Alabama, Mullinax cruise to Isleworth victories
WINDERMERE, Fla. – Alabama senior Bobby Wyatt let UCF up for breath at the par-3 11th hole by hitting his tee shot in the water – twice.
But the Crimson Tide captain responded with back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13, helping lead Alabama to a 12-stroke victory over UCF at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. The win is Alabama’s third straight this year.
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Wyatt and junior Trey Mullinax – who earned medalist honors after finishing the tournament at 11 under – fended off a mid-round comeback from UCF.
The Knights fought back to within three strokes of the Crimson Tide, which came into the final round with an 11-stroke lead. But by the time the final group reached the 15th tee box, Alabama had stamped out the comeback and was back to a nine-stroke advantage.
“I’m really proud of them. We battled California, and Central Florida on their home golf course,” Alabama coach Jay Seawell said. “They’re really great teams, so we knew it was going to be a battle. The wind came up, Central Florida came within a couple of shots of us – we had a couple of stumbling blocks – but I’m really proud of how we turned the tide, no pun intended, back around.”
Said Mullinax: “It was great. Awesome win for me and the team. This was my first big collegiate win and we look forward to keep playing in the fall.”
Wyatt’s seven on No. 11 put him out of contention for medalist honors, but Seawell said he saw maturity in Wyatt’s resolve.
“He’s a captain. A couple of years ago he wouldn’t have done that,” Seawell said. “For him to keep his head and come back with two birdies, shows you who he is.”
Mullinax shot rounds of 66, 68 and 71, becoming Alabama’s second medalist in three tournaments this season.
“We were interested to see how he would handle today. And wow, I’m really impressed with his whole week. To shoot under par out here every round is a really big deal.”
UCF (14 under), California (5 under), Florida State (4 over) and Illinois (5 over) rounded out the top five of the star-studded tournament. The event featured eight golfers that were named either first- or second-team All-Americans by Golfweek last year.
Florida State’s Hank Lebioda finished runner-up with a final round 69. Lebioda finished at 7 under for the tournament.