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Tide Golfers Finish 11th At Augusta State Among Strong Field


Sunday, April 04, 2004

Lance Walker
Lance Walker

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AUGUSTA, GA. – Competing among a field that included ten top-25 ranked teams, the University of Alabama finished 11th Sunday at the Cleveland Golf Augusta State University Invitational.

The 54-hole tournament began on Saturday with the first two rounds and concluded on Sunday with the final round, though darkness suspended completion of second round play for some teams on Saturday evening, including Alabama. Those teams reported to the course early Sunday morning to finish the final holes of their second round play then followed with the final round. The leading teams did not even tee off for the third round until after 1 p.m.

Minnesota won the tournament’s team championship, finishing at three under par and carding team scores of 283-291-287/861 to finish five strokes ahead of UCLA and Duke who both tied for second after shooting 266 team scores. Host Augusta State finished fourth on its home course (871), followed by Georgia (874), Clemson (876), Wake Forest (877), N.C. State, South Carolina and Texas (882), Alabama (302-287-297/886), North Carolina (889), North Florida (890), Georgia Southern, Toledo and Notre Dame (892), Virginia Tech (893) and East Tennessee State (902).

The individual championship came down to a playoff between Clemson’s Matt Hendrix and Duke’s Nathan Smith. Hendrix made par on the first playoff hole to win. His tournament score card included rounds of 72-68-67/207, finishing the tournament at nine under. Smith shot 68-70-69/207.

Clint Provost came in with Alabama’s best finish. He finished T-12th after carding 72-70-75/217, ending at one over par on the par 72 course at Forest Hills Golf Club. Alabama had five golfers competing. Lars Brovold made a rare non-top 25 finish as he shot 76-69-77/222 to finish six over par and T-35th. Brovold had finished among the top 25 in all ten of his previous tournament appearances this season, including six top five finishes with a tournament championship among those.

Lance Walker finished T-44th (77-74-73/224) shooting one over in his final round Sunday. One stroke back was his teammate Austin Hynson who shot 77-74-74/225 to finish T-52nd. And Max Alverio shot 78-81-75/234 to finished T-82nd.

After playing back-to-back tournaments within four days of one another this past week, which was the University of Alabama’s Spring Break week, Alabama will get a little rest. Next up for the Crimson Tide is the Southeastern Conference Men’s Golf Championships which will be held April 16-18 at Sea Island, Ga.