Tide Men's Golf Takes SEC Title
Alabama, ranked first in the nation, won its third consecutive SEC championship and the fifth in Crimson Tide history Sunday with a 16-shot win on the 7,005-yard, par-70 Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. Bama finished 34 strokes under par in winning the championship.
Alabama was 12-under 268 in its final round on Sunday. LSU mounted a mini-challenge in the final round, breaking Bama's one-day old SEC record of 266 with a 263 (-17) on Sunday to finish second at 18-under 822.
Senior Bobby Wyatt continued his outstanding play to secure SEC medalist honors at 18-under 192. It marked both an Alabama and SEC Championship record. Wyatt finished the 54-hole SEC Championship without making a bogey and recording 18 birdies and 37 pars with rounds of 65, 61, and 66.
It was the first medalist honor for the Mobile native after five-career runner-up finishes and 17 top-five showings. The Ben Hogan Award finalist lowered his scoring average to 70.52 on the season and a total of 16-below par.
Freshman Robby Shelton also carded a 4-under 66 on Sunday to finish alone in third place at 10-under-par 200 for his seventh top-five finish in 10 events this year. He lowered his scoring average to 70.10 on the year and 27-under par. Shelton played the first 54 holes of the SEC Championship without a bogey before recording a five on the par-4 18th hole Sunday.
Senior Cory Whitsett posted a top-10 finish with a final round, bogey-free 67 (-3) that tied for ninth at 4-under-par 206. Trey Mullinax shot 69 Sunday for the Tide's final counting score. He finished 2-under 208 and tied for 13th. Tom Lovelady shot 73 in the final round to finish tied for 43rd at 7-over 217.
Alabama's 806 broke the school scoring mark of 810 set at the 2007 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at the Old Overton Golf Club in Vestavia Hills. The 810 also sets the SEC Championship scoring record, breaking Georgia's 2006 total of 826. The Crimson Tide's four counting scores for the three days amassed 47 birdies and just 13 bogeys.
Wyatt's 17-under-par 193 bettered Mark Harrell's previous record of 15-under 198 set at the same 2007 JPNI. Wyatt becomes just the third player in school history to crack the 200 scoring barrier for 54 holes.
Auburn finished third in the team race at 11-under 829 while Georgia was fourth at 7-under 833 and South Carolina fifth at 2-under 838. LSU's Smylie Kaufman finished second individually at 11-under 199.
Both the Alabama men's and women's golf teams will learn their NCAA Regional Championship destinations on Monday when The Golf Channel airs the selection show from 6-7 p.m. CDT.
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