'Bama holds off S. Carolina for SEC title

Cory Whitsett

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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.

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