Tide Golfers In Third Place Going Into Final Round of Conrad Rehling Invitational


Saturday, March 15, 2003

Lars Brovold
Lars Brovold

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TUSCALOOSA - The University of Alabama men's golf team slipped to third place after shooting eight over par in Saturday's second round of the Conrad Rehling Alabama Spring Invitational. The Crimson Tide trails Kentucky by a stroke and team leader Auburn by nine shots going into Sunday's third and final round of the March 14-16 event it is hosting at the Capstone Club.

"We just didn't play very well," said Alabama head men's golf coach Jay Seawell whose team was tied at second and trailed first round leader Auburn by three shots going into the second day. "From the start of the round, it was just hard. I just felt like we were out of sync all day."

Auburn leads the field of 13 teams at two over par (570). Kentucky is second (578), followed by Alabama (287-292/579), Illinois and Southeastern Louisiana (583), Toledo (584), Michigan State (592), UAB (593), Ole Miss (596), LSU (603), Purdue (604), Notre Dame (610) and Mississippi State (628).

Alabama's Lars Brovold, who'd led the field at one under par along with Toledo's Sean McTernan after shooting 69 on Friday followed that round with a 77 on Saturday, a score that dropped him to a tie at 17th (69-77/146) at four over par. McTernan shot 73 and is at fifth place at even par.

Auburn's Jay Mundy shot 68 behind the 70 he shot in the first round to take the lead. He's at four under par (70-68/138). He has a two shot lead over Southeastern Louisiana's Steven Tiley (71-69/140).

Alabama's  Lance Walker was one of three golfers who shot the 2003 tournament's low round so far. Walker shot 68 on Saturday as did Mundy and Illinois' James Lepp. Walker's round salvaged a nightmare opening round where he shot 82 and was in 66th place. He goes into the final round tied at 32nd (82-68/150).

"We're thankful for how Lance played today," said Seawell. "What a great comeback. He saved us a little bit and gave us some hope for tomorrow. We believe we can still catch them but we need to come out and play a lot better than we did today."

Alabama has five men competing for the team and four more competing unattached in the tournament. Among those competing for the team is Austin Hynson who goes into the final round at tenth place with a chance to move even higher. Hynson's scores are 71-74/145, putting him at three over going into Sunday's third round.

Wesley Pate is tied at 22nd at six over. He shot 72-76/148. And rounding out the team scorers is Daniel Creel. He's tied at 26th at seven over. He shot 75-74/149.

Among the four competing unattached is one in tenth place. Clint Provost shot 71-74/145 (three over par). Mac Butler is one stroke back and tied at 17th (73-73/146). Sean Szerencsits is tied at 52nd (76-77/153), and Oscar Lindvall is tied at 61st (77-79/156). Creel, as did Pate, eagled one hole on Saturday.

For the second straight year, the tournament featured a player who aced a hole. Michigan State's Eric Jorgensen shot a hole in one on the 18th hole, a par three.

Sunday's final round begins at 8:30 a.m. CT with Ole Miss, UAB and Michigan State starting from the No. 1 tees and Mississippi State and the ten players competing unattached on hole 10. The 8:50 wave includes Toledo, Southeastern Louisiana and Illinois on hole one. On the tenth hole at 9:20, Notre Dame, Purdue and LSU will begin play. And the final wave begins at 9:40 on the first hole with Alabama, Kentucky and Auburn.