The Alabama men’s golf team continued in first place after two rounds of the 54-hole Puerto Rico Classic, while the Crimson Tide women’s team moved up two spots into fourth place at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Championship in New Orleans. The Bama men have a razor-thin lead of one stroke, while the women fell further behind first place even with an improved round.
Both teams play their final rounds Tuesday.
The Alabama men, ranked 13th in the nation and playing their first tournament of the spring, had its second consecutive under-par round Monday in the Puerto Rico Classic on the 6,945-yard, par-72 River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club. After opening the tournament with a 12-under-par team score of 276 on Sunday, Bama scratched out a 1-under-par 287 Monday and stands at 13-under-par 563.
Alabama enters the final round with a one-stroke lead over both No. 11 Clemson (283-281) and No. 14 Georgia (284-280).
The Crimson Tide will be going for its third consecutive tournament win on Tuesday after finishing the fall season with back-to-back titles at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. Bama also has recorded victories in five of the last eight Puerto Rico Classics.
Sophomore Jonathan Hardee continues to set the pace for Alabama, as he is in search for his first career medalist honor. After matching his career-best round with a 5-under par 67 on Sunday, the Greer, S.C., native finished the second round at 2-under par 70. Hardee matched his career-best 36-hole total of 7-under 137 and will enter the third and final round leading a trio of players by one stroke.
Junior Robby Shelton tied Hardee for the team’s low round of the day and is in a tie for eighth overall with a 4-under par 140 (70-70). Freshman Davis Riley is in a tie for 14th position, giving the Tide three players among the top 15, with a 36-hole total of 2-under 142 (68-72).
Sophomore Tyler Hitchner is in a tie for 32nd overall at even par 144 (71-73), while senior Tom Lovelady rounds out the Tide in 48th position with a 4-over 148 (74-74).
North Carolina (565), ranked No. 16 in the nation, is in fourth place and one stroke behind Clemson and Georgia, while No. 12 Oklahoma, No. 29 Georgia Tech and Kentucky are in a three-way tie for fifth at 569.
Alabama will tee off the third and final round of the Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. CST.
Improving on its opening round total by four strokes, the No. 7 Alabama women’s golf team carded an even par 288 on Monday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Championship, which is being held on the par-72, 6,239-yard course at the English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans. The Crimson Tide has a 36-hole score of 580 (+4), sitting in fourth place going into Tuesday’s final round.
Senior Emma Talley once again turned in the best round of the day for Alabama, recording six birdies and finishing with a 3-under 69. She heads into the final 18 holes in second place on the individual leaderboard thanks to a two-day total of 139 (-5). Stanford’s Lauren Kim holds the lead at 6-under. Fellow senior Janie Jackson knocked in four birdies on Monday and ended at a 2-under 70, moving her up the leaderboard into a tie for seventh at 142 (-2).
Freshman Cheyenne Knight improved on her effort from Sunday by two strokes, shooting a 2-over 74 for the day, while sophomore Lakareber Abe finished with a 3-over 75. Sophomore Nicole Morales carded a 4-over 76 to round out the scoring for the Tide on Monday.
With the lowest round of the tournament so far, the No. 11 Florida Gators were seven under par on Monday after finishing Sunday at even par for a 36-hole total of 569. The Gators hold a seven-stroke lead on No. 13 Oklahoma State (576), while No. 12 Arizona is third with a 1-over 577.
Play continues on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. CST. Alabama has been paired with host Tulane and No. 37 Texas for the final round.