Love paced Alabama with a low round of 3-under 69 on the day, which was also the second-lowest 18-hole score of his career. He was joined by Shelton, who finished at 1-under 71 on Monday, as the only Crimson Tide golfers to shoot under par on the day. Both players enter Tuesday’s final 18 holes at 4-under 140 and are just a stroke back of overall leaders Miller Capps (Clemson) and Georgia’s Lee McCoy and Sepp Straka.
Georgia, which entered the even ranked No. 40 in the nation, is the clubhouse leader for a second consecutive day with a team score of 15-under par 561. The Bulldogs lead second place and No. 6 Georgia Tech (566) by five strokes following the Yellow Jackets’ tournament-low round of 274 on Monday. Clemson, ranked 31st in the nation, currently sits in third overall with a 2-over 578, while No. 21 Oklahoma (581) is a stroke ahead of the Tide and tournament-host Purdue (582).
Junior Tom Lovelady is in a tie for 39th overall with a 149 (70-79), while sophomores William Sellers (75-80) and Robby Prater (77-78) are tied for 64th to round out the Tide golfers.
Alabama, which has won four consecutive Puerto Rico Classic titles, will be paired with Purdue and Oklahoma for Tuesday’s third and final round. The teams will tee off on holes 5-7 and will begin the round with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. CST.