC men's golf crown in school history.

In Athens, Ga., the Alabama women's team dropped a 3-2 decision to Auburn Sunday in the final round of match play at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on the par-72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course to finish sixth.

Before the Crimson Tide could get their final match underway Sunday morning, they had to finish their second match from Saturday that was called due to darkness. Janie Jackson was 1 down with one hole to play when her match resumed and the sophomore won the hole to halve the match. The match finished tied at 2.5 each and the Tide earned the win based on margin of victory to move on and face Auburn in the fifth-place match.

Against the Tigers, Hannah Collier once again paced the Alabama attack with a 5 and 4 victory over Auburn's Diana Fernandez that saw her win the fourth, sixth, seventh, ninth and 14th holes. The senior from Birmingham, Ala., never lost a hole Sunday and finished match play with a perfect 3-0 record.

"It was really good to have Hannah back in form," Alabama Coach Mic Potter said. "She really played well this weekend and that is a huge lift to this team. Mia (Landegren) also played well, and the experience she has gotten this spring is only going to be a benefit. Other than that, this weekend was a little bit of a struggle. We have a lot of work to do before SECs and not a lot of time to do it in, so we have to get home and get back to work."

Senior Stephanie Meadow captured a 2 and 1 victory in come-from-behind fashion over Marta Sanz. Meadow fell two back when she lost the ninth hole but she quickly rebounded to get back in the match. She made birdie on the par 4 10th to move to 1 down and evened the match with a par on the 11th. Meadow moved 1 up on the 14th and then 2 up with a birdie on the 15th. She halved the 17th with birdie to seal the win.

Auburn came through with three wins to claim victory as Victoria Trapani defeated Tide freshman Mia Landegren 4 and 2. Daniela Lendl dropped a 7 and 5 decision to Clara Baena, while Janie Jackson fell 2 and 1 to Alex Harrell.

The Crimson Tide return to action on April 18-20 at the SEC Championships on the Founders Course at Greystone Country Club in Birmingham. Alabama captured the SEC title a year ago at Greystone.

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