Men, Women Golf Teams Have Success

Both the Alabama men's golf team of Coach Jay Seawell and the Crimson Tide women's team of Coach Mic Potter are in high profile tournaments this week and both have players tied at the top. Additionally, the Bama women are tied for first place as a team.

The Alabama women are playing in the Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., while the Crimson Tide men are in the United States Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga.

Alabama's women team, ranked seventh in the nation, is tied for first after 36 holes in windy conditions. Senior Kathleen Ekey continued her strong play as she finished the day tied for the lead in the individual standings after shooting rounds of 73 and 71. Ekey shares the top spot with Florida State's Whitney Wenglasz at four-over-par.

For the Alabama men, Alabama freshman Bud Cauley continued his stellar play and is at 139, five-under-par, and tied for the lead at the United States Collegiate Championship after 36 holes.

The Crimson Tide women posted rounds of 302 and 301 and is tied with No. 10 Duke at 603 heading into the final round.

Ekey is looking for her second consecutive medalist honors after capturing her second career individual title in her last outing at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.

Sophomore Camilla Lennarth leaped into a tie for ninth place by closing her second round with birdies on two of her final three holes. The Stockholm, Sweden native shot 150 (+10) over two rounds. Freshman Brooke Pancake fired a 73 in her first round and finished with a two-round score of 152 (+12) to enter day three in a tie for 14th.

Junior Rhea Nair finished the day tied for 56th place with rounds of 82 and 79, while sophomore Courtney Harter wrapped up play in 72nd after posting a two-round total of 165. Junior Helena Blomberg, competing as an individual, sits in a tie for 31st behind rounds of 77 and 78.

The Lady Gator Invitational concludes Tuesday.

For the Alabama men at the United States Collegiate Championship, Cauley was the big story. The Jacksonville, Fla. native followed his first-round 70 (-2) with a 3-under-par 69 and enters Tuesday's final round tied for the lead individually at 5-under-par 139. Cauley shares the lead with UCLA's Erik Flores, who shot a 65 (-7) in the first round and a 74 (+2) on Monday at the Lakeside Course at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta in suburban Atlanta.

As a team, the Crimson Tide battled gusty winds and chilly temperatures en route to a 13-over-par round of 301 in the second round and enter the final 18 holes tied for sixth place with Clemson at 592 (+16). Alabama struggled on the final two holes of the Lakeside Course on Monday, shooting a combined 7-over-par on holes 17 and 18.

Stanford surged to the front of the team standings with a 2-over-par 290 in the second round. The Cardinal is 3-over par for the tournament and takes a four-stroke lead over Texas A&M (583, +7) into the final round. Washington is in third place at 9-over 585 with Georgia in fourth at 11-over 587 and first-round leader UCLA in fifth at 13-over 589.

Senior Matt Hughes tuned in another solid round on Monday with a 3-over-par 75. He is tied for 33rd place at 5-over 149. Redshirt freshman Hunter Hamrick fired a 76 (+4) in round two and is tied for 40th at 7-over 151 after 36 holes.

After an impressive even-par round of 72 on the opening 18 holes redshirt freshman Hunter Slatton ran into some trouble in round two with a 10-over par 82 that left him in a tie for 52nd place. Senior Matthew Swan rounds out the Crimson Tide's scoring card with a 9-over 81 on Monday and 13-over 157 for the tournament and is tied for 66th.

Alabama will tee off its final round at 10:30 a.m. CDT Tuesday, playing alongside tournament leader Stanford and third-place Washington.

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