Bama Golf Win Streak Comes To End
The Tide opened the tournament on Monday among a three-way tie for fourth at 6-over par on the par 72 Lakeside Course at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga. Alabama came back out on Tuesday and shot 1-over par to slide into second place and just two shots back of Southern California's lead. Alabama led the tournament briefly on Wednesday afternoon after a front nine where it made the turn at 1-over but in the end, despite finishing the round at 1-over, couldn't catch Southern California or Oklahoma State who shot 5-under and 7-under in the final round. Fifth-ranked Southern California emerged as the tournament champions, finishing at even par, 294-387-283/864 to win among a field of 15 that included all eight of the nation's top eight ranked teams. It was its second team title this season.
Oklahoma State finished second at 3-over, 867. Alabama was third at 8-over, producing rounds of 294-289-289/872. At fourth was host Georgia Tech, 875, followed by Florida State, 977, Texas A&M, 881, UCLA, 882, Georgia State, 883, Georgia, 886, Charlotte, 889, Stanford, 897, East Tennessee 899, Coastal Carolina, 902, Texas, 916, and Brigham Young, 920.
Oklahoma State's Trent Leon held on the lead from round two to win in the end, shooting 69-69-70/208 to finish at 8-under par, a shot ahead of his teammate, Rickie Fowler, and Southern California's Jamie Lovemark. Lovemark won the 2007 NCAA championship.
Alabama's Michael Thompson, the nation's top-ranked collegiate golfer, continued his stand in the top 10, finishing at 1-over to place tied for 8th with his scores of 71-73-73/217. Thompson has finished among the top 10 individuals in all seven tournaments he's played this season. Two of his teammates finished tied for 13th at 3-over par, including Matthew Swan (74-71-74/219) and Gator Todd (72-71-76/219). Mark Harrell finished tied for 28th at 6-over, 77-74-71/222, and Joseph Sykora shot 81-74-71/226 to finish tied for 40th at 10-over par.
Next for Alabama is the April 7-8 Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas. It's Alabama's final regular season tournament. The Tide has won five of its eight stroke play tournaments this season.
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