Alabama captures Linger Longer title
Whitsett ties school record with 8-under 64 to lead Crimson Tide
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Sixth-ranked Alabama continued to flex its muscle on Sunday in the final round of the Linger Longer Invitational, shooting 14-under 274 for a 54-hole total of 26-under-par 838 on the par-72, 7,073-yard Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation.
The Crimson Tide bested second-place Georgia (-12, 852) by 14 shots to capture their second consecutive Linger Longer Invitational title and their second consecutive tournament this year. The Tide has won its last two events by a combined 36 shots and three of the four events they have played this spring. The Crimson Tide has combined to shoot 73-under par in their last two events (six rounds).
Cory Whitsett turned in a remarkable round on Sunday, tying a school record of 8-under par he shared with Bud Cauley and Chip Deason. Whitsett entered the day at even par but stormed back to tie for first and defeat Georgia's Nick Reach in a playoff for his third career medalist honor.
"Cory had quite a round with a 64," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "He made birdie on the first and then holed out with an eight iron on the par-5 second for a double eagle and that kind of set the day in motion. It was a great round and he played well from start to finish. He then holed out another eight iron on the 16th for eagle."
The 8-under-par 64 was impressive from Whitsett but how he got there is the amazing part. After his 4-under par start on the first two holes, he made his only bogey of the round on the third hole and then sank birdies on the seventh and ninth holes to make the turn at 5-under-par 31.
Whitsett then reeled off six consecutive birdies before holing out on the par-4, 457-yard 16th hole to get to 7-under. He then made birdie on the par-5 18th to post his 64.
"I was very proud of the guys today," Seawell said. "Georgia did a great job and got close to us, and I wanted to know what kind of team we had when someone got close. It was great to see the team go low today when the tournament was on the line and an SEC foe, in their backyard, is right on your heels. I think we are starting to get that momentum that I like to see in a golf team."
Scott Strohmeyer came up with a big round for Alabama on Sunday with a 4-under-par 68 that tied his career best. He began the day in a tie for 33rd position, but finished at even-par 216 in a tie for 16th.
Justin Thomas also continued his strong play with a 2-under 70 in the final round for a 4-under total of 212, giving him a tie for sixth place. Hunter Hamrick shot even-par 72 Sunday and finished tied for 14th at 1-under-par 215.
Bobby Wyatt was the Tide's drop score in round three at 4-over 76, finishing tied for 16th at even par. Trey Mulllinax competed as an individual at the Linger Longer Invitational, also finishing 16th at even-par 216 after rounds of 68, 74 and 74.