Bud Cauley's 70 Paces Tide in Opening Round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Bud Cauley shot a 70 in the opening round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship on SUnday.
Bud Cauley shot a 70 in the opening round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship on SUnday.

April 5, 2009

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Alabama true freshman Bud Cauley fired a 2-under-par 70 in the opening round of the United States Collegiate Championship on Sunday at the par-72, 7,017-yard Lakeside Course at The Golf Club of Georgia.

Cauley is tied for seventh place headed into Monday's second round, five strokes off the lead of UCLA's Erik Flores, who torched the Lakeside Course with a 65 in the opening round. Cauley caught fire for the Crimson Tide over his final six holes, carding four birdies and two pars to vault up the leaderboard.

"I was excited to see Bud Cauley come out and really put together a good round," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said following the first round. "I also thought Hunter Slatton played a very consistent all day. As a team we are able to take advantage of good scoring conditions, but we are really going to need to be focused over the final two rounds with cold and windy conditions in the forecast."

The eighth-ranked Crimson Tide is tied for seventh place as a team after a 3-over-par round of 291 on Sunday, joining South Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Clemson has the team lead after a 5-under-par 283 while UCLA is second at 4-under 284 and Southern California is third at 285. Washington is fourth at 1-under 287 while Oklahoma State and Stanford round out the top five with 1-over-par rounds of 289.

Redshirt freshman Hunter Slatton, a Tuscaloosa native, is tied for 16th individually after a solid even-par round of 72 on the opening 18 holes. Slatton carded two birdies and two pars on his opening nine holes and then registered seven pars on his back nine that also included a birdie on the first hole and a bogey on No. 3.

Senior Matt Hughes birdied his final hole of the day with a four on the par-5 ninth to shoot a 2-over-par 74. He is tied for 37th headed into Monday's second round. Redshirt freshman Hunter Hamrick also closed with a birdie on No. 9 to shoot a 3-over 75 and is tied for 43rd. Senior Matthew Swan carded a 76 and is tied for 56th place.

Live stats are available at golfstat.com with results and a round recap on RollTide.com following Monday's action.

(4) Clemson 283 (-5)
(27) UCLA 284 (-4)
(3) Southern California 285 (-3)
(9) Washington 287 (-1)
(2) Oklahoma State 289 (+1)
(6) Stanford 289 (+1)
(8) Georgia Tech 291 (+3)
(11) South Carolina 291 (+3)
(13) Alabama 291 (+3)
(1) Georgia 295 (+7)
(24) Texas A&M 296 (+8)
(5) Florida 296 (+8)
(18) Florida State 302 (+14)
(7) Indiana 303 (+15)
(29) East Tennessee State 306 (+18)
( ) Golfweek National Ranking

Bud Cauley - 70 (-2)
Hunter Slatton - 72 (E)
Matt Hughes - 74 (+2)
Hunter Hamrick - 75 (+3)
Matthew Swan - 76 (+4)