March 8, 2013
LAS VEGAS - The second-ranked Alabama men's golf team is in third place at the 2013 Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters after the first round play on Friday at the par-72, 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Country Club.
The Crimson Tide, who shot 1-over 289, is four shots off the lead of top-ranked California (-3, 285). Stanford is in second place at 2-under-par 286 while UCLA and New Mexico are tied for fourth place at 3-over 291. The opening round was delayed for roughly 90 minutes due to thunderstorms in the Las Vegas area midway through the round.
Junior Cory Whitsett paced the Crimson Tide with a 4-under-par 68 that included five birdies and one bogey. He is alone in second place, two shots back of first-round leader Patrick Rodgers of Stanford (66).
Senior Scott Strohmeyer also broke par for Alabama on Friday with a 2-under-par 70. He is tied for fifth place heading into Saturday's second round. Junior Bobby Wyatt shot 3-over 75 and is tied for 40th.
Trey Mullinax was the Tide's final counting score in the opening round with a 4-over 76, and he is tied for 51st. Sophomore Justin Thomas did not count toward Alabama's team score Friday after shooting 79.
Alabama will tee off at 11:30 a.m. on the first tee and will play with Stanford and California.
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