The Alabama men’s golf team didn’t gain ground on the leader in the second round of the Tuscaloosa NCAA Regional Tuesday, but the Crimson Tide did move up the leaderboard with 18 holes to play at Ol’ Colony.
Alabama freshman Davis Riley tied his career low round with a 5-under-par 67 – the lowest round in the tournament – and the Crimson Tide improved eight strokes over its opening round with a 4-under-par 282 that puts Bama in fourth place going to Wednesday’s final round. Alabama is at 576 on rounds of 294 and 282.
Fifth-ranked Georgia continues to lead the field with a 36-hole total of 10-under par 566. The Bulldogs lead by three strokes over 17th-ranked South Carolina (569). Kentucky is in third at 575, followed by the Tide a stroke back. Auburn is in fifth place with 584, nine strokes ahead of Charleston and UNLV who are tied for sixth at 593.
The top five teams from the regional will move on to the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships, which will be played in Eugene, Ore., on May 27-June 1.
Alabama will be paired with Charleston and Auburn Wednesday, and will tee off at 8:20 a.m. CDT. There is no admission charge for spectators.
“I was really proud of how we played today,” Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. “I thought we looked a lot more comfortable out there today. The golf course is still playing hard. For some reason we are seeing things we shouldn’t be seeing. Maybe we know too much about the course, I don’t know. For the most part, I thought we were really relaxed today and played well, which gives us an opportunity to do something tomorrow.”
The Crimson Tide got off to a blistering start Tuesday with 12 birdies and an eagle on its first nine holes.
Leading the charge was Riley. After a 2-over par Monday, Riley had seven birdies and a double bogey for his round of 67. He was one of 14 players under par Tuesday. Riley is tied for fifth individually with a 36-hole score of 4-under 141 (74-67).
Junior Robby Shelton was 2-over-par 74, after having been 1-under on Monday. His Tuesday score was just his ninth in 29 rounds this year over par. Shelton is in a tie for 14th place with a two-day total of 1-over par 145 on the 7,514-yard, par-72 Ol’ Colony Golf Complex.
“We needed someone to be that horse today with Robby (Shelton) not playing as well, and that person was Davis,” Seawell said. “Davis played well yesterday but just stumbled coming into the finish. We knew he was going to play well, but what a clutch performance for us.”
Sophomore Jonathan Hardee (73-73) and junior Dru Love (74-72) are in a tie for 20th with each at 2-over par 146, while senior Tom Lovelady rounds out the Tide golfers in a tie for 26th at 3-over 147 (75-72).