ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA – University of Alabama sophomore Hunter Hamrick shot a 1-over-par 71 in the final round of the 2010 Southeastern Conference Golf Championship Sunday at the par-70, 6,991-yard Sea Island Golf Club Seaside Course to finish tied for fourth place at 3-under-par 207.
As a team, the Crimson Tide shot 12-over-par 292 in the final round for a total of 878 for the tournament and finished in 12th place. Georgia took home its sixth team title of the decade with a 4-over par 844, and Bulldog junior Russell Henley picked up medalist honors by taking down South Carolina's George Bryan IV on the second playoff hole to complete the tournament sweep. Henley fired a 3-under par 67 in the final round to finish at 6-under par 204.
Hamrick began the day tied for first place, but a double bogey on the opening hole proved to be costly for the Montgomery, Ala., native. Hamrick responded by birdying the second hole, but bogeyed the par-5, 582-yard seventh hole before adding another birdie on No. 9 to card a 1-over-par 36 on the front side. A pair of bogeys on holes 11 and 14 dropped Hamrick back even more, but birdies on 14 and 17 were able to balance the score card out for an even-par 35 on the back nine.
After tying for 17th place at last year's conference tournament, the top-5 finish becomes Hamrick's best ever in the SEC Championship and is his fourth top-five in 11 events this year. Redshirt freshman Lee Knox fired a 1-under-par 69 on Sunday, his best round of the tournament, to finish at 4-over-par 214 and in a tie for 16th place. He bogeyed the second hole but put together back-to-back birdies on No.5 and 6 to finish the front nine at 1-under-par.
Knox continued his climb up the leader board with another birdie on No. 10 but gave a stroke back by bogeying the 14th. A birdie at No. 15 and a bogey on 18 capped off his first trip to the SEC Championship. Scott Strohmeyer shot a final round 4-over-par 74 to finish tied for 53rd, while sophomore Hunter Slatton carded an 8-over-par 78 to end his second SEC Championship in 56th place. Sophomore Spencer Cole shot an 83 and finished 60th.
Next up for the Crimson Tide is the NCAA Regionals on May 20-22 at a site to be determined.