Alabama sets records, leads by 11 at Isleworth
WINDERMERE, Fla. – It was a record-breaking type of day for the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational on Monday.
After a 16-under 272 in the second round, which breaks the previous 18-hole record of 13 under by the Georgia Bulldogs in 2007, the Tide will take an 11-shot lead into the final round of the tournament. In second place is Central Florida after a second-round, 7-under 281. California, No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, sits 18 shots back of Alabama in third place.
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The Tide’s 36-hole total actually breaks the low 54-hole total set by Georgia (23 under) in ’07.
The team handled the pairing pretty well with Central Florida and California considering the No. 1 team in the Golfweek Rankings outshot both teams by seven.
“Well I was very impressed with how they handled everything,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “It was a great pairing. I know they were excited.”
Both senior Bobby Wyatt (67) and freshman Robby Shelton (68) shot bogey-free rounds.
Seawell was most impressed with sophomore Tom Lovelady and the way he bounced back after an opening 79.
“Tom had a tough day yesterday, but he did a lot of good things today for his confidence and his team’s confidence,” Seawell added.
Seawell continued that the team hasn’t had the best of fall seasons in recent years, due in large part to the busy summer most of his players have had. But this year with the senior leadership of Wyatt, 36-hole leader Trey Mullinax and Cory Whitsett – the team’s last fall together – they weren’t going to allow for failure this early in the season.
“I think your team is as good as your leadership,” Seawell said. “We want this fall to be special. Our leadership wanted it to be.”
It has translated into one another’s game as the Tide control the top two spots on the individual leaderboard after the senior round.
Mullinax fired a 4-under 68 to sit at 10-under 134. With a first-round 66, Mullinax, No. 1 in the Golfweek Individual Rankings, broke the 36-hole tournament record that had been set by three players including Pablo Martin (Oklahoma State) and Roberto Castro (Georgia Tech) in 2004.
Mullinax made his first and only bogey so far on the 33rd hole after leaving his approach shot into the par-3 15th below the green.
“I thought I hit a pretty good shot, but it came up just short,” said Mullinax, who is looking for his first victory of the season. “And then I didn’t have a terrible chip shot, but it was up the hill and into the grain and I didn’t hit it solid.”
It rolled out to 12 feet, but he couldn’t convert on the par-saving attempt.
Wyatt is two shots back of his teammate after a second round 5-under 67.
“It’s (gonna) be fun,” Mullinax said. “Bobby and I are pretty competitive towards each other, so it’s (gonna) be a fun day.”
The Tide are looking to start the season on a three-tournament winning streak, capture their second individual title of the season and set more records in the making.