Tuesday, September 17, 2002
FRANKLIN, TENN. – The University of Alabama men’s golf team collected its second top five finish in as many tournaments this fall with a third place, two under par team finish at Vanderbilt’s Mason Rudolph Collegiate.
Three Alabama golfers, though one was competing unattached, finished among the top 15 individuals. Lars Brovold, who set the school record on Monday with a 63 in the first round, finished in a two-way tie for fourth with Vanderbilt’s Mark Donnell. Brovold shot 63-72-68/203 to finish the tournament seven under par, five strokes under individual tournament champion Brandt Snedeker of Vanderbilt who scored 65-68-65/198 to finish twelve under par on the par 70 Legends Club Roper’s Knob course.
Alabama’s Clint Provost finished one over par, tying at 14th, shooting 68-70-73/211. Among those he tied with was his teammate, Lance Walker. Walker, a redshirt last year as a true freshman, was playing in his first collegiate tournament and competed as an individual. He shot 67-72-72/211. True freshman Daniel Creel was also competing unattached and finished three over par, 71-70-72/213 to tie at 21st.
Along with Brovold and Provost, Alabama’s official team of five included Austin Hynson who shot four under in his final two rounds. Hynson finished tied at 18th, following his Monday morning first round score of 76 with a 67 in the afternoon and he finished it out with 69 in Tuesday’s third and final round. Mac Butler finished tied at 28th, shooting 71-72-72/215, and Wesley Pate finished among a tie at 42nd (73-74-73/220).
Host team Vanderbilt won the tournament’s championship, shooting 29 under par (271-272-268/811) to finish 18 strokes ahead of second place College of Charleston (829). Alabama finished third (838) followed by Georgia State (839), Mississippi State (850), North Florida (852), Florida State (863), Ole Miss (864), Virginia (868), Rice (870) and Belmont (874).
“We played okay,” said Alabama men’s golf coach Jay Seawell. “We’re making some progress. It’s certainly not fun getting your tail whacked by the home team, but Vanderbilt had a great tournament. We’re learning a lot of lessons that will help us out come NCAA time.
“Lars finishing fourth and his school record were some of the positives we gained. He’s put himself in position as one of the best players in the SEC right now, and that’s very exciting. And I think we’re gelling as a team. They’re getting used to me as their new coach, and I’m understanding more about their golf game. I can feel that we’re coming together as a team.”
Next on Alabama’s schedule is a tournament it hosts that features the nation’s best golf teams, the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. The tournament will be held October 14-15 at Birmingham’s Old Overton Club.