Tide Men's Golf Has Work To Do

New Haven, Conn. – University of Alabama sophomore Hunter Hamrick fired a 2-under-par 68 Friday in the second round of the NCAA East Regional at the par-70, 6,753-yard Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn., to move nine spots up the leader board into ninth place with a two-day total of 138.

As a team the Crimson Tide struggled in round two, shooting a 10-over-par round of 290 to fall into a tie for 10th place at 11-over-par 571 for the tournament. Despite the second-round difficulties, Alabama stands only 6 strokes out of fifth place, which UA needs to reach in order to clinch a spot in the NCAA Championship Finals.

Alabama trails fifth-place Virginia at 5-over-par (565), East Tennessee State, North Carolina-Wilmington and Charlotte at 6-over-par (566) and Vanderbilt at 8-over-par (568). Texas and Kent State pace the field at 5-under-par (555), while Penn State stands in third at even-par. UCLA is fourth at 3-over-par (563).

Rhys Enoch of East Tennessee State leads the tournament at 7-under-par 133.

Sophomore Bud Cauley shot a 4-over-par 74 in Friday's round, as did redshirt freshman Scott Shrohmeyer following even-par rounds of 70 on Thursday by both golfers. Cauley and Strohmeyer enter final-round play tied for 42nd at 4-over-par 144.

Sophomore Hunter Slatton also fired a 4-over-par round of 74 in the second round and is tied for 48th place at 5-over-par 145. Redshirt freshman Lee Knox shot 75 for the second-straight day and enters the final round tied for 62nd place at 10-over-par 150.

Alabama will tee off at 7:20 a.m. (CDT) for Saturday's final round alongside South Carolina and Southeastern Louisiana. Live scoring updates will be available at golfstat.com.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams advance to the NCAA Championship Finals, being held at The Honors Course, June 1-6, in Chattanooga.

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