Interview with first round leader Bobby Wyatt
Round One Photos
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Led by sophomore Bobby Wyatt’s 5-under-par 65, the Alabama Crimson Tide shot an impressive eight-under-par 272 and grabbed the lead over Georgia by just one stroke after the first round of the SEC Men’s Golf Championship at the Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course.
Auburn stands in third place after a 3-under par 277.
“We got off to a great start and made some birdies on the first few holes that seemed to relax us a little bit,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. “I’m very proud of my team. This is always a very tough golf course. The greens are pretty soft with all of the rain recently, which made it a little more favorable for scoring.”
Wyatt’s opening-round 65 also leads the individual standings. Florida’s T.J. Vogel, T.J. Mitchell of Georgia, Mississippi State’s Chad Ramey, Wesley Bryan of South Carolina and Rick Lamb of Tennessee are tied for second overall after firing an opening-round 67. A total of 19 individuals shot even par or better to open the SEC Championship.
Excellent scoring conditions after some early morning cloud cover led to some low opening-round scores. Last year’s event saw only one team score under par the entire three days, a 278 by Alabama on day two.
The overall team rankings include Alabama (272), Georgia (273), Auburn (277), Florida (283), Kentucky (284), Tennessee (285), Arkansas (286), Ole Miss (287), South Carolina (289), Vanderbilt (289), Mississippi State (289), and LSU (296).
The field will begin play at 8:00 a.m. ET Saturday morning for Round Two of the 2012 SEC Championship. Admission is free and open to the public. Saturday’s weather forecast calls for a high of 79 degrees, partly cloudy skies, 60 percent chance of late afternoon showers or thunderstorms and winds out of the South at five to 10 miles per hour.