March 22, 2013
GREENSBORO, Ga. - The second-ranked Alabama men's golf team travels to the Linger Longer Invitational this weekend in search of its third straight tournament title on the par-72, 7,073-yard Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation.
Crimson Tide junior Cory Whitsett has also won two straight medalist honors at the Linger Longer, combining to shoot 21-under par over six rounds on the Great Waters layout. The Houston, Texas, native is even par on the year with a 71.54 scoring average and a tie for first at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters earlier this month.
Alabama has won two of its three tournaments this spring and three events this season. UA is fresh off of a 16-under-par performance to win the Schenkel Invitational and a 33-under 831 to win in Puerto Rico with a tie for second in between at the SH Collegiate Masters.
Justin Thomas, the reigning Golfweek National and SEC Player of the Week, shot a 9-under-par total of 207 to win the Schenkel Invitational for his school-record sixth tournament victory. Thomas is ranked sixth nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and leads the team with a 70.83 scoring average.
Along with No. 2 Alabama, the Linger Longer Invitational field includes ranked teams such as No. 11 Georgia Tech, No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 15 Georgia and No. 33 Oklahoma. The field also boasts UNC-Charlotte, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Mercer, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State and South Florida.
Junior Bobby Wyatt and senior Scott Strohmeyer remain stalwarts in the Tide lineup that will also feature Trey Mullinax at the Linger Longer Invitational. Tom Lovelady and Lee Knox are also making the trip to Greensboro, Ga., to compete as individuals.
The first 36 holes of the event are slated for Saturday, March 23, with a shotgun started slated for 7:30 a.m. (CDT). The final round tees off at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 24.
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