After day one at the SEC Championship, the University of Alabama men's golf team currently sits atop the leader board with an 8-under-par round of 272 at the par-70, 6,898 yard Sea Side Course at the Sea Island Golf Course.
The Crimson Tide's eight-under 272 gives them a 1-shot lead of Georgia, who carded a 273. Auburn is in striking distance at third, five strokes out of the lead with Florida (283) and Kentucky (284) round out the top five.
"I am proud of the guys," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said following Friday's round. "I thought we played a very, very good round and won the day. We played Alabama golf and have the lead after the first round. Bobby (Wyatt) played fantastic all day long and led us. I was proud of him. You could see this round coming in the way he was preparing, I'm just glad it happened today."
Pacing the way for the Tide Friday was sophomore Bobby Wyatt. Wyatt carded a blistering 5-under-par 65 to cap off a solid first day for Alabama. Wyatt's round of 65 was the lowest-first-round score, two-shots ahead of five others at 3-under 67. The round of 65 included five birdies and no bogeys.
"I played pretty well and hit it pretty well today," Wyatt said. "I was fortunate to be able to roll some putts in early which kind of got me going. Good way to start things off."
Contributing identical rounds of 2-under 68 were Justin Thomas and Hunter Hamrick. The round of 68 puts the two in a tie for seventh going into Saturday's second round.
Also scoring for Alabama was sophomore Cory Whitsett with a 1-over-par 71, while junior Scott Strohmeyer's round of three-over 73 was the Tide's drop score on Friday.
"It is just round one and we need to come out and be great tomorrow," Seawell said. "We have to play up to the standard of Alabama golf and look forward to tomorrow's challenge."
Alabama will be playing with Georgia and Auburn in the second round. The Tide, Bulldogs and Tigers are slated to go off the first tee beginning at 7:50 a.m. (CDT).