March 22, 2014
GREENSBORO, Ga. - The Alabama men's golf team tied for the lead after 36 holes at the Linger Longer Invitational Saturday at 20-under-par 556 at the par-72, 7,073-yard Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide are joined by Georgia in first after the Bulldogs shot matching rounds of 10-under 278 on the opening day of play. The Tide opened with at 7-under 281, but shot the lowest score of the second round at 13-under 275.
True freshman Robby Shelton holds the 36-hole lead for the third time this season with a 9-under 135 total that is one shot better than Georgia's Joey Garber (-8, 136). Shelton opened with a 3-under 69 in the first round and equaled the day's lowest score with a 6-under 66 in round two that included a stretch of five birdies in six holes on the back nine.
Oklahoma held the first-round lead with an 18-under 270 but shot 7-over 295 in round two, slipping into a tie for third with Mercer at 11-under 565. Kennesaw State rounds out the top five headed into Tuesday's final round at 5-under 571.
Alabama's senior trio turned in solid performances on Saturday led by Mobile's Bobby Wyatt, who shot rounds of 71 and 68 for a 5-under 139 that puts him in a tie for eighth place. Trey Mullinax carded identical rounds of 2-under 70 for a 4-under total that included a birdie on his final hole of the day to pull even with Georgia.
Cory Whitsett is tied for 18th at 2-under 142 after shooting 71-71 Saturday. Tom Lovelady opened with a 71 but shot 76 in round two and is tied for 44th at 3-over 147.
Alabama will play with Georgia and Mercer in Sunday's final round at the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation. Play will get underway at 7:30 a.m. Sunday
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