Tide Has Week To Enjoy Golf Title

Alabama men's golf had a little hiccough in the middle of the season, seeing its long winning streak come to an end at 11 straight (including last year's NCAA Championship). But as championship season arrives, the Crimson Tide seems to be peaking again.

Led by record-setting medalist Bobby Wyatt, Alabama won its third straight Southeastern Conference championship in record fashion Sunday at the Seaside Course at Sea Island (Ga.) Golf Club. Bama won the team championhip with a three-day score of 34-under-par 806, which was 16 shots ahead of runner-up LSU. Wyatt won the individual title with a bogey-free tournament and seven-stroke win at 18-under-par.

Alabama Coach Jay Seawell was naturally pleased.

"I am very proud of how this team played with a lead today," Seawell said. "LSU turned in an outstanding round, but I was just so pleased with how our guys responded to that challenge. It is also a big deal to sleep on a big lead last night and come out today and play like champions – to play Alabama golf."

Seawell also had a compliment for his senior, Wyatt, who won his first individual title at Alabama. He has five career runner-ups.

"Bobby was in great command of his game and his emotions today," Seawell said. "It is so difficult to play with a big lead and to come out with a bogey-free 66 is a big deal. I am so proud and happy for him to get his first win at the SEC Championship."

"We are going to enjoy this win for about a week," Seawell said. "We have three seniors (Wyatt, Cory Whitsett and Trey Mullinax) graduating next Saturday and we will celebrate that with them and then get back to work. This is a senior-oriented team that understands how to get prepared this time of year."

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.

Wyatt said, "It is a great feeling to get the win today, and a great feeling to win our third straight SEC title as a team. I have had a lot of close calls (individually) before and those disappointments have helped make me the player I am today. I would not change a thing about my career, and those close calls have definitely made me a better player.

"I played very well today. I did not make very many mistakes, and when I did, I was able to recover. I was in command of my emotions and it all kind of came together."

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