ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — After day one at the SEC Championship, second-ranked Alabama currently sits atop the leaderboard with an 8-under-par round of 272 at the par-70, 6,898 yard Sea Side Course at the Sea Island Golf Course.
The Crimson Tide hold a one-shot advantage against Georgia, who carded a 273. Auburn is in striking distance at third, five strokes out of the lead with Florida (283) and Kentucky (284) rounding out the top five.
“I am proud of the guys,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said following Friday’s round. “I thought we played a very, very good round and won the day. We played Alabama golf and have the lead after the first round. Bobby [Wyatt] played fantastic all day long and led us. I was proud of him. You could see this round coming in the way he was preparing, I’m just glad it happened [Friday].”
Pacing the way for the Tide on Friday was Bobby Wyatt. Wyatt carded a blistering 5-under-par 65 to cap off a solid first day for Alabama. Wyatt’s round of 65 was the lowest first-round score, two shots ahead of five others at 3-under 67. The round of 65 included five birdies and no bogeys.
“I played pretty well and hit it pretty well [Friday],” Wyatt said. “I was fortunate to be able to roll some putts in early which kind of got me going. Good way to start things off.”
Contributing identical rounds of 2-under 68 were Justin Thomas and Hunter Hamrick. The round of 68 puts the two in a tie for seventh going into Saturday’s second round.
Also scoring for Alabama was Cory Whitsett with a 1-over-par 71, while Scott Strohmeyer’s round of 3-over 73 was the Tide’s drop score on Friday.
“It is just round one and we need to come out and be great [Saturday],” Seawell said. “We have to play up to the standard of Alabama golf and look forward to the challenge.”