Men's golf puts up impressive tournament numbersBy Elliott Propes | 03/22/2016 9:47pm
The No. 7 Alabama men’s golf team captured the Linger Longer Invitational on Tuesday with a 12-under par. The Crimson Tide has now won four of its last five tournaments, scoring an average of 24-under par. During this stretch of tournaments, Alabama has put up some incredible numbers.
During the four tournaments Alabama won, the team had at least three of the five players finish in the top 12. Only in the Warrior Princeville Makai did Alabama have four in the top 12. Alabama shot a 40-under par in that tournament, which was the sixth lowest in program history. In fact, the only tournament Alabama did not finish on top was the Southern Highland Masters, in which none of the players finished in the top 12.
Of the top 12 finishes, there were six top-five finishes. Tom Lovelady, Jonathon Hardee and Robby Shelton all had two top-five finishes. Shelton won the Puerto Rico Classic and the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate individually. Shelton has three individual titles for the season and is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation on Golfweek.com.
Another impressive stat during this stretch is the amount of ranked teams Alabama has finished above. The Crimson Tide has finished above seven of the Golfweek.com’s current top 15 in the four tournaments. Alabama finished higher than No. 3 UGA twice and No. 1 Florida as well.
Alabama now has 71 tournament victories in its history after Tuesday. This season's victories are coming at the right time with just two left before the SEC tournament. Alabama has to win the rest of its tournaments, including the national title to match the 2013-14 team, which won the national title and had a record of nine tournament victories.