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Alabama Men's Golf wins Puerto Rico Classic

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RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -

Thetop-ranked Alabama men's golf team held off a final-round challenge from No. 3Georgia Tech to win the program's 11th straight tournament onTuesday at the Puerto Rico Classic with a 54-hole score of 45-under 819 on thepar 72, 6,945-yard, River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club.

Freshman Robby Shelton sharedmedalist honors with Clemson's Miller Capps at 12-under 204 after shooting a1-over 73 in the final round. Alabama placed four players in the top 10 whilecompiling the second best score in relation to par in school history at45-under after shooting 14-under 274 in Tuesday's final round.

Georgia Tech made a run atthe Crimson Tide with a tournament-low round of 20-under 268 in the finalround, but came up four shots back at 41-under 823. Georgia finished third at29-under 835 while Clemson (-17, 847) was fourth and Virginia Tech (-9, 855)was fifth.

Sophomore Tom Lovelady ledthe Tide with a 5-under 67 on Tuesday. Then when Georgia Tech pulled even onthe back nine, Alabama's senior trio of Cory Whitsett, Bobby Wyatt and TreyMullinax played their final nine holes in 7-under par to secure the win. 

The11th straight win for the Crimson Tide extended the school recordfor consecutive victories to almost a full calendar year. The last time Alabamadid not win a tournament it competed in was a tie for second at the SouthernHighlands Collegiate Masters on March 8-10, 2013.

TheTide is a combined 136-under par over the last four years – four wins – at thePuerto Rico Classic (12 rounds), averaging 11.3 strokes under during that span.The 45-under 819 is the Crimson Tide's lowest 54-hole totalsince setting the school record of 47-under (817) at the 2012 SchenkelInvitational. It is Alabama's 12th under-par total in 15 rounds thisyear. Alabama is averaging 5.1 strokes below par per round as a team thisseason.

Whitsett and Mullinaxfinished tied for eighth at 8-under 208. Whitsett carded a 4-under 68 in thefinal round while Mullinax posted a 70. Mullinax continues to lead all Tidegolfers with a 68.20 scoring average with Shelton just behind at 69.93.

Wyatt also broke 70 with a 69 in the third round to finishtied for 10th at 7-under 209. Lovelady's 67 was a career best forthe Birmingham native and included eight birdies and three bogeys. Shelton, whoshared medalist honors actually had his final-round 73 dropped from the teamtotal on Tuesday.

Alabama has a busy schedule over the next 12 days with theQuerencia Cabo Collegiate Invitational on March 2-4, followed by the SouthernHighlands Collegiate Masters on March 7-9.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics Department

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