Sunday, April 17, 2005
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. – Two freshmen from the University of Alabama made their first appearance in a league championship here this past weekend and left with Top 25 finishes.
Alabama’s Gator Todd and Mark Harrell finished among the Top 25 in the final standings at the 2005 Southeastern Conference Men’s Golf Championships. The 54-hole tournament, held at the par 70 Seaside Golf Course began on Friday and concluded on Sunday. Todd finished T-12th with Auburn’s Lee Williams. Todd carded 71-71-79/221, finishing 11 over par in the tournament. Harrell finished in a six-way T-25th. His tournament scores were 71-78-77/226.
No. 25 ranked Alabama tumbled in the final round Sunday, dropping from third in the opening round to fifth in the second round but shooting 313 in third round to fall to a ninth-place finish. The Crimson Tide shot 295-300-313/908.
Kentucky won its first league golf title Sunday. The Wildcats, who finished 35 over par as a team, carded 290-302-283/875 to best the field of 12 that included seven Top 25 ranked teams. Auburn finished two strokes back for 2nd (877), followed by Georgia (883), Florida (888), Tennessee (889), LSU and South Carolina (899), at 8th Arkansas (905), followed by Alabama (908), Mississippi State (914), Ole Miss (915) and Vanderbilt (917).
Of Alabama’s three other golfers competing in the tournament, Clint Provost finished T-42nd (76-75-79/230), Joseph Sykora finished T- 45th (77-76-78/231) and Thomas Hagler finished 50th (77-79-80/236).
The Crimson Tide now waits until the NCAA extends its postseason bids in a few weeks. The NCAA East Regional, to which Alabama is expected to receive a bid, is May 19-21 in Nashville. The NCAA finals are May 31-June 3 in Owings Mill, Md.