Milkshake Time For Alabama Men’s Golf
The University of Alabama men's golf team won its second team championship at the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Georgia. Hosted by Kennesaw State, the Tide was able to play sensational golf, finishing at 14-under par, eight strokes ahead of second-place Georgia Tech.
Alabama started the tournament ranked No. 20 and expected stiff competition from the field which included No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 11 Georgia Tech and No. 16 Virginia. This is the team's second win of the season, with its last win coming at the Rod Myers Invitational where Canon Claycomb won individual medalist honors.
The team undoubtedly will continue head coach Jay Seawell's long-held tradition of celebrating wins with milkshakes. Freshman Nick Dunlap will, of course, need the biggest milkshake on the team as he not only helped the Tide take first but also won his first individual medalist honor.
Dunlap shot a leading 10-under par with his teammates not too far behind. JP Cave finished tied sixth at 3-under par and Thomas Ponder finished tied eighth at 1-under par. The best round for the Tide came on day two as Dunlap was able to start with an eagle on the second hole, eventually ending with a 6-under-par 66 for the day.
After a disappointing 13th-place finish at the Cabo Collegiate head coach Jay Seawell was more than enthused with his team after the win.
"I am really proud of our guys, especially coming off a bad finish in our last tournament," said Seawell. "We met as a team after that tournament and discussed how we felt that was not our identity. We are a good team and we reiterated that to them. We went out and had some good practices leading up to the Linger Longer, which was important. I couldn't be prouder of how the boys responded. Anytime you are coming off a poor tournament, you want to have the type of team that responds. That is exactly what we did."
This win scratches off several long-standing statistics for Alabama golf. Firstly, Dunlap is the first freshman to win individual medalist honors since Robbie Shelton did so in the 2013-14 season. It is also the sixth time the Crimson Tide has won the Linger Longer Invitational and the fourth time an Alabama golfer has won individual medalist honors at the event.
The Crimson Tide will tee it up for its final regular season tournament at the Mossy Oak Collegiate on April 2-3.