Tide Men's Golf Leads Regional By 15

AUBURN – The top-ranked Alabama men's golf team extended its lead to 15 shots after two rounds of the NCAA Auburn Regional Championship Friday at the par-72, 7,254-yard Auburn University Club.

Alabama shot 4-under-par 284, and was the only team under par for the second straight day, for a 36-hole total of 5-under-par 571. Host Auburn carded a 4-over 292 in the second round and is in second at 10-over 586 while Kennesaw State turned in another strong round (+3, 291) and is in third place at 12-over 588. Virginia Tech is fourth at 16-over 592 while Texas and BYU are tied for fifth at 17-over 593.

The top five finishers at the NCAA Auburn Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships at Prairie Dunes Country Club on May 23-28 in Hutchinson, Kan. The top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to NCAAs as well.

Senior Cory Whitsett paced the Alabama attack on Friday with a 3-under 69 that moved him into a tie for the individual lead at 4-under-par 140. The Houston native made the turn at even par after two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, but drained birdies on the 12th, 16th and 18th to grab a share of the lead with Kennesaw State's Kelby Burton (73-67/140).

The Crimson Tide has four players among the top eight individuals and all five in the top 25. Sophomore Tom Lovelady is tied for sixth position after a 1-under-par 71 in the second round for a 36-hole total 1-under 143.

Seniors Bobby Wyatt and Trey Mullinax are close behind in a tie for eighth at even-par 144. Wyatt shot 1-under 71 while Mullinax carded a 1-over 73. The nation's No. 1 golfer Robby Shelton fired a 1-over 73 Friday to move into a tie for 23rd at 4-over 148.

Alabama will play with Auburn and Kennesaw State in Saturday's final round. Shelton will get the Tide started at 8:40 a.m. off the first tee.

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