Friday, July 16, 2004
Three former Crimson Tide golfers are among the field competing at the 2004 British Open in Troon, Scotland’s Royal Troon Golf Club. And all three are among the top of the leader board after Thursday’s first round.
The best of those rounds came from Marten Olander, an All-American who lettered at Alabama for four seasons, from 1991-94. Olander shot three under par, 68, on Wednesday. He goes into Thursday’s round tied at fourth. Olander, who has been competing on the European Tour and has won a couple of tour events including the 2001 European PGA Hardelot Challenge de France, is based out of Sweden. While he was a Crimson Tide golfer, he won the Ben Hogan Award, one of college golf’s most coveted nods.
Steve Lowery, whose PGA Tour successes include winning the International in 1994, goes into the second round a stroke behind Olander. Lowery shot 69 Wednesday and is among a tie at 13th. The Birmingham native is an All-American who lettered four seasons for the Tide, from 1980-83.
And Spike McRoy, winner on the PGA Tour’s 2002 B.C. Open, shot par, 71, on Wednesday. He’s among a tie for 40th. McRoy lettered at Alabama for four seasons, from 1987-90, and was a U.S. Amateur participant while he was a Tide golfer.
The three former Tide golfers likely bid one another greeting this morning as all three had tee-times within 50 minutes of each other. Spike McRoy was to go first. He’s playing with Scott Barr and Keiichiro Fukabori today. Two groups later, Marten Olander followed with Mark Foster and Jonathan Cheetham in his group. And the very next tee time slated after Olander’s group was Lowery’s. He’s playing today with Yoshinbu Tsukada and Matthew Hazelden.