April 3, 2014
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The University of Alabama men's golf team will participate in the 2014 Mason Rudolph Championship this weekend at the par-71, 7,100- yard Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course.
The Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and returns to action after finishing second at the Linger Longer Invitational a little over a week ago.
The Mason Rudolph Championship is back after a one-year hiatus. The Commodores won the last event in 2012 and will look to repeat as champions under second year coach Scott Limbaugh, who previously served as assistant coach at Alabama from 2007-12.
Alabama's last appearance in the Mason Rudolph Championship came in 2004. The Crimson Tide won the inaugural event in 2001 and played each of the first four events (2001-04).
Alabama Head Coach Jay Seawell will stick with the same five golfers who competed in the Linger Longer, an experienced group comprised of seniors Cory Whitsett, Bobby Wyatt, Trey Mullinax, sophomore Tom Lovelady and freshman Robby Shelton. For the second straight tournament, Robby Prater will compete as an individual.
Shelton aims to build on his strong freshman campaign after finishing tied for first individually at the Linger Longer Invitational. Alabama placed four in the top 10 with Mullinax finishing fifth, while Whitsett and Wyatt tied for 10th place.
Alabama makes its first appearance at the Mason Rudolph since 2004 and will go up against a talent-laden field featuring No. 12 Vanderbilt, No. 20 Florida State, Ball State, College of Charleston, ETSU, Florida State, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, Louisville, Mercer, MTSU, Rice, Southern Miss, and Western Kentucky.
The Crimson Tide will be paired with Florida State and Vanderbilt in Friday's opening round. Lovelady will be first to tee off at 8:45 a.m.
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