Alabama Golf Wins Jerry Pate Tourney

Sophomore Hunter Hamrick shot a five-under-par 65 to take medalist honors and lead No. 4 Alabama to its fourth straight Jerry Pate Invitational title at the par-70, 7,204-yard Old Overton Club on Tuesday.

Alabama posted a seven-under-par 273 to outduel second place Texas by three strokes (276). UNLV and East Tennessee State tied for third place at even-par 280 with Louisville finishing fifth at 1-over-par 281.

"It means a lot," Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. "It was a different kind of day with only getting to play 18 holes it was more of a shootout, which was different than the other three, however everybody had a chance to win. Usually you have the team right in front of you or you're playing with them, and you have a pretty good idea where you stand, but today everybody was in it.

"That was a great teaching tool for our players, to just play your ball and do the best you can. To win four in a row at the Jerry Pate is a big deal for our team, our program, and I'm just really proud of them."

After day one's 36 holes were rained out on Monday, the tournament was shortened to an 18-hole event. Hamrick brought his A-game to the course, sinking seven birdies including four straight on holes 15 through 18 to help secure the victory for Alabama.

"The whole day I just knew it was going to be a grind with the wet and tough conditions, but I knew if I could just get through 13, then 14, 15 and 16 are birdie holes," Hamrick said. "They moved the tee up on 18, so that turned into a birdie hole, and I knew if I had a pretty good round going through 13 then I could turn it into something. Luckily I was able to do that."

The string of four birdies included an impressive chip-in on No. 17 that helped secure the win over Texas' Cody Gribble (66) and UNLV's Derek Ernst (67).

"He (Hamrick) was unbelievable," Seawell said. "He holed out a chip shot on 17 that was one of those miraculous shots. I'm proud of him. He's worked really hard, and he's continuing to grow as a player. I hope this is something that can propel him into a great season."

Two more Tide players fired rounds in the 60s. Bud Cauley shot a 68 (-2) and finished tied for fourth giving him two top 10 finishes in as many events this season. The Jacksonville, Fla., native had only one bogey on the day and three birdies.

Redshirt freshman Scott Strohmeyer posted a 69 (-1) and finished tied for 11th place, his best result of his short career. Strohmeyer got off to a hot start carding a 33 (-2) on the front nine.

Sophomore Hunter Slatton finished tied for 20th after shooting a 71 (+1). Slatton had somewhat of a roller-coaster round with four birdies and five bogies.

Redshirt freshman Lee Knox rounded out the Tide lineup with a 74 (+3) and concluded play tied for 44th place. Knox shot two-under par on 17 of the 18 holes but had difficulty with the par-3 12th where he carded a nine.

Alabama's final fall event will be the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Fla. beginning Oct. 25.

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