Tide Men's Golf Second After First Round

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – Three Alabama men’s golfers carded below par rounds to lead the Tide in the opening round of the 2015 Puerto Rico Classic, which was played Sunday on the 6,945-yard, par-72 River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club. As a result, the 11th-ranked Crimson Tide finished the day in second place overall with a team score of 3-under par 285.

Alabama trails fellow Southeastern Conference foe No. 40 Georgia by five strokes entering Monday’s second round of play. The Bulldogs are the clubhouse leaders after shooting a team total of 8-under par 280 on the day. Virginia Tech ranked No. 29, is in third place with a 287, while No. 31 Clemson (288) and No. 21 Oklahoma (291) round out the top five, respectively.

Sophomore Robby Shelton once again paced the Tide, as he finished with a 3-under 69 to tie for second overall. It was his seventh sub-70 round this season and 23rd time in his career he has finished a round in the 60s. Junior Tom Lovelady is in a tie for seventh overall after carding a 2-under 70 on the afternoon, while sophomore Dru Love also shot below par, finishing with a 1-under 71 to place in a tie for 11th entering the second round.

Redshirt sophomore William Sellers, making his collegiate debut, played steadily and closed the day with a 3-over par 75, while sophomore Robby Prater rounded out the Tide with a 5-over 77.

Alabama, which has won four consecutive Puerto Rico Classic titles, will be paired with Georgia and Virginia Tech for the second round. The teams will tee off on holes 1-4 and will begin the round with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT.

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