April 15, 2011
SEA ISLAND, Ga. - University of Alabama men's golf team is in fourth place following the first round of the 2011 SEC Men's Golf Championship at the par-70, 7,055-yard Seaside Course at the Sea Island Golf Club on Friday.
Florida holds the team lead after the opening 18 holes with a 5-over-par total of 285. The Gators have a one-stroke lead on Tennessee and Arkansas, who both carded 6-over-par rounds of 286. Alabama is fourth with an 11-over-par score of 291.
LSU's John Peterson holds the individual lead at 2-under-par 68 with Florida's Phillip Choi, Georgia's Bryden MacPherson and Tennessee's Robin Wingardh tied for second one shot back at 69. Crimson Tide junior Hunter Hamrick posted a 1-over-par 71 and is one of seven golfers tied for eighth place.
Hamrick, a native of Montgomery, Ala., birdied five holes in the opening round including three of four from holes 10 through 13. But Hamrick was dogged by four bogeys and a double bogey on 16 that prevented him from finishing at par or better.
Junior Bud Cauley is tied for 15th after the opening round as he fired a 2-over-par 72 for the first 18. Alabama's other three golfers - freshman Cory Whitsett, freshman Bobby Wyatt and freshman Trey Mullinax - all finished tied for 27th with identical scores of 74 (+4).
Alabama begins second round on Saturday morning. Follow all of the day's action at www.golfstat.com.