March 16, 2013
Results STATESBORO, Ga. -
The second-ranked Alabama men's golf team fired a 7-under-par 281 in the second round of the Schenkel Invitational on Saturday to take the team lead from Texas on the par-72, 6,947-yard Forest Heights Country Club.
Alabama sophomore Justin Thomas maintained his hold atop the individual leader board with a 2-under-par round of 70. He has a three-stroke lead over teammate Bobby Wyatt on the individual leader board. Thomas enters the final round at 7-under-par 137 with Wyatt second at 4-under 140.
In the team competition, the Tide holds a two-shot lead over Texas at 13-under-par 563 after counting four under-par rounds on Saturday. The Longhorns are two-shots back at 11-under 565 after carding a 3-under total of 285. Florida is in third place at 5-over-par 581 with Maryland in fourth place at 584. Central Florida and North Florida are tied for fifth at 9-over 585.
Thomas, from Goshen, Ky., got off to another hot start in round two, shooting 4-under 32 on the front side with three birdies, an eagle and a bogey. He then carded bogeys on the 11th and 13th to finish with a 70.
Wyatt, a native of Mobile, Ala., also played well on the front with an eagle on the par-4, 337-yard fifth hole, driving the ball just off the green and then chipping in. He added three more birdies and two bogeys on the front nine for a 3-under 33. He birdied the par-5 11th hole and made bogey on either side to finish at 2-under for the day.
Junior Cory Whistett finds himself in a tie for third place at 3-under-par 141, four-shots back of Thomas, after firing a 1-under-par 71 on Saturday. The Houston native recorded three birdies and two bogeys on his round.
Senior Scott Strohmeyer also bounced back from a tough round on Friday to shoot 2-under-par 70 in round two. He closed with an eagle on the par-5 18th and is tied for 32nd individually. Redshirt freshman Tom Lovelady shot 74 but did not count toward the Tide's second-round score. He is 5-over and tied for 37th individually. Lee Knox is playing as an individual this weekend and shot 4-over 76 on Saturday and is tied for 42nd at 6-over 150.
For the third straight round Alabama will be paired with Texas and Florida. The Crimson Tide, Longhorns and Gators are slated to tee off beginning at 7:30 a.m. (CDT) on Sunday.
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