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Alabama men leading Puerto Rico Golf Classic, while women are sixth in New Orleans

Alabama men have first-round lead in opening golf tournament of spring in Puerto Rico; Bama women sixth in New Orleans

Alabama has won five of the eight previous Puerto Rico Classic men’s golf championships to open the spring season, and after one round the Crimson Tide is atop the leaderboard. The Bama women, playing in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans are in sixth place after Sunday’s first round, but still within striking distance.

The No. 13 Alabama men's golf team carded a 12-under par 276 on Sunday and leads the field by two strokes after the opening round of the 2016 Puerto Rico Classic. The Crimson Tide of Coach Jay Seawell will come into Monday’s second round holding a two-stroke lead over No. 16 North Carolina (278).

Alabama sophomore Jonathan Hardee leads the field after matching his career-best round with a 5-under par 67 on Sunday. Hardee is ahead of teammate Davis Riley, who finished the day with a 4-under 68 and is in a tie for second.

Junior Robby Shelton carded a 2-under par 70 and is in a tie of 11th, while sophomore Tyler Hitchner gave Alabama four golfers below par with a 1-under 71 to finish in a tie for 17th overall. Senior Tom Lovelady rounded out the Tide with a 2-over par 74 on the 6,945-yard, par-72 River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club.

Oklahoma, ranked No. 12 in the nation, is in third at 7-under 281, while No. 11 Clemson (283) and No. 14 Georgia (284) round out the top five.

Alabama will tee off the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic on Monday at 8 a.m. CST.

The No. 7 Alabama women’s golf team recorded a 4-over par 292 on Sunday in the opening round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Championship, held on the par-72, 6,239-yard course at the English Turn Golf & Country Club. The Crimson Tide is in sixth after 18 holes.

Senior Emma Talley paced Alabama, carding a 2-under 70. She enters Monday tied for seventh on the individual leaderboard. Fellow senior Janie Jackson also turned in a solid opening round, ending with an even par 72, balancing two bogeys with two birdies.

Sophomore Lakareber Abe was 2-over 74, while freshman Cheyenne Knight produced a 4-over 76. Sophomore Nicole Morales, playing in her first tournament of the spring, shot a 5-over 77.

No. 12 Arizona and No. 13 Oklahoma State are tied for the lead after firing a 1-under 287 on Sunday. No. 11 Florida and host Tulane are tied for third thanks to rounds of even par (288). No. 46 Miami is in fifth at +3 (291).

The Tide will tee off at 8 a.m. CST on Monday morning along with Tulane and Miami.

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