Four men's golfers shot par or below on Friday to lead Alabama to a season-low score of 6-under par 278 in the opening round of the 2017 Mason Rudolph Championship. As a result, the Crimson Tide finished the day in third overall, two strokes behind clubhouse leader No. 6 Florida (276).
Tournament host and third-ranked Vanderbilt (277) closed Friday's first round just one stroke ahead of the Tide in second place. Duke, ranked 21st nationally, is in fourth (282), while No. 49 Middle Tennessee (282) and No. 52 Iowa (282) round out the top five positions through day one.
Redshirt freshman Josh Sedeno led the Crimson Tide with a career-best round of 3-under par 68. The Roseville, Calif., native collected five birdies and just two bogeys as he bested his previous single round low by four strokes. Sedeno will enter the second round of play in a tie for third overall and only two shots behind first round leader Theo Humphrey of Vanderbilt (66).
Not to be outdone, junior Lee Hodges continued his stellar play as of late with a round of 69 to tie for eighth overall, giving the Tide two golfers among the top-10 individuals on the day. It was Hodges' 12th round in his last 13 that he has shot under par, while it also marked the fifth time over his last seven rounds that he has scored in the 60s.
Similar to Hodges, junior Jonathan Hardee also shot below par, finishing with a 1-under par 70 on the par 71, 7,100 Vanderbilt Legends Course South. The Greer, S.C., native is in a tie for 17th heading into Saturday's second round of play. Of his 10 rounds played this spring, Hardee has now carded a sub-par score seven times.
Sophomore Davis Riley was the fourth UA golfer to shoot par or better, finishing with an even par score of 71 to end the day in a tie for 23rd. Junior Steven Setterstrom rounds out the Alabama golfers in a tie for 49th with a 3-over 74.
Alabama will tee off the second round of play on Saturday morning at 10:10 a.m. CT off Hole No. 1. The Tide will be paired alongside SEC foes Florida and Vanderbilt.
The Alabama women’s team was rained out on the first day of the Bryant National Collegiate at the Champions Course at Bryan Park in Brown’s Summit, N.C. Teams will play 36 holes on Saturday beginning with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. (CDT) followed by 18 holes to conclude the tournament on Sunday.