Tide Golf Team Moves Up Tuesday

ALPHARETTA, GA. – The second round is called moving day in collegiate golf and the No. 1 ranked University of Alabama men's golf team did just that on Tuesday, moving from a three-way tie at fourth on Monday to second place after 36 holes at the United States Collegiate Championships.

The 54-hole tournament began on Monday with the first round and concludes with the final round on Wednesday. The tournament is being held at the Golf Club of Georgia's Lakeside Course in Alpharetta, Ga., and features, among its field of 15, ten Top 25 ranked teams, including all eight of the nation's top eight ranked teams.

Alabama shot 1-over par, 289, in Tuesday's second round and is two shots back of tournament leader Southern California. Fifth-ranked Southern California is at 5-over going into the last round, shooting 294-287/581 on the par 72 course. It is the only team so far to shoot an under par round after 36 holes with the 1-under it shot on Tuesday.

Alabama is at 7-over after 36 holes, shooting 294-289/583 to put the Crimson Tide in second place, a jump of two spots from where it was on Monday.

Tied for third at 10-over are both Oklahoma State and host school Georgia Tech (586). At fifth is 3rd-ranked UCLA which tumbled from the top spot on the leader board in the opening round. The Bruins opened at 1-over par, 289, on Monday but shot 10-over on Tuesday to put it at 12-over, 588.

At sixth is Florida State, 592, followed by Georgia State, 594, Texas A&M, 597, tied at ninth East Tennessee State and No. 2 ranked Georgia, 600, at 11th No. 4 ranked Charlotte, 601, Coastal Carolina, 608, Stanford, 611, Texas, 613, and Brigham Young, 625.

Oklahoma State's Trent Leon shot 3-under on Tuesday to move into the top spot on the individual leader board. He shot 69-69/138 for 6-under.

Gator Todd has Alabama's best spot as he's T-5th at 1-under. The Florence senior shot 72-71/143. Alabama's Michael Thompson is T-11th at even par (71-73/144) along with his teammate, Matthew Swan (74-71/145). Mark Harrell is T-33rd at 7-over (77-74/151, and Alabama's Joseph Sykora is T-51st at 11-over (81-74/155), rebounding from his 9-over first round with 2-over in the second.

Both rounds of the tournament began with frost delays. The field waited an hour-and-half to start on Tuesday. The temperature was 48 degrees when the first group hit the tees, a degree higher than the first group's 47-degree start on Monday morning.

Alabama has won five team tournament championships so far this season, including all three of its spring events so far.

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