Alabama tops Wake to win Carpet Capital
Alabama kicked off the 2010-11 season with a victory Sunday, closing with a 1-over 289 to win the Carpet Capital Collegiate.
The Crimson Tide finished at 8-under 856 at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga., to top runner-up Wake Forest (287) by four shots, and Georgia Tech (291) and Clemson (296) by six shots. They made 57 birdies and three eagles en route to victory.
It was the third time Alabama has won the Carpet Capital in the last four years.
Alabama was ranked No. 7 in Golfweek’s preseason poll.
The Tide were led by freshman Bobby Wyatt, who shot rounds of 69-71-71 for a 6-under 211 total in his first collegiate event. He finished fourth. Alabama junior Bud Cauley (70) tied for fifth at 212 and freshman Cory Whitsett, the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, tied for 12th.
Cauley finished the 2009-10 season No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Wyatt shot 57 this summer en route to winning the Alabama Junior.
Alabama finished fourth at the SEC Championship last spring and failed to advance to the NCAA Championship for only the second time in the past six years after a ninth-place showing at the NCAA East Regional.
Georgia, No. 3 in Golfweek’s preseason poll, tied for sixth at 12-over 876.
Wake Forest junior Lee Bedford shot rounds of 72-66-68 for a 10-under 206 total to win the individual title by two shots over Demon Deacons sophomore Evan Beck (72). Bedford birdied Nos. 12 and 14, then hit 3-wood to 12 feet and made the eagle putt on the par-5 15th before closing with a birdie at No. 18. It was Bedford’s second collegiate victory. He was an honorable mention All-American last season and was second on the team in scoring average.
Auburn sophomore Blayne Barber, the second-round leader, shot 75 and finished third at 6-under 210.
Alabama will play Sept. 17-19 at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club near Chicago.