AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Alabama men’s golf team shot a final round of 6-under par 282 Sunday to vault five spots up the leaderboard and finish in sixth overall at the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational. The Tide carded the second-lowest team total of the day and closed the two-day, 54-hole event with a 2-over 866 (297-287-282).
As a result of the win, UA’s overall head-to-head record improved to 46-45-1 on the season which moved the Tide over the .500 mark and eligible for postseason play. Alabama will have to finish in the top half of the SEC Championships (April 20-24) to be considered for NCAA Regional play.
Junior Canon Claycomb continued his hot spring season, leading the Crimson Tide for the third time in four events by recording a 6-under par 210 (73-70-67) which placed him 11th overall. He posted three birdies and an eagle in Sunday’s final round on the par-72, 7,086-yard Forest Hills Country Club track, resulting in a 5-under par 67 – his team-leading ninth round in the 60s this season.
Sophomore JP Cave fired a final-round 69 to jump 13 spots up the leaderboard into 16th place. It was his second top-20 finish of the season and the sixth time he had a round in the 60s. The sophomore carded five birdsies throughout Sunday’s final round, finishing the tournament at 2-under par 214 (74-71-69).
Coach Seawell Comments
“I am really proud of our guys. They responded on a day that we desperately needed to have a good round. When our team is focused, we’re good. We have to learn how to do that every day, every hole, every shot. We have proved we can play with the best teams in the country, but we just need to be more consistent. We needed that performance because it put us over the .500 mark going into SECs which was big. care of business there so we can get into NCAA Regionals, which we are hosting.
- Canon Claycomb and JP Cave led the Tide’s lineup throughout the event, both earning top-20 finishes individually
- The top-15 finish is Claycomb’s third of the season and sixth of his career
- It also marked his sixth consecutive top-25 finish
- Cave had his best finish and second top-25 result of the spring season
- Charlie Nikitas shot his best round of the tournament Sunday, carding a 1-under par 71 to finish at 6-over 222 (79-72-71) which tied for 42nd overall
- Thomas Ponder finished in 53rd place on the individual leaderboard after a final round 75, totaling an 8-over par 224 for the tournament
- Jack Goldasich finished tied for 68th with a 234 (78-74-82) to round out the Tide’s lineup
- No. 12 Texas took home the tournament title in dominant fashion, finishing 26 strokes ahead of the field at 50-under par 814
- No. 2 Oklahoma State finished behind the Longhorns in second at 24-under par 840, with No. 24 Illinois rounding out the top three at 16-under par 848.
- No. 13 Notre Dame finished in fourth at 15-under 849, followed by No. 28 South Carolina in fifth at 5-under par 859 (288-280-291).
- The 15-team field featured eight of the nation’s top-50 teams, including No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 12 Texas, No. 13 Notre Dame, No. 24 Illinois, No. 28 South Carolina, No. 35 University of North Florida, No. 37 Alabama and No. 45 Northwestern. Augusta University, UCF, Furman, Georgia State, Mercer, Navy and Chattanooga round out the competing teams.
- Augusta served as host for the two-day, 54-hole event
- The Tide will begin the postseason at the SEC Championships in Sea Island, Ga., on April 20-24.
- The first three days of the championship will feature 54-holes of stroke play, with match play beginning on Saturday, April 23 and concluding on Sunday, April 24.
- The final match play round will be televised on SEC Network, with live scoring available throughout at Golfstat.com.
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