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Alabama’s golf team has had problems on back nine in first two rounds of SEC Tourney

Nationally ninth-ranked Alabama men’s golf will start final day of SEC Tournament at No. 11

The Alabama men’s golf team found out the hard way that the 14th hole on the Seaside Course at the 7,005-yard, par 70 Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga., is the No. 1 handicap hole. That’s where the Southeastern Conference men’s golf championship tournament is being played and it was a disaster for the Crimson Tide in the second round Saturday.

Alabama golfers combined to shoot a 12-over-par on the 442-yard par four 14th hole Saturday. Bama’s golfers had one par, one double bogey, two triple bogeys, and a triple bogey on the hole that is playing 4.82.

In great part because of the result on that hole, the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide failed to gain ground on the field in the SEC Championships second round. With 18 holes to play, Bama is in 11th place and 20 strokes behind the leading Kentucky team.

The Bama squad of Coach Jay Seawell has a team score of 596 (294-292) after 36 holes.

Freshman Davis Riley continues to lead the Tide at this year’s SEC championship. The Hattiesburg, Miss., native is in a tie for 15th place overall with a 36-hole total of 3-over par 143 (72-71). Starting on Hole No. 10, Riley started by recording four bogeys or more in his first eight holes. However, he was bogey free and collected three birdies over his final 10 holes.

Junior Robby Shelton (75-72) and senior Tom Lovelady (74-73) are both tied for 33rd at 7-over par 147. Lovelady was playing even par golf during most of Saturday’s second round, but a stretch of three bogeys over five holes resulted in a 3-over par for the round. Meanwhile, Shelton struggled over his first five holes (+5), but finished the day without a bogey over the final 13 holes (-3).

 Junior Dru Love is in a tie for 54th overall with a 151 (73-78) while sophomore Jonathan Hardee rounds out the Tide in 69th place at 156 (80-76).

Kentucky remained atop the leaderboard as the No. 35-ranked Wildcats fired a 9-over 289 on Saturday to move to 6-over 566 for the tournament. Tied for the lead after the first day, Kentucky owns a 2-shot lead over Georgia’s 8-over 568 and a 4-shot lead over Texas A&M’s 10-over 570. Arkansas (11-over 571) and Auburn (14-over 574) round out the top five.

The third and final round of the 2016 SEC Championship will be played on Sunday. Alabama will be paired with South Carolina and Missouri and will tee off at 8 a.m. CDT (9 a.m. EDT) on Hole No. 10.


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