VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. – The Alabama men's golf team shot a final round 1-under-par 279 Tuesday to finish third in the 2010 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at the par-70, 7,204-yard Old Overton Club with a three-round total of 2-under-par 838.
"We didn't play well enough to win today," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said following the final round. "We've got to learn how to finish golf tournaments down the stretch and be able to put ourselves in a position to win."
Alabama finished behind Auburn (11-under-par 829) and Florida (4-under-par 836). South Alabama finished in fourth place at 19-over-par 859, while UNLV finished fifth at 26-over-par 866.
Freshman Bobby Wyatt turned in the best finish of his young career with a tie for second place at 6-under-par 204. Following a 6-under-par 64 in the first round and a 1-under-par 69 in the second, Wyatt carded a 1-over-par 71 in final round to finish two strokes behind Auburn's Niclas Carlsson, who claimed medalist honors at 8-under-par 202.
Junior Bud Cauley finished just outside the top five in seventh place at 1-under-par 209. He fired a 1-under-par 69 in the final round. The Jacksonville, Fla., native birdied four holes on the front nine to make the turn at 4-under-par 31 but struggled on the back side, shooting 3-over-par 38.
Junior Hunter Hamrick and freshman Cory Whitsett each shot 2-over-par 72 in the final round to finish tied for 16th place at 5-over par 215.
After starting the day in a tie for 52nd place, freshman Trey Mullinax made a significant jump up the leader board with a final-round 3-under-par 67 to finish tied for 28th at 10-over-par 220. Mullinax carded four birdies and an eagle to go along with one bogey and a double bogey to pace the Tide in the final round.
"I am very proud of Trey," Sawell said. "After a tough first day in his first college tournament, he got after it today and gave us a chance. I like how he stepped up today and gave us a good round."
The Crimson Tide will take the next week and a half off before traveling to Windermere, Fla., to participate in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, Oct. 24-26, where Bud Cauley will look to defend the individual title he captured last year at Isleworth.