Tide Men's Golf Wins Fifth Tourney
It bettered Alabama's previous season standard, four team tournament victories on a Jerry Pate-led Alabama team in 1974 and four won by the 2007 and 2008 teams.
Alabama won its latest championship by seven strokes, shooting 4-under, 284, as a team to finish 15-under par (285-280-284/849) on the par 72 course at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga. Florida finished second at 8-under, 856. South Carolina also finished under par at 5-under, 859. At fourth was Tennessee, 865. Tied at fifth were host Georgia Southern and UAB, 870. At 7th was LSU, 871, followed by Kentucky, 877, North Florida, 881, North Carolina, 885, Augusta State, 886, tied at 12th Auburn and Notre Dame, 888, at 14th Michigan State, 890, then Minnesota, 891, North Carolina State, 892, New Mexico, 901, and at 18th Boston College, 937.
Thompson flirted with his first collegiate championship at Alabama—he won four individual championships in two seasons as a golfer at Tulane before transferring to Alabama last season. But he came up just short. The Tucson native and 2007 U.S. Amateur finalist, shot 69-71-69/209 to finish 7-under par. South Carolina's George Bryan IV edged him out at 8-under par, aided by a 66 in Saturday's second round to win (73-66-69/208). Thompson has competed in six tournaments this season and has finished among the top 10 individuals in all six with two second-place finishes, two thirds, a fifth and a 10th place finish. All of his finishes have been under par, totaling 38-under for the six events this season.
Junior Matthew Swan, who won his last time out on the course when he took the individual championship at the Puerto Rico Classic and led Alabama to the team title, finished tied for fourth at 5-under par. The Montgomery native shot 71-68-72/211. Athens' Stewart Whitt finished tied for 18th at 1-over par (69-71-77/217). Mark Harrell, Alabama's 2007 U.S. Open participant from Hazlehurst, Ga., finished 4-over and tied for 33rd (76-74-70/220). Matt Hughes of Dalton, Ga., finished tied for 44th at 6-over (79-70-73/222). Gator Todd competed as an individual and finished tied for 28th at 3-over par. The Tide's All-Southeastern Conference golfer from Florence shot 73-72-74/219.
Alabama's latest championship trophy will go alongside the other four it has won this season, the Carpet Capital Collegiate, the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, and the John Hayt Intercollegiate. Each championship has come among fields with a minimum of seven Top 25 teams competing. There were eight Top 25 teams competing in the Schenkel E-Z-Go this past weekend.
The Tide continues to win despite the fact that it has used eight different lineups in eight tournaments this season, a tribute to the 2007-08 team's depth. It was Alabama's third tournament of the spring and its third straight tournament championship.
Next up for Seawell and the Alabama golf teams is a return trip to the state of Georgia, this time to Atlanta where it will compete in the U.S. Collegiate Championship March 24-26.
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