March 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS -
The second-ranked Alabama men's golf team finished the second round of the 2013 Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters on Friday at the par-72, 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Country Club in third place for the second straight day.
The Crimson Tide did lose a little ground to tournament leader and top-ranked California during the second round as the Bears fired an 8-under-par 280 to move their 36-hole total to 11-under-par 565. Stanford is in second place at even-par 576, one shot better than the Tide (+1, 577). New Mexico is in fourth place at 5-over 581 with UCLA rounding out the top five at 6-over 582.
Junior Cory Whitsett continues to lead the Crimson Tide charge with a 3-under-par total of 141 after shooting an 1-over-par 73 in the second round. He is tied for second place and two shots off the lead of Stanford's Patrick Rodger's, who is 5-under par after a 73 on Saturday.
Fellow junior Bobby Wyatt carded Alabama's lowest round of the day with a 2-under-par 70 to move into a tie for 16th position. Wyatt, a native of Mobile, Ala., made three birdies and just one bogey on his second round.
Senior Scott Strohmeyer followed up his opening-round 70 with a 1-over-par 73 on day two and is tied for seventh at 1-under-par 143. Junior Trey Mullinax is tied for 28th after an even-par 72 on Saturday that left him 4-over 148 after 36 holes of play.
For the first time in his Alabama career, sophomore Justin Thomas's score did not count toward the Alabama team score during the first two rounds of a tournament. He shot a 2-over-par round of 74 on Saturday, just one shot back of Strohmeyer.
Alabama will play with Stanford and California in Sunday's final round and are scheduled to begin teeing off at 11:30 a.m. (CDT).
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