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Seventh-ranked Alabama men’s golf will be among favorites at Linger Longer

Alabama’s men’s golf will play three tournaments in next 15 days

The Alabama men’s golf team has shown that it is another in the outstanding line produced Coach Jay Seawell, but the Crimson Tide has to hope that it can rebound from a poor performance in its last outing.

A good place for that to happen is in the prestigious Linger Longer Invitational being played Sunday through Tuesday over the 7,073-yard, par-72 Great Waters Golf Club at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga. That’s because Alabama has won the tournament in three of the past five years.

This will be the start of a stretch of three tournaments in 15 days for Bama.

Alabama is ranked seventh in the nation this week in the Golfweek Coaches Poll.

The Tide comes into the Linger Longer having won three of its last four tournaments dating back to the end of the fall season. The Tide will look to return to its winning ways following a 13th-place result at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, which was played on March 7-9.

Alabama’s lineup for the weekend will be led by junior Robby Shelton, who is No. 2 in the nation according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index rankings.

Shelton has three tournaments this year and a school record seven for his career. Earlier this spring, he was named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List and is ranked No. 3 in the Arnold Palmer Cup rankings in which the top six players will be selected to compete against Europe in the 2016 Arnold Palmer Cup at Formby Golf Club June 24-26.

Joining Shelton in the Tide’s starting five will be senior Tom Lovelady and freshman Davis Riley, who have each been in the lineup for every tournament during the 2015-16 season. Sophomore Jonathan Hardee and junior Dru Love will round out Alabama’s starting five, while sophomore Tyler Hitchner will compete as an individual.

In addition to the Crimson Tide, this year’s 14-team field includes six teams ranked among the top 50 in the nation. Along with Alabama, the field includes No. 3 Georgia, No. 22 Virginia, No. 25 Purdue, No. 29 Baylor, No. 47 Augusta. Also competing this week will be Charlotte, Kennesaw State, Louisville, Mercer, Missouri, South Alabama, and UNC Greensboro.

Alabama will begin Sunday first round play at 7:30 a.m. CDT (8:30 Eastern) of Hole No. 1, and will be paired with Baylor and Kennesaw State.

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