May 24, 2014
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -
The top-ranked Alabama men's golf team shot 274 (-6) in the first round and followed that with a 278 (-2) in round two for an 8-under-par 552 on its first day of the 2014 NCAA Championship Saturday. The Crimson Tide is tied for second on the par-70, 6,941-yard Prairie Dunes Country Club.
Stanford is leading at 12-under 548 after shooting 13-under 267 in the afternoon round. South Carolina, who still has to play its second round is at 8-under (272) with Alabama while Auburn (274) is fourth and SMU (275) is fifth. The top eight teams at the conclusion of 54 holes advance to Tuesday's match play portion of the tournament.
The Crimson Tide got low rounds from Bobby Wyatt (66) and Tom Loveday (67) in the morning round while Robby Shelton responded with a (65) in the afternoon and Cory Whitsett shot 68 in round two. Wyatt (74) and Lovelady (73) struggled in round two after Shelton was the high score with a 72 on the opening 18 holes.
"I think that is what makes our team good," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "Our 1-5 players have given us quality starts all year, even the guy that doesn't count, is having a good start. I think that is the measure of a good team. I loved how the guys that didn't play their best in the morning, just regrouped."
Shelton opened with 72 but vaulted up the leader board with his second-round 65 to finish the day in a tie for 10th at 3-under 137. He reeled off four straight birdies on holes 5-8 and after two bogeys and a birdie on the back nine, eagled the par-5 17th, hitting his second shot to roughly a foot.
Whitsett, who opened with an even-par 70, made the turn in the second round at even par but sank back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th holes for his 68. He sank a six-foot putt on the 14th and then chipped in from just in front of the green on 15.
"I was really proud of Cory (Whitsett) and especially freshman Robby Shelton with a 65 in the afternoon," Seawell said. "We really, really needed that today."
Mullinax shot 72 in the second round and is 3-over 143 after 36 holes. Lovelady carded a 73 in round two and is even-par 140 headed into Sunday's third round. Wyatt's 74 was dropped from the team total in round two and he is even-par 140, tied for 39th.
Half of the fields, 15 teams, are slated to play their second round beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday. The Crimson Tide's third round will be set once all 30 teams have completed their second round.
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