Tide Men's Golf Fourth At Regional
"We are playing a really tough golf course under perfect conditions and it was a tough day with sustained winds at 25 miles per hour and gusts up over 30," Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. "I was really proud of our team, the way they held their composure in difficult playing conditions."
Winds out of the South proved to be a stumbling block for the entire field with Tennessee producing the top round at 12-overpar 296 while no individual in the 75-man field was able to break par. Wake Forest is in second place after shooting a 13-over-par 297 with Virginia just behind in third place at 14-over 298.
The top five teams and the top individual not on an advancing team will qualify from each regional site for the NCAA Division I Men's Championship at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The NCAA Championships run May 26-30, 2009.
The Crimson Tide got solid rounds of 3-over-par 74 from redshirt freshman Spencer Cole and Hunter Hamrick. The pair is tied for ninth heading into Friday's second round at the Galloway National Golf Club. Cole opened with a double bogey on No. 1 but recovered to shoot 2-over 37 on the front before firing a 1-over 37 on the back nine with a penalty stroke for slow play on No. 13. Hamrick carded two 37s with two bogeys on the front side and two birdies and three bogeys on the back.
"I thought Spencer (Cole) really played a fine round," Seawell said. "He got off to a nervous start with a double on the first hole but settled down and played really good golf. He actually only had 72 strokes today, but was penalized one stroke for slow play, which gave him a 73."
Senior Matt Hughes posted a 5-over-par 76 in the opening round and is tied for 22nd position. Hughes made two birdies on the back nine to put together a quality round in the gusty winds.
The SEC Freshman of the Year Bud Cauley is tied for 41st with an 8-over-par 79. It is the first round over 75 since the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic in early March for Cauley, and the highest round of his Alabama career. Senior Matthew Swan rounded out the Crimson Tide scoring with an 80 and is tied for 47th.
The Crimson Tide will tee off at 7:50 a.m. (CDT) on Friday for their second round and will be playing with Illinois and Colorado State.
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