Alabama Finishes T-7th in Men's Golf Season Opener


Sunday, September 12, 2004

Clint Provost

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Playing among a field that included seven Top 25-ranked teams, the University of Alabama men’s golf team finished T-7th and produced a top 10 individual Sunday at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges.

The tournament, held Saturday and Sunday at The Ridges Golf and Country Club in Johnson City, Tenn., was the 2004-05 season opener for the Crimson Tide. Next up for Alabama is the Mason Rudolph Invitational which Vanderbilt hosts in Nashville September 27-28.

At its opener, transfer Thomas Hagler was making his University of Alabama debut and proved himself an asset to the Tide’s lineup. The former Augusta State golfer shot four under par in the final round to finish the tournament at two under par and in a tie for seventh place in the final individual standings. Hagler shot 69-77-68/214. True freshman Mark Harrell had Alabama’s next best showing for the weekend. He finished tied for 33rd at five over par, shooting 73-75-73/221. Clint Provost finished one stroke back and tied at 35th. He carded 74-75-73/222 for the weekend. Lance Walker finished in a tie at 54th after scoring 72-74-79/225, and Joseph Sykora finished 77th, carding 77-74-83/234.

The University of Tennessee, ranked No. 30, bested the field of 15 teams with its ten under par finish, shooting 282-292-280/854 as a team in the 54-hole tournament on the par 72 course. TCU, ranked tenth nationally, finished second at seven under par (857) and four strokes ahead of No. 2 ranked Clemson (861). No. 18 ranked Oklahoma finished fourth (870), No. 21 Wake Forest finished fifth (871), LSU finished sixth (873), Alabama and No. 15 South Carolina finished tied at seventh, Alabama with round scores of 288-298-293/879. Virginia finished ninth (880), North Carolina and No. 23 Duke finished tied for tenth (883), No. 24 Kansas finished 12th (884), Virginia Tech and host East Tennessee State finished tied for 13th (885) and Florida State finished 15th (891).