NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Top-ranked Alabama shot 3-under par 281 Friday to secure the lead following the opening round of the Mason Rudolph Championship at the par-71, 7,100-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club.
The Crimson Tide have a seven-shot lead on second-place Kennesaw State (+4, 288) and are five shots clear of host Vanderbilt and the College of Charleston (289). Louisville is fifth at 8-over 292.
Trey Mullinax is tied for second place at 2-under par 69, two shots off the leader Zach Munroe of the College of Charleston. The senior made the turn at 2-under after birdies on the second, third, sixth and ninth holes and then made eagle on the par-5 14th to move to 4-under. He bogeyed the 15th and 18th holes to close out his round.
Senior Cory Whisett made three birdies and two bogeys on the front side and then reeled off 10 straight pars to close his round at 1-under 70. He is tied for fifth heading into Saturday's second round.
Senior Bobby Wyatt and freshman Robby Shelton both shot even-par 71 in the first round and are tied for ninth place. Wyatt, from Mobile, Ala., made four birdies in the final seven holes while birdied the 14th and made four consecutive pars to close his round. Shelton, from Wilmer, Ala., got back to even with a birdie on the 15th. Tom Lovelady's 76, which leaves him in a tie for 37th, was dropped from Alabama's team score on Friday.
Alabama will be paired with Kennesaw State and the College of Charleston in Saturday's second round.