March 8, 2011
AIKEN, S.C. - The No. 3 Alabama men's golf team captured its fourth tournament title of the season on Tuesday with an 11-stroke win at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate on the par-70, 6,617-yard Palmetto Golf Club.
Bud Cauley captured his first tournament title of the season and the fourth of his career with a career-low 201 (-9) on the fourth-oldest recognized golf course in the nation. East Carolina's Harold Varner was second at 4-under 206 while Vanderbilt's Adam Hoffmann was the only other player under par in third at 1-under 209.
Cauley opened with a pair of 66s in the first two rounds on Monday and closed out the win with a 1-under-par 69 that included an eagle on the 17th and a birdie on the 18th to seal the win. His 201 total was the sixth-lowest 54-hole total in school history and three shots better than his previous low.
"I am really proud of Bud (Cauley)," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said following Tuesday's final round. "He did a fabulous job. He was really the class of the field. He shot a tournament record 201 and to do it the way he did, eagling 17 and a birding 18 was impressive. Bud carried us this week and played very well from start to finish."
The Crimson Tide finished the win by shooting the lowest round of the field on Tuesday at 4-over-par 284. UA's 54-hole total was 9-over 849, 11 shots better than second-place Virginia, who carded a 289 in the final round to post a 20-over 860. Liberty (862) was third while Chattanooga and East Carolina tied for fourth at 866. Clemson was sixth at 866 and Vanderbilt seventh with a 28-over 868.
"Getting a win is always great and I was really happy with the way the guys came out and played today," Seawell said. "And for me to be able to do it back home in South Carolina in front of family and friends was a wonderful experience."
Freshman Cory Whitsett posted his second top-five finish of the season with a 2-over-par 212. He shot 71 in the final round to tie for fifth after carding a 65 in the second round, which was the lowest round of the tournament.
Junior Hunter Hamrick finished tied for 21st with a 2-over round of 72 on Tuesday that left him at 9-over 219. Trey Mullinax was one shot back at 10-over 220 to finish tied for 24th after a 72 in the third round. Bobby Wyatt posted a tie for 46th at 225, including a 77 in the final round.
The Alabama reserves finished second at the Samford Intercollegiate on Tuesday after the final round was washed out due to thunderstorms. Hunter Slatton shared medalist honors at 8-under 136 with Central Arkansas Steven Lecuyer. Alabama finished at 4-over-par 580. Scott Strohmeyer (73-75), Lee Knox (72-76) and Hunter Bronson (78-70) all tied for 18th position at 4-over 148.
The Alabama varsity returns to the course on March 20-22 at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship at Hawk's Ridge Golf Club in Greensboro, Ga.