WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. – The University of Alabama golf team shot 2-over par in Sunday’s final round to move up three spots and finish fourth at the 2007 Ping/Golfweek Preview.
The two-day tournament was held Saturday and Sunday at Purdue’s Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex-Kampen Course. Alabama shot 301-290-290/881 on the par 72 course to finish 17-over par in its third tournament of the season and third in three weeks.
Three Crimson Tide golfers finished among the top 20 individuals, led by Gator Todd. The senior shot 1-over par in the final round to finish 2-over for the tournament and T-9th with round scores of 73-72-73/218. He birdied three holes in his final round. Junior Matt Hughes finished a shot back and T-11th at 3-over par for the weekend. Hughes shot 76-70-73/219. Senior Mark Harrell birdied six holes in his final round Sunday to post a 3-under par 69 for his last day. Harrell finished T-19th, shooting 78-74-69/221. Matthew Swan finished T-37th at 9-over par, shooting 74-76-75/225, and Joseph Sykora finished T-59th at 15-over par. He shot 81-74-76/231.
Charlotte’s Stefan Wiedergruen shot 4-under in the final round to take the individual win (70-71-68/209) and lead Charlotte to the team championship in a tournament where 13 of the 15 teams were ranked. Charlotte finished 3-over par for the tournament, shooting 288-288-291/867 to win by four against Oklahoma State (871). At third was Southern California (873), followed by Alabama (881), Minnesota (882), Arizona State (883), Florida State (886), Florida *889), Texas A&M (892), UNLV (893), Lamar (897), Louisville (898), Georgia State (901), team host Purdue (903) and Coastal Carolina (926).
After playing three tournaments since its opener in Japan September 4-6, Alabama now gets a short break in its schedule. The Tide returns to the course against yet another strong field when it hosts the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at Birmingham’s Old Overton Club on October 8-9, Monday and Tuesday. The field of 12 there will include Alabama, Auburn, UAB, Brigham Young, East Tennessee State, Florida, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, North Carolina, Texas, Texas Tech and UNLV. There is no admission charged to the tournament which is named after former Tide golfer Jerry Pate who now plays on the PGA’s Champions Tour after a successful career on the PGA Tour.
In its first three tournaments of the fall season, Alabama has one team championship, at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, a second place finish at Japan’s TOPY Cup, and now this fourth place finish. Sykora has won an individual tournament championship for Alabama this season, besting the field at the TOPY Cup.