Tide Frosh Golfer Gets Tourney Win

Alabama true freshman Bud Cauley carded a 1-over 73 in the final round of the United States Collegiate Championship on Tuesday at the par-72, 7,017-yard Lakeside Course at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga., to earn a share of medalist honors.

Alabama freshman Bud Cauley and his second-round co-leader Erik Flores of UCLA both shot 73s in the final round to finish at 4-under-par 212 for the 54-hole tournament. Stanford's David Chung finished two strokes back at 214. It is Cauley's first collegiate individual tournament title of his Alabama career. The eighth-ranked Crimson Tide finished tied for fifth place as a team after shooting a 6-over-par round of 294 in Tuesday's final round. Alabama joined No. 6 Washington and No. 23 Texas A&M at 22-over-par 886 for the tournament. "We had a good day today," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "It was pretty tough conditions with snow flurries on and off all day but the guys did a good job. We didn't finish well, but we will learn from it. Bud (Cauley) played very well and to win a tournament, with probably the toughest field in college golf, was impressive. I think as a team we are making the right strides, and we are looking forward to the challenge next weekend at the SEC Championships." Clemson took home the team title with a 4-under 284 in the third round to finish at 12-over-par 876. The Tigers edged Stanford by two strokes (878) with host Georgia Tech finishing third at 17-over 881 and top-ranked Georgia fourth at 19-over 883. The field at the U.S. Collegiate Championship included the top 11 teams in the most recent Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll. The No. 8 Tide beat out five of those teams, including No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Southern California, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Indiana and No. 11 South Carolina. Redshirt freshman Hunter Hamrick fired the Tide's only sub-par round of the day with a 1-under 71 that included four birdies and three bogeys. Hamrick entered the final round in a tie for 40th position, but shot up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 19th at 6-over 222. Senior Matt Hughes was the No. 3 man for Alabama as he finished tied for 32nd at 9-over 225. He shot a 4-over 76 on Tuesday while fellow senior Matthew Swan turned in his top round of the tournament with a 2-over 74 in the final round. Swan finished in a tie for 62nd. Redshirt freshman Hunter Slatton also shot 76 on Tuesday to finish at 14-over 230. The U.S. Collegiate Championship was the Tide's final tune-up before traveling to the Frederica Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., on April 17-19 to defend is SEC Championship title.

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