Cauley Wins Final Fall Golf Tourney
The No. 16-ranked Alabama finished fifth in the loaded field after shooting a third round 304 (+16) for a final team score of 896 (+32).
"What a performance by Bud Cauley," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said following Tuesday's final round. "That was a championships performance on a championship golf course in tough conditions. He showed why he is a player of the year candidate. I was proud of the team for the way they hung in there. They continued to battle against one of the toughest fields in college golf on a very difficult course. To post a top-5 finish is pretty impressive."
No. 1 Oklahoma State took the team title with a final score of 881 (+15), five strokes better than second place Florida. Three SEC teams finished in the top five with Georgia fourth and the Crimson Tide Tide finishing fifth.
Cauley was the only player in the talent-laden field to shoot par or better in all three rounds of the tournament. The Jacksonville, Fla., native made three birdies on the final day and held a sizable lead for much of the round until Stanford's Sihwan Kim sank four birdies on the back-nine to creep into contention, finishing in second at 4-under 212.
Cauley held off the late charge to win his second collegiate event of his career, the first coming at the United States Collegiate Championship last spring. Cauley and Kim were the only two players in the field to finish the event with under-par totals.
UA sophomore Hunter Hamrick, coming off a victory of his own at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, finished tied for 16th at 222 (+6) after shooting four-over-par 76 in round three. Redshirt freshman Scott Strohmeyer also carded a 76 (+4) on Tuesday, while finishing tied for 25th at 10-over-par 226 for the tournament.
Redshirt freshman Lee Knox finished 64th after a final round 80 (+8) left him with a total score of 238 (+22), and senior Thomas Hugghins, in his first action of the year, wound up in 75th place with a 251 (+35).
Alabama finished the fall season with one team title at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and back-to-back individual titles by Hamrick and Cauley at the JPNI and Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, respectively. The Tide will resume play in the spring at the Puerto Rico Classic beginning Feb. 21.
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