Alabama Men's Golf Continues In SEC Lead

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The No. 25 Alabama men's golf team continues to lead the 2015 Southeastern Conference men’s golf championships after carding a second round score of 6-under par 274. As a result, the Tide currently is at 17-under par 543 (269-274) after 36 holes and leads No. 7 LSU (546) by three strokes heading into Sunday’s third and final round.

"I was really proud of the day," Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. "Even though there were no scoreboards on the course, the guys had a good feel for what was going on. LSU got off to an incredible start and went low and probably passed us. But I loved the way our guys played the back nine and just stayed the course. They've done a really good job each day with the pressure ratcheting up. They've done a good job of competing."

Fifth-ranked Vanderbilt (276-274/550) and sixth-ranked South Carolina (275-275/550) are tied for third overall at 10-under, while No. 15 Auburn (551) rounds out the top five at 9-under par.

Sophomore Robby Shelton, who has been named a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist and selected to the 2015 U.S. Palmer Cup team earlier in the week, continues to set the pace for the Crimson Tide. The Wilmer, Ala., native collected back-to-back rounds of 5-under par 65 on the par-70, 6,898-yard Sea Island Golf Club Seaside Course, and finished the day in second overall with a 10-under par 130.

Shelton recorded seven birdies, five coming over the final nine holes, and two bogeys on the afternoon. He now has 13 birdies and three bogeys over the 36 holes. Shelton will enter the final round just one stroke behind South Carolina’s Matthew NeSmith (65-64/129) for the individual lead.

Freshman Jonathan Hardee continues to have a stellar performance at this year’s championship. The Greer, S.C., native carded an even par round of 70 on Saturday, which followed his career-low round of 67 on Friday. He comes into the final 18 holes in a tie for 11th overall at 3-under 137.

Sophomore Robby Prater also is among the top-20 individuals at 1-under par 139 (69-70). Prater recorded three birdies and three bogeys on his way to the best 36-hole score of his career.

Sophomore Dru Love is in a tie for 33rd overall with a 142 (68-74), while junior Tom Lovelady, who carded the second-lowest round of the day for the Tide with a 69, is in a tie for 39th overall at 3-over par 143 (74-69).

The Crimson Tide will enter play on Sunday in search of its fourth consecutive SEC title and sixth in program history. No team has won four straight SEC Championships since Florida accomplished the feat from 1991-94.

"We had better play some good golf on Sunday. No, make that some great golf,” Seawell said. “We had better play great because this league has some of the best teams in the country."

Alabama will be paired with LSU and Vanderbilt in Sunday’s third round and will tee off at 8:10 a.m. CT (9:10 a.m. ET).

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