Alabama Men's Golf Gets Another Win

PRINCEVILLE, Hawaii – The No. 15 Alabama men’s golf team earned its second straight tournament win as the Crimson Tide claimed the 2015 Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational by five strokes over No.3 Wake Forest Wednesday.

Alabama finished the three-day, 54-hole event with a team total of 824 (281-269-274), which is tied for the sixth-lowest tournament total in program history. The 40-under par finish ranks fourth-lowest vs. par in the Alabama record books.

This week’s victory comes on the heels of winning the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, which was held Oct. 5-6 in Birmingham.

“It feels really good to finish the fall season with two straight wins,” Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. “We have been able to beat really good teams during the stretch. We had a great day today with Wake Forest. I think they are one of the top two or three teams in the country and that’s because they are really good. I wanted to see how our guys would handle that and I am proud of the way they handled today. To win this tournament, while holding onto the lead and competing against a really good team back and forth all day long is a great way to end the fall.”

All five Alabama golfers finished among the top-10 individually in the 17-team field. Bama was led by senior captain Tom Lovelady who had a career-best finish of second. He led the field in par 4s average score (3.73, -8) and was second with 20 birdies, and carded a career-low 54-hole score of 13-under par 203 (68-67-68). He has now recorded sub-70 scores in five of his last six rounds.

Sophomore Jonathan Hardee also set new benchmarks during the week. Hardee finished tied for fourth with a three-round total of 9-under 207 (70-68-69) – both career-best results. Junior Robby Shelton (74-66-69) and sophomore Steven Setterstrom (71-69-68) tied for sixth with an 8-under par 208, while freshman Davis Riley tied for ninth with a 7-under 209 (72-68-69).

The Demon Deacons closed play with a team score of 829, followed by No. 36 UAB (839), Pepperdine (844) and Cal Poly (852) to round out the top five.

With the victory, Seawell feels the team will look to carry the momentum through the off-season and into next spring, when the Tide opens at the Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 21-23.

“The last two tournaments we’ve battled three of the top four teams and have been able to beat them in pressure-packed days, so I think it really does help our confidence,” Seawell said. “We are still pretty young and days like today do things to help you build as we get ready for the championship time of both the SEC and NCAAs. We look forward to enjoying this one on the long flight home and we will get ready to go back to workouts next week.”

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