“I think there were a lot of positives we can take and I like to be sure we always see those,” Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. “At the same time, we keep doing some of the same old things to be honest. That’s the part that has been a little disheartening. We are still looking to break out of this little funk we are in.”
Junior Tom Lovelady recorded his fourth top-10 finish of the year as he placed seventh overall to pace Alabama. Lovelady carded his third consecutive round of below par during Sunday’s final 18 holes with a 1-under 70 and finished play with a 6-under par 210 (69-70-71). Lovelady now has 10 career top-10 results, while five of his last nine rounds have been below par.
Freshman Jonathan Hardee (71-71-73) and sophomore Robby Shelton (70-73-72) finished the event tied for 19th place with a 1-under 215 to give the Tide three golfers who finished among the top-20 individuals. Hardee, who was playing in his first tournament this spring and third career event, recorded his first career top-20 finish and a season-best 54-hole score.
“It was nice having Jonathan back in the lineup and Tom was great this week,” Seawell said. “You could tell it was Jonathan’s first tournament back, but I thought he did a good job. I think it’s only going to get better as he continues to play from now until the SEC Championship. Tom did a really good job this week and I was proud of the way he played.”
Freshman Steven Setterstrom tied for 56th with a 221 (74-73-74), while sophomore Dru Love rounded out the Tide 73rd overall with a 226 (74-72-80).
Third-ranked Texas came from behind to capture the team title with an 840, beating No. 32 Georgia (845) by five strokes. Tournament host and 28th-ranked Kennesaw State (847) and No. 19 North Carolina (847) tied for third overall, while No. 17 Oklahoma (851) rounded out the top five.
Alabama will return to action on April 3-5 when it competes at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville, Tenn.
“The next 14 days are going to be pretty important for our team,” Seawell said. “We have to prepare for a tough tournament in Nashville and then get ready to go to the SEC Championship. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and we have to find some confidence. That’s kind of what we are missing right now. I think we are five individuals right now and we have to find a way to become one team.”