Tide Men’s Golf Has 10-Shot Lead At Pate

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. – Four Alabama golfers are among the top 20 individuals, as the 14th-ranked Crimson Tide men’s golf team leads the 2014 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate after Monday’s opening two rounds.

Alabama carded a season-low round of 12-under par 268 during the opening 18 holes and finished the day at 7-under 553 (268-285). The Tide holds a 10-stroke over No. 2-ranked Georgia Tech (563) and No. 4-ranked Florida State (563). UAB, Arkansas and UNLV are all tied for fourth at 569 heading into the final round.

Sophomores Robby Shelton and Dru Love are both among the top five individuals in the event to pace the Tide. Shelton continued his stellar play this season with rounds of 66 and 70 during Monday’s opening day and is currently in fourth overall at 4-under par 136. Shelton has now recorded six out of his 11 rounds this year at par or below, which has resulted in three top-10 finishes this season.

Meanwhile, Love began the day with a career-best round of 5-under 65 during the first round of play. He will enter Tuesday’s final 18 holes in fifth overall with a 36-hole score of 3-under par 137 (65-72).

Sophomore Gavin Moynihan is in a tie for 10th overall with a 1-over 141 (68-73) on the par-70, 7,209-yard Old Overton Country Club course. Sophomore Robby Prater, who also had a career-best round of 69 in the first round, is in a tie for 18th overall at 142 (69-73). Junior Tom Lovelady rounds out the Crimson Tide with a 146 (76-70), which places him in a tie for 34th.

The Tide, which has won the Jerry Pate in each of the last two years, will be aiming to seize its seventh overall title at the annual event on Tuesday. Entering this year’s tournament, the Tide has captured the team title six different times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013).

The Jerry Pate Intercollegiate began in 1986 and is named for the most successful professional golfer in Crimson Tide history. Pate currently plays on the Champions Tour and is active in the team selection for the tournament.

The third and final round of this year’s Jerry Pate Intercollegiate will be played on Tuesday morning. The Tide will be paired with Florida State and Georgia Tech, with the teams teeing off at 8:50 a.m. CDT. There is no admission charge.

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