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After a bit of a disappointing day in the first round of the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Ga., the Alabama golf team vaulted into first place with the only team round of the day under par Monday.
The Crimson Tide shot a 3-under-par 285 Friday and is 9-under-par 285 heading into the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
Seventh-ranked Alabama will enter the final 18 holes with a three-stroke lead over No. 22 Virginia (570). Augusta State (572), ranked No. 47 in the nation, is in third, while tournament host Kennesaw State (577) and No. 3 Georgia (579) round out the top five.
Alabama came into this week’s event having won three of the last four tournaments it has played dating back to the fall season and is eyeing its fourth Linger Longer team title in the last six years.
Leading the way for the Tide was senior Tom Lovelady, who collected four birdies and a pair of bogeys on Monday, including a bogey-free back nine, on his way to recording his second consecutive round of 70. He is in a tie for sixth overall with a two-day total of 4-under par 140 (70-70).
Freshman Davis Riley continued his consistent play, carding a 1-under par 71 on Monday and is in a tie for ninth with a two-day total of 3-under par 141 (70-71).
Junior Robby Shelton struggled on the front nine for the second consecutive round, but once again was able to rebound on his back nine to finish at even par 72 for the day. Shelton, who has combined to shoot 4-over par on the front nine but is 6-under on the back nine, is in 11th overall with a 2-under 142 (70-72)
Junior Dru Love also shot even par on Monday and is in a tie for 33rd overall with a 36-hole total of 4-over par 148 (76-72) on the par-72, 7,073-yard Great Waters Golf Club at Reynolds Lake Oconee course. Sophomore Jonathan Hardee rounds out the Tide in 53rd position overall with a 152 (72-80).
Sophomore Tyler Hitchner, who is competing this week as an individual this week, is in a tie for 24th with a 146 (70-76).
The third round will tee off at 8:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. CDT).