Ninth-ranked in the nation, Alabama finishes 11th in SEC men’s golf tournament

Alabama’s next men’s golf tournament will be hosting NCAA Regional

Alabama Men’s Golf Coach Jay Seawell has seen enough good golf to know it when he sees if. After all, he’s led the Crimson Tide to numerous Southeastern Conference championships and a couple of national titles. By the same token he knows when the play is not very good.

That’s what the Alabama coach saw from his team in the SEC Championship tournament at Sea Island on St. Simons Island, Ga., this weekend.

“We didn’t play very well the entire weekend and it was very disappointing,” Seawell said. “You aim for the SEC Championship and unfortunately we didn’t play very well. We need to take a little time, flush our system and get back to work. There’s still a lot left to play for. We are looking forward to hosting an NCAA Regional here in about four weeks while getting prepared for the second part of the postseason which is the NCAAs.”

How bad was it? The ninth-ranked Crimson Tide was 11th after all three rounds in the 14-team field. Bama had a three-day total of 880 (294-292-294). Georgia’s winning score of 853 was 27 strokes better than Alabama’s in the 54-hole tournament.

The Bulldogs, ranked third in the nation, finished three shots better than No. 28 Texas A&M. Sixth-ranked Florida and 23rd-ranked Arkansas tied for third and No. 5 LSU was fifth.

 Freshman Davis Riley led Alabama, marking the third time this season the Hattiesburg, Miss., native has been the Tide’s top finisher in an event. Riley tied for 25th overall with a 9-over par 219 (72-71-76).

Junior Robby Shelton placed 31st with a 54-hole total of 10-over 220 (75-72-73). It marks just the second time in his standout career that he has not placed among the top 25 individual finishers in any tournament he has played. Furthermore, it’s only the 10th tournament in his collegiate career (out of 32) in which he finished over par.

Junior Dru Love tied for 38th overall at 223 (73-78-73), followed by sophomore Jonathan Hardee (80-76-73/229) and senior Tom Lovelady (74-73-83/230) in 66th and 68th position, respectively.

Georgia’s Lee McCoy claimed medalist honors with a 3-under par 207, finishing two strokes ahead of Kentucky’s Tyler McDaniel (209).

Alabama will next host the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional, which will be played May 15-17 at the Ol’ Colony Golf Complex. The NCAA will announce the rest of the regional field in early May.

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