Top-ranked Alabama takes winning streak south of the border
LOS CABOS, Mexico -- Alabama puts its 11 tournament winning streak on the line this weekend at the SMU Querencia Cabo Collegiate on the par 72, 7,070-yard Querencia Golf Club.
The Crimson Tide captured its 11th consecutive tournament victory this past Tuesday at the Puerto Rico Classic with a 45-under par 819 and begin play at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate on Sunday. The event concludes with the third and final round on Tuesday. This year marks Alabama's first visit to the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.
The reigning NCAA champions will feature a lineup that includes a trio of seniors with Cory Whitsett, Bobby Wyatt and Trey Mullinax along two true freshmen Robby Shelton and Gavin Moynihan.
Mullinax is currently the nation's top-ranked golfer by both Golfstat.com and Golfweek. He enters the weekend with a 69.20 scoring average and five top eight finishes in five starts this season. He 24-under par for the season (-1.60 strokes per round) and has one medalist honor at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.
Shelton is coming off of his second medalist honor of the season in Puerto Rico after shooting 12-under 204. He is ranked fourth in the most recent Golfstat rankings and boasts a scoring average of 69.93 strokes per round (-0.87 per round).
Wyatt and Whitsett both posted top 10 finishes at the Puerto Rico Classic and enter play in Mexico with scoring averages of 70.28 and 70.89 respectively. Wyatt is ninth in the most recent Golfstat rankings and Whitsett is 39th. Moynihan, a member of the 2013 GB&I Walker Cup team, competed as an individual in Puerto Rico and has a 73.50 stroke average in six rounds this season.
SMU is hosting the fourth Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate, marking the Mustangs’ second appearance in the event. Arkansas won the first two renditions of the tournament, and then Mississippi won last season after the tournament was shortened to one round due to rain. The course will have three different yardages during the three rounds, all playing to a 71 par.
The tournament field features 14 teams including Houston, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Baylor, SMU, LSU and Kentucky, The field also includes 19 players ranked in the top 100 of the GolfWeek/Sagarin individual rankings, including national No. 1 Trey Mullinax of Alabama. Six players are also on the Ben Hogan Award watch list; Trey Mullinax, Robby Shelton, Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt of Alabama, Sebastian Cappelen of Arkansas and Bryson Dechambeau of SMU.