Alabama goes wire-to-wire for Jerry Pate title
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Alabama won its own Jerry Pate Intercollegiate on Tuesday in wire-to-wire fashion. It’s the second tournament title of the season for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama, No. 1 in Golfweek’s rankings, shot 3-under 277 in the final round at Old Overton Country Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala., and finished the tournament at 11-under 829. Texas A&M was the next-closest team at 5-over 845. Alabama-Birmingham rounded out the top 3 another shot back.
“The guys did a really good job today,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “These were championship pins today - the really tough pins. The greens were a little faster, and to shoot under par around Old Overton is an accomplishment. I am proud of our team, and they way they played. Everybody stepped up today and did their job, it is a good victory.”
It was the sixth team victory for the Crimson Tide at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in the last eight years and second straight. It also marked just the second time in school history Alabama has won its first two events. The 2006-07 team won its first three events.
The Crimson Tide’s average margin of victory in its first two events is 17 shots.
Alabama-Birmingham’s Wilson McDonald won the individual title with an 8-under 202 (65-67-70) and Alabama’s Trey Mullinax was second at 205 (66-71-68).
Information from Alabama Athletics used in this report