Alabama Second In Regional Golf
Freshman Bud Cauley led the Alabama charge with a scorching 4-under-par 67 that included six birdies, two bogeys and tied the Galloway National course record. The Jacksonville, Fla. native carded a 4-under-par 31 on the front nine with birdies on the first, second, fourth and sixth holes.
Cauley got to 5-under with a birdie on the par-5 11th hole before a bogey on the 15th hole dropped him back to 4-under par. He would notch his sixth birdie on the 17th hole and then bogeyed the 18th to finish off his 12th sub-par round of the season. Cauley is tied for ninth heading into Saturday's final round at 4-over-par 146.
"I was very proud of the team today," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "Bud (Cauley) played like an All-American. He tied the course record with a 67 – it was really a great round of golf. That is the kind of leadership we needed. Hunter Hamrick was solid again today, and those guys are leading us right now. We are looking forward to tomorrow with one more big round to go. We need to be focused on continuing to get better, and if we do that, we will be just fine."
Tennessee holds a five-stroke lead over the Crimson Tide after two rounds in the team standings at 15-over-par 583. Alabama is 20-over 588 with Virginia close behind in third place at 21-over 589. Wake Forest is in fourth at 26-over-par 594 and Illinois currently holds the final qualifying position in fifth place at 27-over 595..
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.
Hunter Hamrick enters the final round in a tie for fifth after shooting an even-par 71 during Friday's second round. The Montgomery, Ala. native opened with a birdie on the first hole and proceeded to reel off 16 consecutive pars before a bogey on the 18th. Hamrick is three shots back of tournament leader John Hahn of Kent State who eagled No.. 9 – his 18th hole of the day – to grab the 36-hole individual lead.
Matt Hughes turned in another solid round with a 1-over-par 72 and is tied for 16th at 6-over 148. The senior from Dalton, Ga., recorded only seven pars on 18 holes while making five birdies and six bogeys in his second round. His longest stretch of consecutive pars was three on the 16th through the 18th hole and went a stretch of nine holes from the fourth to the 12th hole without a par while trading birdies and bogeys.
Senior Matthew Swan and redshirt freshman Spencer Cole both carded 4-over-par 75s on Friday. Cole is in 20th at 7-over 149 while Swan is tied for 42nd at 13-over 155.
The Crimson Tide will tee off at 8:10 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday for their final round. The Crimson Tide will be playing alongside Tennessee and Virginia.
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