'Bama holds off S. Carolina for SEC title
Monday, April 22, 2013
Alabama won its second consecutive SEC Championship on Sunday at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Ga. The Crimson Tide shot a final-round 290 to finish at 8-over 848, two shots better than South Carolina.
Alabama, No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, has won its past four starts, and five of its six spring events; the only exception was the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, where the Tide finished second to top-ranked Cal.
No. 33 South Carolina started the SEC Championship’s final round with a three-shot lead over the Tide, but shot 15-over 295 to finish second.
Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen, No. 45 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won medalist honors with an 8-under 202 total. His bogey-free 66 Sunday was the low score of the day by three strokes, and one of only two rounds in the 60s. Cappelen, who was bogey-free over the final two rounds and made just two bogeys in 54 holes, finished three shots ahead of South Carolina’s Caleb Sturgeon, who started the final round with a four-shot lead but shot a final-round 73 to finish at 205.
Alabama’s Cory Whitsett and Florida’s Tyler McCumber tied for third at 1-under 209. Whitsett has finished in the top 3 in five of six starts this spring, including three wins and a runner-up. His worst finish this spring is seventh at the Schenkel Invitational.
Alabama also got top-10 finishes from Trey Mullinax (9th) and Bobby Wyatt (T-10). Defending SEC champion Justin Thomas finished 12th after shooting a final-round 70.
Texas A&M and Missouri, both playing in their first SEC Championship, finished fourth and T-7, respectively.