Alabama's Thomas wins first college start

Alabama's Justin Thomas after winning his college debut, the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

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Alabama freshman Justin Thomas won his first college start Sunday, posting a closing 65 to win the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm GC in Rocky Face, Ga.

Thomas finished at 10-under 206 to top Benjamin Weilguni of Chattanooga by four shots. Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson, Georgia’s Bryden Macpherson (reigning British Amateur champion), Tennessee’s Garrick Porteous and LSU’s Sang Yi tied for third.

Thomas, Golfweek’s No. 5-ranked incoming freshman, was a finalist at the 2010 U.S. Junior and made the cut at the PGA Tour’s 2009 Wyndham Championship.

“We learned that Justin Thomas is pretty good,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said after Sunday’s round. “Everything just kind of clicked for him today with a birdie on No. 9, and he just played spectacularly over the last nine holes.”

Playing without U.S. Walker Cupper Blayne Barber, Auburn captured the team title, finishing five shots ahead of Tennessee.

“It was an exciting weekend,” said Auburn assistant coach Evan Osteen. “We played solid all tournament and especially down the stretch when it counted the most. A couple of teams made some runs at us today. Georgia Tech made a strong final round push. We just stuck to our game plan and played absolutely beautiful down the stretch.”

Dominic Bozzelli and Will McCurdy led the Tigers, No. 10 in Golfweek's pre-season rankings. Bozzelli and McCurdy tied for eighth at 213.

Georgia Tech, No. 4 in the pre-season rankings, finished third, while the top-ranked Crimson Tide finished fourth.

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