The No. 9 Alabama men's golf team struggled on the back side of the Seaside Course at St. Simons Island, Ga., Friday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Championship Tournament, and the Crimson Tide goes into the second round of the tournament Saturday in difficult position.
Alabama was a respectable 4-over-par as a team on the 6,898-yard, par70 course after nine holes, but on the second nine combined for 13 bogeys and five double bogeys against only seven birdies and finished 14-over-par 294. Thus, Bama is in a tie for 11th with fifth-ranked LSU after 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament.
The Georgia and Kentucky squads share the lead after one round of this year’s championship. The Bulldogs and the Wildcats — ranked third and 35th, respectively, in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings — each fired a 3-under 277 on the day. Florida, ranked sixth in the nation, is third at 5-over 285, followed by No. 4 Vanderbilt and Tennessee both at 6-over 286.
In Saturday’s second round, Alabama will be paired with South Carolina and LSU and will tee off at 8 a.m. CDT (9 a.m. Eastern) on Hole No. 10.
Freshman Davis Riley led the Tide during the first round of play, carding a 2-over par 72. Riley collected four birdies, three of which came through his first eight holes, and is in a tie for 22nd overall coming in to the second round.
Playing on his home course, junior Dru Love shot a 3-over par 73 and is in a tie for 32nd overall. The St. Simons Island, Ga., native was at 1-over par for the day heading into Hole No. 18, but collected a double bogey on the 470-yard par 4 finishing hole.
Senior Tom Lovelady is in 37th position after carding a 4-over 74, followed by junior Robby Shelton who is in 47th overall with a 5-over 75. Sophomore Jonathan Hardee rounds out the Tide in 66th position with an 80.