Junior Lee Hodges is in a tie for second overall to lead the Alabama men’s golf team after two rounds of the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Saturday. Behind the play of Hodges, the Crimson Tide is in sixth place in the 12-team field after a 36-hole score of 1-under par 575 (285-290).
The tournament had 36 holes Saturday and will conclude with 18 Sunday.
Hodges began the day by carding a 3-under par 69 during the morning round and followed that with a 4-under 68 to finish the day with a career-best 36-hole score of 7-under par 137. His second round was highlighted with an eagle on the par 5 616-yard 13th hole. It is the second time in his career he’s had consecutive sub-70 rounds, the other last fall at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
Hodges and Purdue’s Fernando Barco (137) enter Sunday’s final round three strokes behind Reed Hrynewich, who is the clubhouse leader at 10-under 134.
Junior Jonathan Hardee also finished first day play under par with matching 1-under rounds of 71. The two-under-par total of 142 had him tied for 11th. Junior Tyler Hitchner, who collected a pair of even par 72s, gave Alabama three individuals among the top-20 as he finished in a tie for 19th at 144.
Senior Dru Love is in a tie for 53rd at 10-over par 154 (73-81), while sophomore Steven Setterstrom rounds out the Crimson Tide in 56th with a 155 (74-79) on the par 72, 7,107-yard Outlaw Course.
Tournament host Michigan (562) leads the 12-team field by six strokes over both Northwestern (568) and Kansas (568). Purdue (572) and St. Mary’s (Calif.) (572) are tied for fourth, three strokes ahead of the Tide.
The Crimson Tide, still playing without injured Davis Riley, will tee off Sunday’s final round at 9:30 a.m. CT (8:30 a.m. MT).