Alabama junior Robby Shelton rallied from two-over-par through 11 holes with four birdies down the stretch and is one of three Crimson Tide golfers who shot first-round scores of two-under-par scores of 70 in the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Ga., Sunday.
The seventh-ranked Crimson Tide is in a tie for fourth place after the first round of the 54-hole tournament being played on the 7,073-yard, par-72 Great Waters Golf Club at the Reynolds Lake Oconee course.
Alabama is at 6-under-par 282 and tied with No. 29 Baylor for fourth place after Sunday’s opening round.
No. 25 Purdue holds the lead at 11-under par 277. Tournament host Kennesaw State is second with a 10-under 278 and No. 22 Virginia is third at 9-under par 279, three strokes ahead of the Tide and Bears, who round out the top five.
The teams battled cool and windy conditions throughout Sunday’s first round as tee times were delayed an hour due to frost warnings.
Shelton, the nation’s No. 2 ranked college player, was joined by senior Tom Lovelady and freshman Davis Riley with 70s and in a tie for 14th position.
Sophomore Jonathan Hardee is in a tie for 29th with an even par 72 during the opening 18 holes, while junior Dru Love rounds out the Tide in 56th position after carding a 4-over par 76.
The second round will tee off at 8:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. CT).