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Tide Golfers Finish 3rd at Vanderbilt's Mason Rudolph


Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Clint Provost

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FRANKLIN, TENN. – The University of Alabama moved up two spots into a third place finish at Vanderbilt’s Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide had been in fifth place among the field of 15 going into the final round. It carded 286-281-286/853 for a one over par team finish for the 54 holes.

Georgia State, which finished 11th at the 2004 NCAA Championships, ran away with the tournament’s team championship, led by Ty Harris’s 18-under-par final scorecard. Harris shot 63-68-64/195, tying the tournament’s low round record on Monday with the 63 he shot in the opening round. He finished 11 strokes ahead of second-place finisher Jordan Dempsey of Ole Miss (70-67-69/207) on the par 71 Ropers Knob course at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.

Georgia State, coached by former Tide golfer and assistant coach Matt Clark, shot 21-under par for the 54 holes and beat host team Vanderbilt by twenty shots. The final team standings found Georgia State first (831), followed by Vanderbilt (851), Alabama (853), Florida State, Ole Miss and UAB in a three-way tie for fourth (854), SMU (856), Charleston (857), North Florida (865), UCF (866), tied at 11th Kansas State and Virginia (869), LSU (871), North Carolina Wilmington (878) and Middle Tennessee State (887).

In its second straight tournament, Alabama produced a top ten individual finish. Clint Provost shot 71-70-71/212 to finish one under for the tournament and in a tie at 9th place among the individual standings. Alabama freshman Mark Harrell shot 76-67-70/213 to finish at even par and in a tie for 15th. A stroke back at tied at 21st was his teammate, Thomas Hagler. Hagler finished one over par, carding 68-74-72/214. Joseph Sykora finished tied at 32nd, carding 72-71-7/216 to finish three over par. And Dwight Rogers finished 60th, shooting 75-73-75/223.

Next up for the Crimson Tide will be its most challenging tournament of the year, its own Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. The tournament, which features many of the NCAA’s collegiate powers and All-Americans in its field of 12 teams, will be October 11-12 at Birmingham’s Old Overton Club.