March 7, 2013
LAS VEGAS - The second-ranked Alabama men's golf team takes on one of the toughest fields in collegiate golf this weekend at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters on the par-72, 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Country Club.
The 2013 edition of the SHCM may have the strongest field yet as 10 of the top-11 teams in the country are part of the 15 teams participating. In addition, 12 of the nation's top 20 are included, all 15 teams are ranked in the top 32, according to the most recent Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll.
Participating teams include Alabama (2), California (1), Duke (11), Florida (8), Georgia (10), Georgia Tech (7), New Mexico (6), Oklahoma (24), Oklahoma State (18), Stanford (13), Texas (5), Texas A&M (32), UCLA (3), UNLV (26) and Southern California (9).
The 54-hole tournament will be played over three days, with tee times beginning at 6 a.m. (CST) each morning off the first and 10th holes.
Head coach Jay Seawell's team for the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters will include All-Americans sophomore Justin Thomas, junior Cory Whitsett and junior Bobby Wyatt along with senior Scott Strohmeyer and junior Trey Mullinax.
The Crimson Tide opened the spring with a victory at the Puerto Rico Classic for the team's second victory of the year (2012 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate). Thomas leads the team with a 70.44 scoring average with Wyatt close behind averaging 71.47 strokes per round.
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