Sunday, February 09, 2003
GAINESVILLE, FLA. - Playing under weather conditions that caused the cancellation of a baseball game and the final day of a track meet also hosted by the University of Florida, the University of Alabama men's golf team still managed to pull up four spots from its day one play and finished eighth in the final team standings at the University of Florida Gator Invitational on Sunday.
Alabama shot 301-296-296/893 to finish mid-way amongst a field of 15 teams. Augusta State won the tournament (280-291-298/869) by three strokes over the host school, the University of Florida (296-281-295/872). Both Augusta State and Florida are currently ranked among the nation's top 10 in college golf.
Purdue finished third (882), followed by Charleston (885), Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern (890), Georgia State (891), Alabama (893), UAB (896), Florida State (897), Kentucky (901), LSU (902), Ohio State (914), North Florida (924) and South Florida (935).
Augusta State's Oliver Wilson won the tournament by a stroke (67-70-73/210) over Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker (69-73-69/211) on the par 70 University of Florida Golf Course.
Mac Butler and Clint Provost had Alabama's best individual finishes. The duo finished among a tie at 22nd. Butler shot 76-73-74/223 and Provost shot 76-75-72/223. Lars Brovold finished tied at 33rd after shooting 70-78-77/225. And, together amongst a tie at 49th were Alabama's Daniel Creed (81-74-74/229) and Austin Hynson (78-74-76/229).
Alabama's next tournament is March 7-9 when top 10 ranked UNLV hosts the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas.