STATESBORO, GA. The University of Alabama golf team shot par in Saturday afternoon’s second round to finish out 36 holes of golf in a single day and is in third place going into Sunday’s final round at the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational.
The field includes 18 teams, eight of which are ranked among the nation’s Top 25. The tournament, which began with the first two rounds on Saturday, is hosted by Georgia Southern and is being played at the par 72 Forest Heights Country Club, a 6,962 yards layout.
Georgia, ranked No. 3 in the latest golf coaches’ poll, leads the field and is 12 under par going into the final round, shooting one under in the morning round Saturday and following it with 11 under in the afternoon round (287-277/564). The Bulldogs have a 14 shot lead against South Carolina which shot five under par in the second round and is two over for the tournament (295-283/578). Alabama shot even in the afternoon but opened at four over par. The Tide, ranked No. 5, is third at four over par, shooting 295-288/580. Auburn is fourth at six over par (582), followed by Augusta State (586), No. 2 ranked Florida (587), Arizona (590), Texas A&M (591), New Mexico (592, tied at 10th Michigan State and LSU (594), North Carolina (595), Minnesota (596), tied at 14th Georgia Southern and Tennessee (599), Ohio State (600), Kentucky (602) and N.C. State (608).
Georgia’s Chris Kirk leads all individuals going into the final round. He’s at six under par, shooing 70-68/138 and has a three stroke lead against three golfers who are among a tie for second.
Alabama has three players among the top 20 individuals, led by Michael Thompson who is even par and tied for 11th. Thompson shot 71-73/144. Mark Harrell is at 18th (72-74/146) at two over par. Gator Todd is among a seven way tie at 19th at three over. He shot 73-74/147. Matthew Swan is a shot back and among a 10-way tie at 26th (76-72/148). And Joseph Sykora is among a 11-way tie for 43rd. Sykora followed a nightmare first round where he double bogeyed 17 and triple bogeyed 18 and shot 81 with a second round where he shot three under par, 69. He double-birdied the 12th hole in the second round shooting three on the par five. He birdied the 15th and 18th holes in that second round.