Feb. 15, 2013
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - The third-ranked Alabama men's golf team will get the 2013 spring schedule underway on Sunday at the Puerto Rico Classic on the 6,902-yard, par-72 River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club.
This year will mark Alabama's ninth consecutive trip to Puerto Rico. The team will be seeking back-to-back-to-back victories on the island, and going for four team wins in six years. The tournament will run Sunday, Feb. 17, to Tuesday, Feb. 19, with 18 holes played daily.
Along with No. 3 Alabama, the 15-team field includes No. 9 Georgia Tech, No. 11 Georgia, No. 15 SMU, No. 19 Clemson, No. 27 Northwestern, No. 31 North Carolina, Augusta State, East Tennessee State, Michigan, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue and Virginia Tech.
Coach Jay Seawell will start All-Americans Justin Thomas, Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt along with Tom Lovelady in the No. 4 position and Scott Strohmeyer in the fifth spot. Thomas is ranked seventh in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, which Wyatt is 16th and Whitsett is 71st.
Thomas, of Goshen, Ky., took home medalist honors a season ago with a 10-under-par 206. Alabama had four players among the top seven individuals en route to an 18-stroke victory at 30-under-par 834.
Thomas leads the team with a 70.40 scoring average with Wyatt and Whitsett close behind at 71.83 and 72.13, respectively. Strohmeyer is averaging 74.78 strokes per round while Lovelady has a 75.0 average.
The Alabama golf team continues the 2013 portion of its schedule on March 8-10 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters at the Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev.
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