Shelton’s victory marked his first of the season and the fourth of his standout career, which ties him for fourth-most in Alabama history. Former Tide two-time All-American Justin Thomas holds the program record for career tournament victories with six.
“I am so proud of Robby and his performance this week,” UA head coach Jay Seawell said. “He made great decisions throughout the week in his preparation. When he is focused like he was this week, he is very difficult to beat.
“Our team can take lessons from the way Robby played. We need to go back to work and improve as a team. We are not playing well, but I believe we can still be a very good team.”
Shelton began the event with back-to-back rounds of 4-under par 67 during Friday’s opening 36 holes and followed that with an even-par 71 on Saturday. He finished the 54-hole tournament with 15 birdies and 34 pars. The Wilmer, Ala., native captured the individual title by three strokes over Florida State’s Hank Lebioda (208).
Sophomore Jonathan Hardee carded his best 54-hole score of the young season with a 6-over par 219 (73-72-74) on the par 71, 7,184-yard Golf Club of Tennessee course. Hardee ended stroke play tied for 31st overall. Freshman Davis Riley (77-74-76) and senior Tom Lovelady (73-75-79) tied for 46th position with a 227, while junior Robby Prater rounded out the Tide’s scorers in 50th place with a 228 (75-78-75).
Vanderbilt and Virginia tied for first with matching scores of 3-under par 849. The Commodores claimed the team overall title by beating the Cavaliers in a playoff. Florida State, ranked No. 2 in the nation, placed third with an 858, followed by No. 12 Georgia in fourth with an 860. Kentucky and No. 15 Duke tied for fifth place with both squads carding an 863.
The tournament will now be paired off in order of finish in an SEC vs. ACC match play format. Alabama will take on Louisville on Sunday in an 18-hole match at the Golf Club of Tennessee. The teams will be the fifth of six matches on the day.