Tide Starts Off In First Place

BIRMINGHAM - The University of Alabama shot 14-under par to emerge as the first round leader in Monday's morning round at the 2007 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at Old Overton Golf Course.

Alabama shot 270 on the par 72 Old Overton Club course to take a three-stroke lead against UNLV who is at 11-under, 273.

North Carolina is third at 6-under, 278. Tied at fourth at 4-under are Florida and Texas Tech (280). Three teams are tied for sixth place at 1-under par, 283. At even par and tied at ninth are Auburn and Georgia State (284). East Tennessee State is 11th at 1-over par, 285, and Georgia Southern is in 12th place at 14-over par, 298.

ETSU's Seamus Power had the low morning round. He shot 6-under par, 65, shooting 32 on the front nine and 33 on the back nine. He has a one-shot lead against five players, including Alabama's Mark Harrell. Harrell shot 66 and is 5-under par and in second place along with Auburn's Jay Moseley, UNLV's Seung-Su-Han and Brandon Loska and Texas's Bobby Hudson.

Alabama's Michael Thompson and Matt Hughes are tied for 7th at 4-under par, 67. Gator Todd is T-19th at 1-under, 70. And Joseph Sykora is T-45th at 4-over, 75.

The teams are playing the second round Monday afternoon. They'll play the third and final round on Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. CT.

There is no admission charged to attend the tournament.

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